Where: 15100 Fairfield Ranch Rd, Chino Hills (Baps Shri Swaminarayan Temple)
There are some truly global and magical places in Southern California. One of the true wonders is the Baps Shri Swaminarayan Temple. It's an architectural masterpiece that was built over several years with intricate design.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple complex located in Chino Hills, in southwestern San Bernardino County in southern California. The temple belongs to the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha denomination of Hinduism. However, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is open to visitors of all faiths.
The complex is the first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a traditional Hindu temple that was completed in 2012. Situated on a 20-acre site with a 91-foot lotus-shaped pond, the complex has a cultural center, gymnasium and classrooms. Approximately 900 volunteers, including many second-generation Indian-Americans, volunteered approximately 1.3 million man hours to construct the temple.
In 1977, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the former spiritual leader of BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha), visited California. During his first visit, he encouraged a small group of individuals to hold regular assemblies.
The temple is constructed from 35,000 pieces of meticulously hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink sandstone, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chino Hills, encompasses five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 archways. The temple has a restaurant with some traditional Indian delicacies such as samosa chaat (Spicy chole (chickpeas) are served with samosa and dollops of yogurt and chutney) and Pav Bhaji (Pav bhaji is a fast food dish from India consisting of a thick vegetable curry served with a soft bread roll.)
Come join us on an afternoon as we explore the gorgeous temple, learn about the mythology and savor delicious treats at the temple's restaurant.
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