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Facts & Figures

Important features of the mandir include:

  • Height: 78 ft.
  • Ghummat: (main dome), decorated with sculptures of Bhagwan Swaminarayan playing ras.
  • Shikars: 5.
  • Pillars: 74.
  • Murtis: Central shrine: Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami.
  • Left Shrine: Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Radha-Krishna Dev.
  • Right Shrine: Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj.
  • In Parikrama: Shri Ganapatiji, Shri Hanumanji.
  • Lower Floor: Shri Nilkanth Varni abhishek murti, Guru Parampara murtis.


At the auspicious time of 8.18 a.m., the murtipratishtha rituals in the Swaminarayan Mandir in Godhra began. Swamishri arrived at 8.38 a.m. and took his seat before the central shrine. Swamishri performed the rituals as Vedic verses were being recited. At the appropriate time, the doors of all the mandir shrines were opened and the invocation ceremony began in Swamishri’s presence. As Swamishri attentively looked on with folded hands, the senior sadhus performed the rituals on his behalf inside the shrines: Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj (central shrine) – Mahant Swami; Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj – Kothari Swami; Shri Harikrishna Maharaj and Shri Radha-Krishna Dev – Ishwarcharan Swami; Shri Nilkanth Varni – Doctor Swami; Shri Shiv-Parvati- Ganapatiji – Ghanshyamcharan Swami and Shri Ram-Sita-Hanumanji – Acharya Swami.

After the invocation rituals, the shrine doors were closed to adorn the murtis in garments and ornaments and thereafter annakut was offered.
Meanwhile, prayers were offered for the welfare and peace of all.

At 9.40 a.m. the shrine doors opened, revealing the beautifully adorned murtis. Swamishri performed the murti-pratishtha arti in all the shrines and offered flowers at the feet of the murtis.

Swamishri then went to the abhishek mandapam where he performed the arti and abhishek of Shri Nilkanth Varni.
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