Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Toronto Living - a beautiful Temple

The Swaminarayan Temple in Toronto


We finally had a chance last weekend, to visit the new temple in Toronto - The Swaminarayan Temple. It is a very beautiful temple - full of intricately hand-carved marbles imported from India. Read more here. Using no nails and no steel, the temple is held together through the sheer force of gravity and has been assembled like a jigsaw puzzle.

25 comments:

Asha said...

What a beauty!! We have Temples made of Sandstone here,not as pretty as that. We visited Toronto for week long time ago, lot of Indians there!:))
Enjoy.

bee said...

beautiful. kay. they also have gorgrous ones at chicago and in england.

Richa said...

Just beautiful & so serene!

Sharmi said...

That looks so Majestic. thanks for letting us know of such a great piece of art.

Madhu said...

Wow that's Amazing.....thank you for sharing this picture.Just joined pieces like Jigsaw puzzle thats interests me more to want to visit once.

Mythili said...

Oh, wow !!! Just by gravity? It looks so serene and divine :)

Mythili said...

Oh, wow !!! Just by gravity? It looks so serene and divine :)

indosungod said...

Kay that is a beautiful temple. I have been wanting to visit the Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, if I had known temple we would have visited it while in Toronto. Next time.

ramya said...

this temple is looking very good.just like we find in india.

Coffee said...

I have also been in awe of all the Swaminarayan temples! Have visited the ones in India.....

This one is a true beauty. :)

Kay said...

yeah guys, very beautiful.
Thanks for all your comments.

I've been to the one in Surat. The sun was setting down right behind the temple as we got down from the rickshaw and it was the most gorgeous sunset I've ever seen.

Indo, Asha and all others, I'm going to write more and more about Toronto to make you all visit me. :)

Kay said...

Hmmmm... I did publish the anonymous comments I got... Where did they go?

TBC said...

Beautiful pic & temple! Looks so serene..

Sandeepa said...

What a beautiful temple. They have one in NJ, I have heard but haven't visited yet

Kumudha said...

Thanks for the wonderful picture of the beautiful temple.

Kay said...

Thanks TBS, Sandeepa and Kumudha..

Indira said...

What a serene, peaceful looking temple!

Please write few words about temple prasadam Kay. Very useful for out of towners like us when we visit.

Thanks in advance.

Sig said...

Hey Kay, we went here too, on the 18th... Wonder if we were there at the same time :)
Loved the architecture....

Kay said...

Indira, I have no clue :) We were in and out in a jiffy because strollers were not allowed inside and meera was sleeping in the stroller...so, me and Bee took turns going in and praying..
I'll enquire about this and let you know.

Sig, wow! we could have been there at the same time. yes, we did go there on 18th, the saturday. :)

Sreelu said...

Wow so beautiful ,first time at your blog thanks for the info.

Mansi Desai said...

Hey, they just inaugurated the new temple in bay Area!! its huuuugeeeeeeeee...I had seen the one in austin too, and I'm always amazed at how intricate they are and how much swaminarayans spend on these yaar...the toronto one looks as magnificent as the others:)

Priya said...

Kay,I went to the one in Houston,Texas for this long weekend and I must say they look identical...I saw photographs of the one in Atlanta on another website, and it was the same ! I guess they maintain the same architecture and that is a marvel in itself !! I could not decide where to concentrate more...the gorgeous pillars...or the arches joining them or the ceiling !! I was blown away by the detailed carving...but I was a little taken aback by their darshan rules..

Anonymous said...

Here is what I have found about the founders of this temple. The BAPS Swaminarayan Complex is the creation of Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha). Established in India, in 1907, BAPS is a worldwide civic and religious organization dedicated to the spirituality of the individual while promoting harmony between individuals, within families and within diverse communities. Since 1970 BAPS has been serving in Canada in the areas of: Spirituality, Children and Youth Development, Family Unity, Indian Heritage and Humanitarian Services. BAPS is a federally registered charity in Canada.
Well, this is a building you will not find on our website .
Although Toronto real estate agents do try their best...

NanakLove said...

by far the nicest hindu temple ive seen in the west..beautiful

pially said...

pially said....
We just visited 7/12/08 to the Temple and it's beautifuland gorgeous, we just felt we are in india.