Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Toronto Hindu Temple BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

My daughter Erin joined her high school class and visited the amazing BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple on Claireville Avenue in Toronto. The hand carved temple is truly a work of art.
The Toronto Doors Open site has this to say "The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians were inaugurated in July 2007 by His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier McGuinty and Toronto’s Mayor Miller. The Mandir is a masterpiece of architectural design and workmanship, complete with towering pinnacles, glistening domes and ornate marble pillars, created in an extraordinary tradition that dates back many millennia. Built according to the principles of ancient Indian Shilpshastras, no structural steel was used in the construction. Over 6000 tons of intricately hand-carved marble, limestone, sandstone and wood have been assembled to create an environment perfect for prayer, meditation and inspiration. The Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indo-Canadians is Canada’s premier museum dedicated to showcasing and promoting the understanding of the history, civilization, diversity and cultural heritage of India. Using uniquely crafted exhibits and dioramas, this Museum inspires visitors to appreciate how the rich heritage of Indo-Canadians has contributed to the fields of art, architecture, science, democracy, pluralism and spiritual values."

Photos by Erin Hamilton and James Hamilton. See more of the beautiful structure after the jump.

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