Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera
The temple at Dholera
The temple at Dholera
Location
Country: India
State: Gujarat
Location: Dholera
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Madan Mohan Dev
History
Date built:
(Current structure)
May 19, 1826
Creator: Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera is a Hindu temple in Dholera, India, and is one of six Shri Swaminarayan Temples built by Swaminarayan.[1]

About the Mandir[edit]

Central Altar of the temple

Dholera itself is an ancient port-city, 30 k.m. away from Dhandhuka of Ahmedabad district.

The making this temple with three spires was supervised and planned by Nishkulanand Swami, Atmanand Swami, Akshardanand Swami and Dharmprasad Swami.

The land on which the building is sited was donated by Darbar Punjabhai. Swaminarayan, when camping in Kamiala, was requested by the devotees Shri Punjabhai and others, to go to Dholera to install idols in the new temple in Dholera. Swaminarayan asked Brahmin priests to find out an auspicious time for the installation ceremony.

Swaminarayan graced Dholera on the request from Punjabhai and other devotees, and on May 19, 1826 and installed the idols of Madan Mohan dev and his own form, Harikrishna Maharaj, at the principal seat of the temple amidst Vedic hymns.[2] Swaminarayan then appointed Adbhutanand Swami as the temple's mahant.[3]

Besides the deities in the inner temple and Garbhagriha, Hanuman and Ganapati grace Roop Chowki near the main stairway of the temple. On the west, near the steps, there are the idols of Sheshashayi, Suryanarayan, Dharm-Bhakti and Ghanshyam Maharaj. The idols of Shankar and Parvati are on the right hand side.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Williams 2001, p. 29
  2. ^ Dave, Ramesh (2009). Sahajanand Charitra. Ahmedabad: Swaminarayan Aksharpith. p. 149. ISBN 81-7526-152-8. 
  3. ^ Dave, Ramesh (2009). Sahajanand Charitra. Ahmedabad: Swaminarayan Aksharpith. p. 150. ISBN 81-7526-152-8. 

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