Majestically standing tall at
78 feet in the suburb of Bartlett, Illinois, the Shri Swaminarayan
Mandir attracts visitors from all backgrounds. Its Turkish
limestone exterior and Italian Carrara/Indian Makrana marble
interior leaves one in constant wonder as to how this beautiful
structure came to exist.
Over 40,000 intricately carved
stone pieces representing Hindu deities and scriptural messages,
all handcrafted by Indian artisans, have been used in the
construction of this mandir. This architectural masterpiece
leaves one in awe at some of its main features: towering pinnacles
(shikhars), domes (ghummat), kalash, pillars (sthambha), etc.
Volunteers put in 2,500,000
man-hours to help build this magnificent Mandir from foundation
to pinnacle in an unbelievable 16 months. This building was
officially transformed into a Mandir when Swamishri instilled
the spirit of God into the sacred murtis. Swamishri gracefully
opened the gateway to peace, harmony, and ultimately, God.