Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago (Wheeling)

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Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Shri Swaminarayan Temple
Geography
Country United States
State Illinois
Location Wheeling
Culture
Primary deity Swaminarayan in pictorial form
Important festivals Swaminarayan Jayanti, Diwali
History and governance
Date built May 26, 1991
Website http://www.shriswaminarayan.com/

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 26 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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