Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Wheeling)

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Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Country: United States
State: Illinois
Location: Wheeling
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Swaminarayan in pictorial form
Important festivals: Swaminarayan Jayanti, Diwali
Date built:
(Current structure)
May 18, 1991

Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Wheeling is a Swaminarayan Hindu temple located in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling. It comes under the International Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal (Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi) of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. [1] The temple is also a member of the International Swaminarayan Satsang Organisation. [2]

Opened on 18 May 1991 by Acharya Shree Ajendraprasadji Maharaj, it is built on two acres of land. [3]

Built at a cost of $ 1.7 million, it is a tri-spire temple with the spires adorning the front edge of the flat topped building. Surrounded by industrial structures, it is a square shaped, cream coloured structure with a big prayer hall that caters to a 40,000 strong community and is run entirely by volunteers. The image of Swaminarayan is worshipped in pictorial form along with other avatars of Narayana. [4]

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  1. ^ Williams 2004, pp. 168
  2. ^ Williams 2001, pp. 229
  3. ^ Mitchell, Kathie (1991-07-18). "Believers build house of worship Hindu group opens 1st new U.S. temple in Wheeling". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ Padma Rangaswamy (2000), Namasté America: Indian immigrants in an American metropolis, Penn State Press, p. 258, ISBN 0-271-01981-6 


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