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The Haveli Complex

The front entrance of the Haveli

The foyer of the Haveli


    People who visit the Shri Swaminarayan Haveli in Toronto, Canada will find themselves captivated by its majestic beauty. Richly hand-carved wooden columns, panels, and balconies adorn the exterior of the Haveli, and the interior foyer and courtyard are filled with dancing peacocks, delicate lotus flowers, and royal elephants that beckon in greeting.

    The Haveli, which serves the prime role of a cultural and spiritual center, has a large assembly hall where devotees gather to pray, a multi-purpose gymnasium catering to children, as well as modern dining facilities.

    Traditionally, the word "haveli" refers to courtyard architecture, a style fashioned from wood involving intricate carvings with various floral patterns. This style of architecture creates an authentic Gujarati atmosphere.




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