Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 April 2015
News updated at 1:39 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.4°C
Min : 21.6°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day
Breaking News

$100 million temple thrown open near Hollywood

Washington, Jan 3, 2013, (PTI) :
A photo of the Swaminarayan temple at Los Angeles

Days after its inauguration, one of the biggest Hindu temple in US, built at a colossal cost of USD 100 million and designed to last 1,000 years has become a major draw for its grandeur and architecture.

The 68th Swaminarayan temple built near the Hollywood city in Los Angeles has been carved out of traditional stone and marble and cutting edge technology to protect it from earthquakes.

"The Mandir is a beautiful testament to the hard work of your congregation who has spent several years to build this place of worship," Chino Hill Mayor Peter Rogers said.

"The Mandir and Cultural Center will indeed be a place that Chino Hills can be proud of for so many, many generations," he added.

Constructed from 35,000 pieces of meticulously hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone, the temple encompasses five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 archways.

From the external walls and domes to the inside pillars and ceilings, the Mandir is completely etched with intricate carvings in marble and sandstone.

The 6,600 hand-carved motifs depict a mosaic of tales of inspiration, devotion and dedication, along with historical figures from Hinduism, temple officials said.

"Artisans created the carvings in India with great love, skill and patience before the pieces were shipped to Chino Hills," a BAPS statement said.

The Mandir is situated on a 20-acre site, complete with 91 foot lotus-shaped reflection pond, a Cultural Center, gymnasium and classrooms.

It is designed to "calm the mind and open it," said Ronak Patel, a volunteer of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

BAPS said that it is first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world.

"The upper structure of the complex is protected from earthquake damage by separating it from the base with a series of 40 base-isolator units," it said.

"The Mandir also uses a solar power system to generate electricity and reduce adverse effects on the environment. The Mandir combines the best of traditional stone art and architecture and the best of modern technology," said Divyesh Patel, a member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat performing rituals at Kedarnath temple...

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat performing rituals at Kedarnath temple...

Long queue of devotees outside Kedarnath temple on the day temple doors were opened...

Long queue of devotees outside Kedarnath temple on the day temple doors were opened...

Large number of devotees throng Lord Shiva (Bharathwaj Eswarar-Swarnambigai) temple during...

Large number of devotees throng Lord Shiva (Bharathwaj Eswarar-Swarnambigai) temple during...

Pilgrims special prayers during 'Jumme ki namaz' at Dargah Khwaja Gharib nawaz in Ajmer...

Pilgrims special prayers during 'Jumme ki namaz' at Dargah Khwaja Gharib nawaz in Ajmer...

A supporter of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (MLJK) shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar...

A supporter of Muslim League Jammu Kashmir (MLJK) shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar...

School students talking among themselves after their visit at Parliament in New Delhi...

School students talking among themselves after their visit at Parliament in New Delhi...

Workers spread red chilli to dry at the wholesale market in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Workers spread red chilli to dry at the wholesale market in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Police personnel showing skills during passing out parade in Rajasthan Police Training...

Police personnel showing skills during passing out parade in Rajasthan Police Training...

A giant whale found washed ashorein the south sea of Gulf of Mannar, in Mandapam...

A giant whale found washed ashorein the south sea of Gulf of Mannar, in Mandapam...

Forest officers trying to rescue a baby elephant with her mother from a waterbody...

Forest officers trying to rescue a baby elephant with her mother from a waterbody...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523