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 QEW
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.

Haveli:
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:
This sacred part of the Mandir located in the ground floor 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.

Mandir:
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 artisans.

The 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. These rituals lasts about 10 minutes. 

There are separate seating arrangements inside the main Mandir for males and females during the rituals. Visitors, who are interested in attending these rituals are requested to adhere to the seating arrangements.

Exhibition:
Located in the ground floor of the 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.

GROUP VISITS

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. 

From

To

Description

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)

Weekend Satsang Activities:

Devotees residing within Brampton and Caledon areas should attend Saturday Satsang and those living in rest of the GTA area should plan to attend the Sunday Satsang.

Gujarati Classes for children (6yrs - 14yrs / Grade 1 - Grade 8):
(Currently ONLINE Only)

 Sunday Mornings 

Yuvak Sabha (male age 23  - 35 years) (Sunday Only):

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Yuvati Sabha (female age 23  - 35 years) (Sunday Only):

2:00 - 3:30 PM

Premvati Mandal (Ladies only):

2:15 - 3:30 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

International Student Sabha (Sunday Only):

4:15 - 6:00 PM 

Satsang Vadil Sabha (Gents & Ladies)

4:00 - 6:00 PM 

Bal Sabha (boys) Grades K – 8): Currently online

5:00 - 6:15 PM 

Balika Sabha (girls) Grades K – 8): Currently online

5:00 - 6:15 PM 

 

 

The Mandir is a sacred place of worship. To preserve its sanctity and ensure worshippers can enjoy the spiritual ambience, all visitors are requested to abide by the following guidelines.

Entrance:
There is no entry fee to the Mandir and Haveli. Entry is through the Haveli (wooden) front doors. Please take extra care when walking on the marble/granite floors and stairways in and around the complex.
Parking & Special Needs:
Facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please park strollers in the Haveli. Restrooms are located in the entrance area of the Haveli. There is ample parking on site. The management does not assume any responsibility for vehicles parked on the premises.
Dress Code:
All clothing must cover shoulders and knees. Sarongs will be available.
Shoes:
Footwear must be removed upon entering the Mandir or the Haveli. Shoe racks are provided.
Conduct:
Please refrain from touching or leaning against the delicate carvings, respect all security procedures. The marbled areas in the Mandir are quiet zones. 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.
Pets and Animals:
Pets and animals are not allowed inside the Complex. (Service dogs are allowed in most areas except sacred spaces used for prayer and meditation.)
Food & Drink:
Food or drinks are not allowed inside except in the designated areas.  Please discard any chewing gum in the bins prior to entering.
Smoking and Alcohol:
Smoking, alcohol, drugs and tobacco products are strictly prohibited anywhere in or around the Complex.
Filming & Photography: 
Videos and photos using a mobile phone – for personal use only – may be taken from ground level outside the Mandir and Haveli, but prohibited inside the building. For event or non-personal use, please email [email protected]
Mobile Phones:
Please switch off or place mobile phones on silent mode prior to entering the Mandir.
School Groups and Visits:
For school or group visits, please email: [email protected]. All visitors aged 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Donations:
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, health and preserving heritage are requested to visit the Reception.  A tax receipt will be issued for donations over $15. Registered Charity No. 88573 1018 RR0002.

Security:
Activities in the complex are monitored and recorded by video surveillance. Please respect all security procedures.

Notes: The Management may carry out photography, video recording and/or other monitoring that may feature visitors. The copyright and all other intellectual property rights in these materials rests with the Management or such authorised third party. The Management reserves the right to cancel or alter any visit or close the premises, in whole or part, without prior notice.

The Management is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage to personal belongings. The Management reserves the right to refuse admission. Visit baps.org/toronto for updated guidelines.

 

 

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