Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera
|Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera|
The temple at Dholera
|Architecture and culture|
|Primary deity:||Madan Mohan Dev|
|May 19, 1826|
About the Mandir
The land on which the building is sited was gifted 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. Swaminarayan then appointed Adbhutanand Swami as the temple's mahant.
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.
- Williams, Raymond (2001), Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-65422-7
- Shri Swaminarayan Mandirs - Dholera