Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
Gujarat, INDIA - 360007
Tel: (0281) 245 1000, 245 1001, 9998993000
Fax: (0281) 247 8000
A flourishing metropolitan city in Saurashtra region, Gujarat.
By Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 26-11-98
1st shrine - Harikrishna Maharaj, Radha-Krishna Dev
2nd shrine - Lord Swaminarayan, Gunatitanand Swami, Gopalanand
3rd shrine - Ghanshyam Maharaj
The city of Rajkot has
a special link with the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, for it was
in Rajkot, at the Kothi Compound, that Lord Swaminarayan met
the then British Governor of Bombay, Sir John Malcolm on 26
Many years later, Rajkot served
as the base where Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj stayed while
studying Sanskrit under the tutelage of Jivanlal Shastri.
And Rajkot was where the first historic meeting between Shastriji
Maharaj and Yogiji Maharaj took place.
Besides these milestones, numerous
important and special landmarks and locations connect Rajkot
with the Swaminarayan Sampradaya.
The roots of the Bochasanwasi
Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha in Rajkot were
planted when a small mandir dedicated to Akshar and Purushottam
was built. With the spirited and selfless assistance of Yogiji
Maharaj, Krishnaji Ada and other sadhus and devotees, Shastriji
Maharaj taught Lord Swaminarayan's pure philosophy of Akshar
and Purushottam to many.
By the tireless efforts of Shastriji
Maharaj, the messages of Satsang were wholeheartedly imbibed
by many. And after Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj continued
The initial period was physically
demanding. During his frequent visits to Rajkot, every morning,
Yogiji Maharaj would walk the streets of Rajkot to beg for
alms and convey the message of Satsang.
In 1960, Yogiji Maharaj established
a regular yuvak sabha in Rajkot. And in 1967, after much effort,
Yogiji Maharaj installed the murtis of Akshar Purushottam
in a renovated house in the Rajpura area of Rajkot. On that
occasion, Yogiji Maharaj declared to the devotees who had
gathered that a majestic mandir will be built in Rajkot and
consecrated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
As the number of devotees swelled
and the range of Satsang activities increased, this hari mandir
proved to be too small.
Thus in 1989, the project to
build a shikharbaddh mandir was launched in the presence of
Pramukh Swami Maharaj. With this declaration began the search
for a suitable location.
Soon, a plot was purchased on
Kalavad Road and in April 1990, Swamishri performed the ground-breaking
(khatmuhurat) ceremony for the new shikharbaddh mandir.
At around the same time, to cater
for the continued growth of Satsang, the hari mandir was moved
to a new location opposite the new shikharbaddh mandir site.
By 1991 the mandir had been raised
upto the plinth level. Then in 1992, work slowed as the focus
centred on the Birth Centenary Celebrations of Yogiji Maharaj.
In 1993, pink stones began arriving
from Rajasthan to the worskshop that had been set up on the
construction site. The pace of work gradually increased and
in October 1993, Swamishri came to Rajkot to ceremoniously
place the first pillar.
Then, by the tremendous dedication
and sacrifice of the devotees and saints, and the inspiration
of Swamishri, the mandir began to take shape. Slowly but surely,
the Sanstha's biggest mandir neared completion.
The date of the murti pratishtha
was set for 26 November 1998, the day before Swamishri's 78th
birthday. A week-long celebration was scheduled from 20–27
November 1998 to commemorate these auspicious occasions.
- Built using pink stone from Bansipahadpur,
Rajasthan–the same stone used in Akshardham at Gandhinagar.
- From the foundations to the pinnacle,
no cement or concrete has been used. Ancient Vedic shilpashastra
techniques have been used to construct the mandir.
- 58,000 cu.ft. of pink stone had
been used in the mandir structure.
- 16,780 cu.ft. of intricately carved
pink stone used in the mandir building.
- Ambaji marble.
- Makrana marble.
- Udaipur pink marble.
- 300 craftsmen worked for 2
- Bansipahadpur, Rajasthan
- Rudhval, Rajasthan
- Pindvada, Rajasthan.
- 100 craftsmen worked for 5
years at the Narayanswarup Workshop, Rajkot.
- 1,930,500 man-hours were spent
by devotees of all ages in polishing the stones.
- Area of main mandir = 27,290
- Length = 205 ft.
- Width = 135 ft.
- Height = 78 ft.
- No. of shikhars = 9
- The main ghummat (dome) of
the mandir is 47'3" high with a radius of 22'7"
- No. of small ghummats = 21
- Pillars on ground floor =
- Pillars on first floor = 80
- No. of torans (carved arches)
- No. of kamans = 24
- No. of zarukhas = 11
- No. of gavakshas = 20
- No.of kalashas = 21
- No.of flag poles = 21
- Length of seating in pradakshina
= 410 ft.
- Size of podium at front =
70 ft. x 45 ft.
- Mandir ground-breaking ceremony:
- Ceremonial placing of first
- Ceremonial placing of first
pillar on first floor: 10-5-96.
- Murti pratishtha ceremony:
26-11-98 by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
- Central shrine: Lord Swaminarayan,
Mul Akshar Gunatitanand Swami, Gopalanand Swami (all marble
- First shrine: Harikrishna
Maharaj (panchdhatu murti), Lord Krishna, Shri Radhaji (marble
- Third shrine: Ghanshyam Maharaj
- Shrines in pradakshina: Bhagatji
Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami
Maharaj (all marble murtis).