From West (Detroit)

Hwy 401 East
Hwy 427 North
Exit on Finch Ave
Turn Right on Finch Ave.
Left on Humberline Dr.
Left on Claireville Dr.

From East (Ottawa)

HWY 401 West
HWY 409 towards Airport
HWY 427 North
Exit on Finch Ave
Turn Right on Finch Ave.
Left on Humberline Dr.
Left on Claireville Dr.

From South (Niagara Falls)

HWY 401 East/HWY 427 N
HWY 427 N
Exit on Finch Ave
Turn Right on Finch Ave.
Left on Humberline Dr.
Left on Claireville Dr.

From North (Barrie)

HWY 400 South
HWY 401 West
HWY 409 towards Airport
HWY 427 North
Exit on Finch Ave
Turn Right on Finch Ave.
Left on Humberline Dr.
Left on Claireville Dr.

Bus Route
Bus Route
From Various Stations:
From Finch Subway Station
Take bus 36B from Finch Subway Station. Get off at Viewcrest Circle (after Humber College). Walk North towards Finch Ave. (traffic light) and left on Claireville Drive (across the fire station). You will see Mandir entrance on left hand side. Approx 10 minutes walk.

From the new Finch Subway Station

Take bus 36A Finch West bus towards Humberwood. Then either transfer to the 96B Wilson West bus towards Humberline &

Albion or walk 1.3 km to
61 Claireville Dr.

From Wilson Subway Station

Take bus 96B from Wilson Subway Station. The bus will stop in front of the Mandir gates on Claireville Drive. 


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

Intricately hand-carved in Burmese teak, the Haveli reflects the traditional wooden courtyard craftsmanship of India. The word Haveli refers to a majestic mansion (often royal courts), which was popular in India during the 17th century. The Haveli’s beautiful architecture begins with hundreds of figures of musicians, poets and dancers carved into the portico, welcoming all visitors in traditional Indian manner. The entrance lobby features a richly hand-carved wooden foyer that opens into a magnificent courtyard with soaring wooden columns and panels. Hundreds of dancing peacocks, delicate lotus flowers and royal elephants beckon in greeting. The carpets are uniquely designed to compliment the carvings. The building serves as a place of worship for the Hindu community and a place of inspiration for all visitors. The Haveli is an architectural masterpiece with breathtaking intricacy not previously seen in Canada.               

Video Presentation:
In the Haveli foyer, visitors are welcome to watch an on-going multi-media presentation on the creation of the Mandir, glimpses of the opening ceremony and also learn about the spiritual heritage and traditions of India. Then, while making their way to the Mandir, visitors can pause along the way to see inspirational panels and posters. 

Nilkanth Abhishek Mandapam:
(ground floor of Mandir) – This sacred part of the Mandir welcomes all visitors to participate in the ‘Abhishek’ ritual. By participating in the ‘Abhishek’ ritual with devotion and faith, ones personal prayers and inner wishes are fulfilled whether they be for oneself or for loved ones; good health, happiness, prosperity, peace, spiritual blessing or success in life and will experience peace..

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Canada's first traditionally hand-carved stone and marble Mandir built according to the principles of ancient Indian Shilpshastras, in an extraordinary tradition that dates back many millennia. All the masonry of a Hindu Mandir is in itself load bearing, with no reinforcement from ferrous material such as steel, even in the foundations! Thousands of tonnes of fine marble and limestone have been hand-carved by skilled craftsmen.
The five ornate shrines, which are the focal point of the Mandir, houses the Murti (Sacred Deities), replete with beautiful thrones. The Mandir is a Meditation Zone, thus all visitors are required to maintain utmost silence.

Visitors can witness the Arti rituals (devotional prayer offered to God) that take place inside the Mandir. This Devotional Ceremony lasts about 15 minutes. There are separate seating arrangements inside the main Mandir for males and females during the ritual. Visitors, who are interested in attending the ceremony are requested to adhere to the seating arrangements.

(ground floor of Mandir) - The Understanding Hindu Dharma Exhibition is Canada’s premier exhibition dedicated to showcasing and promoting the understanding of the history, civilization, diversity and cultural heritage of Canadians whose ancestry originates from India. The Exhibition is uniquely designed to inspire visitors to appreciate how the rich heritage of Indo-Canadians has contributed to the fields of art, architecture, science, democracy, education, culture, pluralism and spiritual values. The Exhibition offers a unique experience of Indian Heritage.

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, CDs, DVDs and gifts for all ages, tastes and budgets. The list below provides an idea of the types of items available.

On the Swaminarayan Sampradaya
On Hinduism In English, Gujarati, and Hindi
Pictorials and storybooks for children
Popular textbooks on Hinduism

Music CDs:

Bhajans (Hindu devotional songs) in Gujarati and Hindi
Religious instrumental music
Classical and semi-classical Indian music
Relaxation music

Video DVDs:
Festivals of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya
Blessings and darshan of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj

Sculpted murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and other deities

Puja Paraphernalia:
Arti, divo, ghantadi, etc.
Shrines for the home and office

Gifts & Handicraft:
Souvenirs inspired by the Mandir.
Handicraft from India



Everyone is welcome to visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Individuals and families do not need to book their visit.

  • Schools and groups are welcome to visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. Advanced reservations are required for school and group visits in order to make your visit comfortable.
  • Guided visits are also entertained on weekends and holidays subject to available visiting time slots.
  • Entrance to the inside of the Mandir, Haveli and the Exhibition is from the Haveli (wooden courtyard) doors only.

Group Booking

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




10:30 am

11:15 am

Murti Darshan (inner sanctum)  closed for the 'Rajbhog Thal Ritual' (Offering of food items to God and the deities)

11:15 am   Rajbhog Arti (Ritual prayer).

12:00 noon

4:00 pm

Murti Darshan (inner sanctum) and Nilkanth Abhishek Mandapam Closed (Monday to Saturday)

12:00 noon 3:30 pm Murti Darshan (inner sanctum) and Nilkanth Abhishek Mandapam Closed (Sunday)

Sunday Satsang Activities:

Yuvak Sabha (23  - 35 years):
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Yuvati Sabha (23  - 35 years):
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Gujarati Class
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Bal Sabha (Boys Grades: Pre K – 8):
3:45 - 5:15 PM 
Balika Sabha (Girls Grades: Pre K – 8):
3:45 - 5:15 PM 
Kishore Sabha (Boys Grades: 9 – 12 & College):
3:30 - 5:00 PM 
Kishori Sabha (Girls Grades: 9 – 12 & College):
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Satsang Vadil Sabha (Gents & Ladies Gujarati)
3:30 - 5:30 PM 
Premvati Mandal (Ladies Gujarati):
2:15 - 3:30 PM 
International Student Sabha
3:45 - 5:15 PM 


The Mandir is a house of God. Being a very sacred place, all visitors are required to abide by the following rules and regulations applicable to all areas including the Mandir, Haveli and the Exhibition.
Entrance to the Mandir and Haveli is free. Please take extra care during rains and snow when walking around the complex. Slippery surface around the Mandir. Please avoid those areas.
Free parking available. Do not park in the fire-zones and in front of any of the building. The management does not assume any responsibility for vehicles parked on the premises.
Dress Code:
Casual attire. No sleeveless tops. No shorts. No skirts shorter than knee length. Sarong will be provided upon request at the reception desk.
Visitors are required to remove their foot wear before entering the Mandir or any part of the Haveli complex. (Shoe racks provided within the Haveli).
Seating Arrangements:
There are designated areas for men and women inside the main Mandir floor during the Aarti ceremony and other religious rituals. Visitors are requested to adhere to these arrangements during the ceremony.
Photography and Videography:


The Mandir complex is a sacred and spiritual place of worship. Please follow these guidelines to respect the sanctity of the Mandir. 




Photos and video can be taken for personal use only. 
Photos and video can be taken only from ground level, outside the Mandir and Haveli.
Photos and video can be taken only during the opening times of the complex (‪9am – 6:30pm).


No photo-videography is allowed inside any building.

No professional photo-videography is allowed, using any type of photography gear, including tripods, drones etc.

No event photography is allowed, including weddings. 

No drone photography is allowed.

No commercial use or publication of images of the complex is allowed. 

Please refrain from overt expressions of affection (such as kissing, hugging or other inappropriate expressions) during photo-videography sessions to respect the sanctity of the Mandir. 

For special requirements please contact the Mandir administration at [email protected]


Food and Drink:
No food or drinks are allowed inside. Please discard any chewing gum in the bin provided before entering.
Cell Phones:
Please switch off all cell phones prior to entering the Mandir. Cell phones with cameras must not be used to take photographs inside.
Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking, tobacco, alcohol and drugs are not allowed anywhere in the complex.
Pets and Animals:
No pets allowed within complex. (Service dogs allowed in most areas except sacred spaces used for prayer and meditation.)
Please do not touch any of the carvings within the Mandir, Exhibition or Haveli. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere observe silence inside the Mandir and the Exhibition.
Special Needs:
Elevator access available; wheelchairs provided upon request, subject to availability. Please contact our volunteers for assistance.
All visitors aged 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times, otherwise entry may be refused.
Visitors wishing to make donations towards the maintenance of the complex or to the charity work undertaken by BAPS in fields as diverse as education, environment, social relief, medicine, preserving heritage and spiritual upliftment are requested to utilize the donation boxes or contact the Reception Counter in the Haveli Lobby. Cheques can be made payable to ‘BAPS Inc.' Tax receipt will be issued.
Activities in the complex are monitored and recorded by video surveillance. Please respect all security procedures.
Please Note: The Management reserves the right to refuse admission to those who do not follow the above listed guidelines.
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 of any personal belongings of the visitors, during their visit to Mandir.
Please abide by the guidelines.



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