It’s all in the details


The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Canada’s first marble Hindu Temple. An absolute marvel! Built by 2000 volunteers using ancient Vedic techniques the structure spans some 95,000 square feet. The construction methods are astounding considering there was no use nails or steel. The 24,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone were precision carved and assembled like a massive puzzle. Even the relief on certain ceilings and doors are hand carved. Best of all this structure is not only a place of Hindu worship, it also houses a museum open to the public. Though 2 years in the making and officially open just over a month the temple is getting a wealth of attention (rightly so!).

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
61 Claireville Drive, Toronto,
ON M9W 5Z7
Tel: 416 798 2277
Fax: 416 798 7798

Mandir and Museum open to visitors from 9am – 6pm daily throughout the year.

2 Comments so far

  1. arvin (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    I love this temple! Toronto has such beautiful temples, mosques, and churches which aren’t really being showcased, except maybe during Doors Open.

    This one totally inspires me. Which T.O. buildings inspire you?

  2. talk talk talk (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 10:30 am

    I didn’t realise this was actually IN Toronto. I had thought all the big mosques and temples were outside the city limits. The things you learn!

    It’s too bad they didn’t use the limestone from western Canada, Tyndall stone. It is the most stunning limestone I’ve ever seen, and it would have been symbolic of this temple being part of Canada.

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