From Airport exit, continue on I-190 East to Chicago
Take the I-294 NORTH ramp leading to
I-90 WEST Take I-90 West (Rockford) for 20 miles (approx)
Pass Elmhurst Rd, Roselle Rd and Barrington Rd.
Take Route 59 exit
Take left onto Route 59 (traffic light) going south for 8 miles (approx)
Pass Golf Rd, Streams Rd and Schick Rd.
Pass Army Trail Rd (traffic light) (stay in the left lane)
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex
2. Direction From Midway Airport
From Airport, Take Right turn (going North) onto Cicero Ave (Rt. 50)
Pass 55th Street and watch for I-55 South
Take I-55 South and watch for I-355 North
Take I-355 North toll way
Take Route 64 (North Avenue) exit 
Take left onto Route 64 (North Ave) continue west for 8 miles (approx)
Pass Gary Ave, County Farm Rd and Prince Crossing Rd.
Take right on Route 59 (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 miles
Pass Smith Road (traffic light)
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex
   
3. From Far North West suburbs
I - 90 East
Take Route 59 exit
Right on Route 59 (traffic light) going south for 8 miles (approx)
Pass Golf Rd, Stearns Rd and Schick Rd
Pass Army Trail Rd (traffic light) (stay in the left lane)
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex
4. From North suburbs
I - 355 South (Or 290 East Or 53 South to I-355 South)
Take Army Trail Road exit
Right on Army Trail Rd (traffic light) going West for 9 miles (approx)
Pass Gary Ave, County Farm Rd and Petersdorf Rd
Take left on Route 59 (going south) (stay in the left lane)
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex.
   
5. Direction from Chicago City and East suburbs
I - 90/94 west (towards O'Hare Airport)
Keep on I- 90 west towards Rockford for 25 miles (approx)
Pass Elmhurst Rd, Roselle Rd and Barrington Rd
Take Route 59 exit
Left onto Route 59 (traffic light) going south for 8 miles (approx)
Pass Golf Rd, Stearns Rd and Schick Rd
Pass Army Trail Rd (traffic light) (stay in the left lane)
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex
6. Direction from South suburbs
Take I - 355 north
Take Route 64 (North Avenue) exit
Take left onto Route 64 (North Ave) continue west for 8 miles (approx) 
Pass Gary Ave, County Farm Rd and Prince Crossing Rd.
Take right onto Route 59 (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 miles
Pass Smith road (traffic light)
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex.
   
7. Direction from Far South suburbs
Take IL Route 59 (north)
Pass 75th street, I-88, IL56 and IL38
Pass Route.64 (North Ave) (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 mile
Pass Smith Rd (traffic light)
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex 
8. Direction from West suburbs
Take IL Route 31 North
Right on Route 64(North Ave) going east for 6 miles (approx)
Left on Route 59 (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 miles
Pass Smith road (traffic light) 
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex
   
9. Direction from Ohio, Indiana, etc
Take I-80/94 West To Chicago
Exit I-80 WEST (Iowa)
Exit I-294 North (Wisconsin)
Exit I-88 WEST
Exit RT 59
Turn Right at Exit on IL RT 59 (North)
Pass Route.64 (North Ave) (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 mile
Pass Smith Rd (traffic light)
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex
10. Direction from Milwaukee, Greenbay, Gurnee
Take I-94 South To I – 294 South (Indiana)
Take I-90 WEST ( Rockford)
Take Route 59 exit
Left onto Route 59 (traffic light) going south for 8 miles(approx)
Pass Golf Rd, Stearns Rd and Schick Rd
Pass Army Trail Rd (traffic light) (stay in the left lane)
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex
   
11. Direction from St.Louis, Kansas, Peoria Springfield
Take I-55 North
Exit RT 59 North Exit 251
Drive about 33 miles
Pass Route.64 (North Ave) (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 mile 
Pass Smith Rd (traffic light) 
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex
12. Direction from Minnesota, Portland, Oregon, Washington, Dakota, Idaho etc.
Take I-90 East, 
Exit for Route-59, 
Right onto Route 59 (traffic light) going south for 8 miles (approx) 
Pass Golf Rd, Stearns Rd and Schick Rd 
Pass Army Trail Rd (traffic light) (stay in the left lane) 
Within 300 feet turn left into BAPS Complex
   
13. Directions from Iowa
Take 88 East (towards Chicago) 
Exit Route 59
Left onto Route 59 (traffic light) going north for 10 miles (approx)
Pass Route.64 (North Ave) (traffic light) continue north for 1.5 mile 
Pass Smith Rd (traffic light) 
Within half a mile turn right into BAPS Complex
 

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir encompasses: the Stone Mandir, the Wooden Haveli and Understanding Hindu Dharma Exhibition. Open to visitors from 9am – 7:00pm daily throughout the year.

Mandir:
The Mandir is a place of worship and prayer for followers of Hinduism. The structure itself is built according to the Shilpa Shastra, a collection of architectural treatises that have been an integral part of Indian architecture and engineering for thousands of years.  The sacred images and ceremonies of worship in the Mandir form the very core in elevating the soul to the pinnacle of God-realization according to Hindu philosophy. Swaminarayan Mandirs, worldwide, fulfill the ancient and lofty concept of the Hindu tradition of Mandirs.
 
Haveli:
Adjacent to the Mandir is a unique cultural complex – an intricately designed, traditional wooden Haveli. The Haveli represents a genre of traditional Indian architectural structures that were developed during the Rajput period, in the 15th-19th centuries, specifically in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Characterized by a central open courtyard, the Haveli showcases the immense woodworking skill of Indian craftsmen. It is evident in the stunning array of ornamental and symbolic motifs that adorn many brackets, pillars, arches, and balconies.    
 
Understanding Hinduism - A Unique Exhibition:
Walk through the beginning of civilization; learn about the history and beauty of Hinduism.
'Understanding Hinduism' is a well-researched pictorial presentation of facts, figures and information. For the novice or the scholar, the exhibition is inspiring and enlightening.
 
Souvenir Shop:
The Souvenir Shop is located in the left foyer of the Haveli, flanked by a large sky-lit courtyard. It is filled with a wide selection of books, postcards, CDs, DVDs, herbal products, and gifts for all ages, tastes and budgets.

GROUP & SCHOOL VISIT

A group visit to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, IL is an ideal way to learn about Hinduism and enjoy Indian art and architecture. Whether it is learning about the world’s oldest living faith, or seeing a traditional Hindu temple and witnessing the Arti ceremony, visitors of all ages (young and senior) find their trips to the Mandir to be educational, inspiring and memorable.
 
Many groups choose to visit the Mandir. Some of group visitors include schools, community groups, boy scouts and girl scouts, youth groups, senior citizens, interfaith groups, art and architecture aficionados and international tour operators.
 
Booking in advance is recommended. Please use our online booking form and the visitor guidelines to  make your visit as smooth, pleasant and productive as possible. 
 
We regularly receive many more requests than we can accommodate, especially during the summer and school year.  We request you to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
 
Light snacks and refreshments may be available upon request. There is a nominal charge for it. Please note this on the booking form (if interested).
 
Group visits are entertained throughout the week, including on weekends and federal holidays, subject to available visiting time slots.
 
Please note that morning slots are recommended because the midday Arti (ritual service) takes place at 11:15am. Afternoon visitors will need to wait until 4.00pm to view the sacred deities because the shrines are closed between 12:00pm and 4:00pm.
 
We request that all groups arrive at the Mandir about 15 minutes prior to their allotted time slot.
 
Individual school and college students who are on a special assignment need to register online for their project related tour.
 
What to Expect during Your Visit:

Your visit will consist of a short welcome and introductory address, a video presentation of the history and construction of the Mandir, and a guided tour of the Mandir.  This will take approximately 60-90 minutes, and it is free.  Please allow extra time if you wish to visit the Souvenir Shop and Shayona Food Center. Some of you may be in a group that prefers visit of a shorter duration. Tours can be arranged for shorter time anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Please indicate your choice when you book a visit.
 
Tour Reservation Procedure
:
We request you to complete the online Group Tour Reservation Form.
 
Cancellation Procedure
:
If you are unable to make it for any reason after confirmation of the reservation, please let us know by email: [email protected] or call Satish Amin (630)213-2277.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir encompasses: the Stone Mandir, the Wooden Haveli and the Heritage Exhibition.
Open to visitors from 9:00am – 7:30pm daily throughout the year:

Visiting Hours: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm
Mandir Darshan & Nilkanthvarni Darshan Timings

From

To

Description

9:00 am

10:15 am

Murti Darshan Open

11:15 am

12:00 pm

Arti (Prayer) ceremony & Murti Darshan

4:00 pm

6:00 pm

Murti Darshan

7:00 pm

 

Sandhya Arti

Sunday Activities:

Bal Mandal (Children KG-Gr. 8)

4:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Kishore Mandal (High School)

4:30 pm To 6:30 pm

Kishore Mandal (College)

12:00 am To 1:00 pm

Yuvak Mandal (ages 22-35)

3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Vadil Mandal

4:30 pm To 7:00 pm

Balika Mandal (Children KG-Gr. 8)

4:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Kishori Mandal (High School/College)

2:30 pm To 4:00 pm

Yuvati Mandal ((ages 22-35)

3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Gujarati Language Classes

2:30 pm To 3:45 pm

 

The Mandir is a house of God, open to all. In order to maintain the sanctity, visitors are requested to abide by the following rules and regulations applicable in all areas including the Mandir, Haveli and the exhibition.

Dress Code:
Casual attire. Please note: No sleeveless tops. No shorts. No skirts shorter than knee length. Visitors who do not have the appropriate dress code would be requested to wear wraps which are provided in the Haveli.
Shoes:
Please remove all footwear before entering any of the Mandir buildings. Shoe racks are provided in the Haveli area.
Photography and Videography:
May be taken from ground level outside the Mandir and Haveli . Photography & Videography is strictly prohibited inside the building.
Commercial use or publication of images of the site is strictly prohibited. Cameras may be left in the car or can be deposited at the reception desk before entering inside the Mandir.
Mobile Phones:
Visitors are requested to turn off their Cell phones during their visit inside the Mandir. Mobile phones with cameras must not be used to take photo or video inside the Mandir or the Haveli.
Parking :
Free. There are ample parking spaces for cars in the rear of Haveli. Coach passengers are requested to get off and board at the main entrance in the front.
Smoking / Intoxicants:
Smoking, Alcohol or Intoxicants are not permitted on entire premises, including parking lot.
Food and Drink:
No outside food or drinks (except water and soft drinks) are allowed on the premises. Please discard chewing gum in the trash cans before entering the building.
Pets:
No pets allowed within complex. (Service dogs allowed in most areas except sacred spaces used for prayer and meditation.)
Conduct:
Please refrain from touching the delicate carvings. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere observe silence inside the Mandir.
Children:
Children of all ages are welcome. However, visitors of age 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Special Needs:
Elevator access is available. Wheelchairs are provided upon request, subject to their availability. Please contact our information desk for assistance.
Group & School Visits:
Guided tours are available with advance booking. Please Book your visit online.
Entry:
Entry is free .Donations are welcome. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to BAPS.
Guns & Firearms are not allowed on premises

Please Note: The Management reserves the right to refuse admission to those who do not follow the above listed requirements. The Management also reserves the right to cancel or alter any visit or close the complex or part of the premises without prior notice. Every effort will be made to avoid any inconvenience. The Management is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage to any personal belongings of the visitors, during their visit to Mandir.
Please abide by the requirements.

 

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