"A Mandir is a place of paramount peace…to realize God"

- H.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj


In Sanskrit, Mandir means a place where the mind becomes still and experiences inner peace. Since Vedic times, India's sages have been enlightened with profound spiritual truths that served as basis of their rituals, philosophies, scientific discoveries and religious faith. As an expression of their spiritual faith, the yogis evolved and created beautiful Mandirs to uphold these traditions.  In a similar token, this Mandir aims to serve as a place of understanding and appreciation of India art, culture and religion for generations to come. It will stand as a sanctuary for countless men and women, who will be able to sustain their culture and heritage in the form of arts, language, music, and spiritual learning. The Mandir will provide a platform to encourage the act of giving back to our communities through various charitable efforts like Walkathons, Health Fairs, Blood Drives, and more. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, NJ will inspire the onlookers through its divinity, architecture, and humanitarian efforts for generations to come.

The construction for the site of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, NJ began in early 2010.  The Mandir was the second phase of the Hindu American Religious Center construction and was completed early in the overall project to facilitate a leveled growth of the center. In looking at the construction specifics, chiseled European marble was used to build the 12,000 sq. ft. Mandir. Despite heavy snowfall during the winter months, the mandir was completed by 2014.. A consecration ceremony was held on August 10th, 2014 in the presence of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, senior swamis from India and devotees from across the world.

The 5th, and last phase of the project, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Mahamandir is expected to be completed within the next 5-7 years. The foundation for the Mandir is complete, and the stone carving has begun in India.  Phase 4, the Visitor's Center, will also house a small exhibition on Indian history and culture.  Countless volunteer hours have gone in the design and planning for this project. The devotees have truly upheld their Guru’s vision and woven it into their mission.

In order to fully admire the Mandir’s beauty and grandeur, let’s take a glimpse at how the Mandir was made. The Mandir, built in the Nagaradi style, stands 42 feet tall, 133 feet long and 87 feet wide and is made entirely of Italian Carrara marble (68,000 cubic feet); only the third Mandir of its kind. The beautiful carvings seen around the Mandir are not only aesthetically appealing, but are also meaningful in many ways. For example, 98 pillars depict the lives of the great paramhansas (spiritual aspirants) and devotees of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Their inspiring stories, as well as Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s key messages are incorporated throughout the Mandir.

The process behind building a magnificent Mandir such as this one is multifaceted. The stone marble was quarried in Europe and sent to India through sea cargos. Once the marble reached India, it was trucked to Rajasthan where hundreds of talented artisans would begin the work of hand carving the stones. All the pieces were first assembled at the workshops in India to ensure that they fit appropriately and accurately and were subsequently numbered, using a system developed by the onsite engineers. The pieces were then disassembled, packed with care and shipped to America, where the pieces were organized to begin the process of assembling the Mandir. From Europe to USA, each stone travelled a distance of 21,500 miles.

Encasing the Mandir is a beautiful protective Mandap standing 55 feet tall and 135 feet wide.  The Mayur Dwar, or main gate, of the Mandap is adorned with 236 carved peacocks, and various other carved elephants, devotees and paramhansas.  The Mandap allows for the Mandir to be enjoyed year round, and shielded from the elements, it will ensure that the Mandir will maintain its beauty for generations to come. When looking at it from this perspective, you can certainly gauge the complex process that was required to build such a grand scale Mandir. However, the efforts that are not seen to the naked eye were equally important while making this mandir. This Mandir, like all other BAPS Mandirs, is the epitome of volunteerism and serves as a symbol to show the value of sacrificing one’s time and efforts towards bettering the community. Volunteers of all ages have devoted their time and resources from the beginning: assisting in the construction work, cleaning up around the site, preparing food for all the artisans on a daily basis and helping with other tasks. A total of 4.7 million man hours were required by craftsman and volunteers to complete the Mandir. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj has continuously inspired everyone to dedicate their best efforts towards completing this Mandir that would serve as a platform for cultivating Hindu values and serving the community in many ways.

  • 40 small Fasnakar style shikhars (spires)   
  • 2 large and 8 small ghummats (domes)   
  • 98 sthambhas (carved pillars)   
  • 66 intricately carved peacock style arches   
  • 144 carved sacred figures   
  • 58 decorative ceiling designs
  • 34 decorative grills
  • 91 elephants with various musical instruments and flowers
  • 44 Ganesh Murtis portrayed offering devotion to Bhagwan
  • 13,499 individual carved stone pieces   
  • Height: 42 feet   
  • Width: 87 feet   
  • Length: 133 feet 
  • Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami
  • Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj
  • Shri Radha-Krishna Dev
  • Shri Harikrishna Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Bhagatji Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj
  • Pragat Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  • Shri Sita-Ram Dev, Shri Lakshman and Shri Hanumanji
  • Shri Shiva-Parvati Dev, Shri Ganeshji and Shri Kartikeya
  • Shri Nar-Narayan Dev
  • Shri Vithoba-Rukmani Dev
  • Shri Lakshmi-NarayanDev
  • Shri Tirupathi Balaji Dev

Mandir           Temple/place of worship     
Murti             Sacred image of the Deities and gurus   
Darshan          Seeing the Deities with reverence and adoration 
Arti               Ritual waving of lighted wicks before the Deities       
Thal              Ritual offering of food to the Deities


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