BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago
|BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Chicago|
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago
|Proper name:||BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir|
|Location:||Chicago suburb of Bartlett|
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Bhagwan Swaminarayan|
|Architectural styles:||Shilpa Shastras|
|October 20, 2000|
|Creator:||Pramukh Swami Maharaj / BAPS|
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago is a Hindu temple in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, Illinois in the United States. It is one of the largest traditional Hindu Mandir of stone and marble to be constructed in the United States and was built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
The Mandir was designed according to ancient Hindu texts on temple design known as the Shilpa Shastras. It is constructed of Turkish limestone and Italian marble that was shipped to India and hand carved. The stone was then shipped to Chicago and assembled like a giant three dimensional jigsaw puzzle. From the day its first stone was laid, it took 16 months to construct, and was inaugurated on August 8, 2004 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international Hindu organisation belonging to the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism
Adjoining the Mandir, linked by an underground walkway, is Shri Swaminarayan Haveli, a cultural center. Opened on October 20, 2000, it has been designed according to traditional Indian Haveli architecture - an architectural style fashioned from wood, involving intricate carving. Behind the traditional wooden facade, the cultural center houses a large prayer hall, function hall, dining facilities, and offices.
On May 18, 2005, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago was awarded the "Best Building Suburb" award by the Chicago Building Congress (CBC) for displaying 'distinctive design, outstanding construction, and a positive impact on the surrounding community'.