A Mandir is a Hindu place of worship – a haven for spirituality and a place of paramount peace. It is also a center vibrant with social, cultural, and spiritual activities. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours. The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle.
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), established in 1907, is a worldwide civic and religious organization dedicated to the spirituality of the individual while promoting harmony, between individuals, within families, and within diverse communities.
Since 1970, BAPS has been serving the spiritual needs throughout North America, focusing on child development, family unity, cultural heritage, and humanitarian services. BAPS aims to serve communities, families, and individuals, by:
|•||Caring for their spiritual, cultural, social, physical, emotional, and educational needs.|
|•||Inspiring all towards a pure and peaceful way of life; filled with character, love, tolerance and harmony.|
|•||Sustaining the universal values of Hindu culture.|
|•||Fostering faith and devotion in God.|
Stemming from the Hindu belief that there can be unity in diversity, BAPS values living in harmony with others. Worshippers and visitors of all cultures, beliefs, and gender are welcomed with warmth and respect at all BAPS Mandirs.
|Mandir:||Place of worship.
|Murti:||Sacred images of God and Sadhus.
|Darshan:||Seeing the Deity with reverence.
|Aarti:||Waving of lit lamps before the Deity.|