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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

One of the temples named Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in the city of Mumbai located in the area of Bhuleshwar is part of Swaminarayan Sampraday. This is the oldest Swaminarayan temple in the city as old as hundred years.

The structure of the temple comprises of tri-spire structure and the idols of Laxminarayan Dev, HAri Krishna Maharaj, Ghanshyam Maharaj and Radha have been installed in the temple premises. The temple structure is also referred as Shikharband Mandir and falls under Laxminaraan Dev Gadi. The temple is part of area of Bhuleshwar that gave rise of area of Phool Galli in Bhuleshwar area where thousands of flowers are sold on regular basis due to existence of different temples in the area.

History

The first ever Shree Swaminarayan temple in the city of Mumbai was built on Vaishakh Shukla Ekadashi in 1868 by Ranchhoddas Pranjevandas. He constructed this temple on the land of his residence. Acharya Maharajshri Bhagwatprasad Ji Maharaj erected the idols of deities like Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari and Radhika in the temple premises.

Tri-Spire Temple

The architectural design of the temple resembles that of a tri-spire and Acharya Maharajshri Lakshmiprasadji Maharaj installed the idols of deities Ghanshyam Maharaj and Lakshminarayan Dev in temple.

The restoration work on the temple like its material, physical look and the rational resources of the temple were all done by Rao Bahadur Sheth Curumsey Damjee, one of the followers of Swaminarayan Ji. Rs 25000 were also contributed by Shree Mathurdas Vaishnav one of his close friend and comrade.

Structure

The entrance of the temple is beautifully carved into an intricately adored piece that gives an eye catching view despite of its grungy surroundings. The audience hall referred as Sabhamandap is accessible via twenty five steps. The left and right part of the temple is adorned with reliquaries of Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman. The temple premises have three major altars. The east part of the altar has statues of Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari and Radhika while the central shrine is adorned with idols of Ghanashyam Maharaj, Narayan and Laxmi. The western end shrine is used as the resting area for the deities.

The dome above Sabhamadap stands on 54 pillars and is painted with scenes of Krishnalila.

Festivals

The temple premises celebrates following festivals Ram Navami/Swaminarayan Jayanti, Vaman Jayanti, Mahashivratri, Janmashtami, Nrisinha Jayanti, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc. The other major festival celebrated in temple premises is Hindola in the Shravan month as per Hindu calendar.


 
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