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The new BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bodeli is located amid 12 acres of lush green surroundings and has the following features:

  • Jaisalmer Stone used: 42,000 cu.ft.
  • Height: 67.5 feet, width: 90 feet, length: 168 feet.
  • 5 shikhars, crowned with kalashes and flags.
  • Ghummat (main dome) and 20 ghummatis (secondary domes) topped with kalashes and flags.
  • Ceilings: 30, designs include: Akshar Deri, flowers, ocean waters, lotuses.
  • Pillars: 122, decorated with 108 statuettes of India’s rishis, sages and devotees.
  • Torans: 133.
  • On outer side of kakshasan (the back support of the seats aligning the parikrama wall) are 50 episodes from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan carved out of stone, together with a description of each incident.
  • Central Shrine: Bhagwan Swaminrayan, Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami; Left: Shri Harikrishna Maharaj, Shri Radha- Krishna Dev; Right: Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj.
  • Parikrama: Shrines of Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Sita-Rama-Hanumanji; Parvati-Shankar-Ganapatiji, Nilkanth Varni Abhishek Murti.
History
Murti-Pratishtha Ceremony

Pre-Pratishtha rituals: 7 March 2011 With the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and according to his instructions, the senior sadhus performed the Vedic rituals to install the murtis.

From early morning, the divine atmosphere of the occasion was palpable to all. At 7.30 a.m., the senior sadhus performed abhishek of the murtis in all the shrines.

At 8.30 a.m. the auspicious Vedic mahapuja rituals to install the murtis began. Senior sadhus performed the rituals as experienced Brahmins, Shri Ghanshyambhai Shastri, Shri Mukeshbhai Shastri and others, recited the Vedic verses. Leading devotees, seated under the main mandir dome also participated in the mahapuja rituals.

Thereafter, the Vedic invocation rituals were performed by senior sadhus: Central Shrine – Pujya Mahant Swami, Ghanshyam Maharaj – Pujya Kothari Swami, Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Radha-Krishna Dev – Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, Nilkanth Varni – Pujya Doctor Swami; Bhagatji Maharaj – Pujya Viveksagar Swami, Shastriji Maharaj – Pujya Ghanshyamcharan Swami; Yogiji Maharaj – Pujya Devcharan Swami and Pujya Akshaymuni Swami, Pramukh Swami Maharaj – Pujya Divyaswarup Swami; Ram, Sita, Hanumanji – Pujya Narayanbhushan Swami; Shiv, Parvati, Ganapatiji – Pujya Nirgundas Swami.

Following these preliminary rituals, Pramukh Swami Maharaj arrived in Bodeli on 12 March 2011. At 4.15 p.m. he performed the Vedic murtipratishtha rituals and invoked the divine presence of God and other deities in the murtis. Thereafter, Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha arti in all three main shrines. Swamishri then offered mantra-pushpanjali to the murtis including the guru-parampara and other deities. Swamishri also performed the murti-pratishtha arti of Nilkanth Varni abhishek murti.

 

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