Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Junagadh
The temple at Junagadh
|Primary deity||Ranchhodrai and Trikamrai|
|History and governance|
|Date built||May 1, 1828|
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Junagadh (Devnagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, जुनागध) is a Hindu temple in Junagadh, Gujarat, India. This temple was ordered to be built by Lord Swaminarayan himself, the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampraday.
History of this temple
The land for this shrine was gifted by King Hemantsinh (Jinabhai, Darbar of Panchala), and memories of him have been maintained here.
The construction of this temple was supervised by Brahmanand Swami.
The prana pratishta, or the installation of the deities, lasted for two full days with the festivities of the auspicious events.
On May 1, 1828 A.D., Swaminarayan himself installed Shri Ranchhodrai and Trikamrai in the inner sanctum. In the eastern wing, he installed Radharaman Dev and Harikrishna Maharaj and in the western side he installed Siddheswar Mahadev, Parvati, Ganesha and Nandishwar. The Mughal Subba Bahadur Khan paid a personal visit to the place on this occasion. Swaminarayan blessed the provincial head of the Mughal empire and honoured the king Hemantsinh for his gift of the land for the temple.
Images of this temple:
- "Life and Faith of Swaminarayan: Junagadh".
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- Williams, Raymond (2001). An Introduction To Swaminarayan Hinduism. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 38. ISBN 0 521 65422X.
- Ishwarcharandas, Sadhu (2007). Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami. Ahmedabad: Swaminarayan Aksharpith. p. 94. ISBN 81-7526-302-4.
- Williams, Raymond (2001). Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-65422-7.
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