Enjoy hours of peace at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. As a masterpiece of exotic design and workmanship, it is replete with luminescent white pinnacles and glittering marble pillars.
Using premium Italian Carrara marble, the finest Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone, the Mandir was hand-carved into 24,000 pieces by skilled craftsmen in India. Vedic heritage and traditions have been encompassed in this place of worship that has truely introduces India’s heritage to Canada.
Deities and motifs spring from the walls, ceilings, and windows, representing the sacred faith and beliefs of a culture that dates back over 10,000 years.
The mandir is a place of worship or prayer for Hindus. It is built according to the principles of the Ancient Indian Shilpshastras. The Murtis and rituals of worship in the mandir form a very important aspect in elevating the soul to the pinnacle of God-realization. Swaminarayan mandirs worldwide fulfill the lofty concept of the Hindu tradition of mandirs.
History in the Making
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto was created through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The story of its establishment includes the quarrying of the stones, transportation and carving of the stones, including great fund-raising efforts by hundreds of selfless volunteers. From conception to completion, the mandir is truly a demonstration of divine grace coupled with the spirit of devotion.
“This awe-inspiring work of architectural brilliance will serve as a source of pride for not just Indo-Canadians,
but indeed all Canadians.”
Stephen J. Harper - Prime Minister of Canada, 22 July 2007
“…a wonderful gift to the people of Ontario,
and the people of Canada.
This is a place where people can learn about India’s rich culture and heritage, and celebrate our diversity.”
Dalton McGuinty - Premier of Ontario, 22 July 2007
"Welcome to the new Canada.
… it comes in the form of one of the most extraordinary buildings ever seen in this country."
Christopher Hume - Urban Affairs Columnist,
Toronto Star, 7 July 2007