The Swaminarayan Mandir - Close-up

Holly Cawfield

Joined February 2008

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This Hindu Temple in Toronto is certainly one of the most extraordinary sights imaginable. It was built at a cost of forty million dollars by the Hindu community and the statistics about this building are quite incredible.

I’m posting both a close-up of one section as well as a view of the entire structure because the detail can only be seen on closer viewing yet the scope of this building needs to be seen in its entirety.

From the internet:

“No steel is used and stones piled on stones. There are 340 pillars- solid rock used as columns and 84 ceilings decorated with all with carved pieces.

The temple was designed according to ancient Vedic principles. The mandir was built using 24,000 pieces of marble (Italian marble and Turkish limestone) and limestone carved by hand in India, labelled, then shipped to Canada and assembled here. This include 5 metric tons, heaviest stone 50 grams, lightest stone 2,393 metric tons Turkish limestone 2,050 metric tons Italian Carrara marble 1,349 tonnes Indian sandstone

Every inch of the place is embellished with carved deities – cavorting horses, peacocks, elephants and lotus flowers using hammer and chisel by close to 2,000 craftsmen involved at 26 different sites in India , 100 of them flown from India."


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