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Mandir The Vision The Creation

There was thunderous applause. International applause. Not only did the Mandir become known in every household overnight, since its consecration on 20th August 1995, but it was also gloriously welcomed into the spiritual mind of England and the rest of Europe as an architectural landmark; a revival of volunteerism; the benign expression of a peaceful community. The whole nation stood up and asked in one voice,"When was the last time a building in Britain was built to last a thousand years?"

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is the first traditional Hindu Mandir in Europe, carved and constructed entirely according to the ancient sculpture treatise of India. No steel has been used: 2,828 tons of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tons of Italian Carrara marble were shipped to India, carved by over 1,500 craftsmen and reshipped to London. In all, 26,300 carved pieces, including amazing intricate ceilings of Indian Ambaji marble, were finally assembled like a giant jigsaw within 3 years.

So, too, was the exquisite wooden Haveli, which is even more intriguing to the art lovers. Not in the last hundred years has such a Haveli been built anywhere in the world, not even in India. It houses a cultural centre with an assembly hall, library and sports hall.

This casstte humbly attempts to explain the Mandir, its construction and purpose, its latent spirituality and inherent beauty; a place of solace, comfort and joy. For every individual, no matter what creed or belief.

tion: 120 minutes

Produced by:  Audio-Visual Department, BAPS
Published by: Swaminarayan Aksharpith, Amdavad - 4, INDIA.
Copyright:      © Swaminarayan Aksharpith, Amdavad - 4, INDIA.

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