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Baps Hindu Temple

August 22, 2012

BY Jimactor

Summary:

Chicago
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
4N739 IL Route 59,
Bartlett, IL 60103.
USA
Tel: (1-630) 213 2277
Fax: (1-630) 213 2088
Email: info.chicago@usa.baps.org
Website:
http://chicago.baps.org
Introduction:
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Complex in Bartlett, IL has become the focus of interest and wonder for thousands of local citizens and for people visiting Chicagoland. The fusion of traditional Indian architecture with modern technology has attracted people from all walks of life; whether it be children from a school trip or a group of architects, all have been marveled by the unique architecture and the detailed intricacy of the carvings.This masterpiece of exotic design and workmanship, which was put up in only 16 months, is testimony to the sheer dedication and devotion of over 1700 volunteers.The story of the Mandir in the making is epic in proportions and logistics. Over 1700 volunteers from the Chicagoland area worked on building the Mandir, with many more contributing their expertise from over 3 continents. The Mandir has been constructed to withstand the elements and the test of time, to stand over a thousand years, and will carry forward the incredible stories of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bartlett is a masterpiece of exotic design and workmanship; it is replete with luminescent white pinnacles and glittering marble pillars.

Deities and motifs spring from the walls, ceilings, and windows, representing the sacred faith and beliefs of a culture that dates back over 8,500 years.

Visitors come to the Mandir to experience Hinduism and the peace and tranquility that the sacred Mandir and murtis within provide. Together with the Mandir, the ’Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition treats visitors to a concise, yet comprehensive study of the Hindu religion. It is an ideal place to learn about the glorious culture of India and the values of the Hindu dharma..

Mandir Facts:

  • Stones:
    Outside: Turkish Lime stone 36,131 Cu. Ft.
    Inside: Marble and Granite used for cladding walls: 31, 000 sq. ft
    Total: 8,430 tons of stone used
    Size: Smallest stone 15 gm to largest stone of 5.2 tones.
  • Features:
    5 Shikhars (pinnacles)
    1 Central Dome (22 ft. in diameter )
    16 Domes
    4 Balconies
    14 Windows
    151 Pillars
    129 Arches
    75 ceilings with 39 different designs
  • Infrastructure:
    40,000 carved stone pieces
    No iron or steel used in sync with traditional Indian architecture Central heating and cooling
    Heated floors
    Fiber optic lighting system
    Fusion of ancient architecture and modern technology
  • Man Hours
    In excess of 1,700 volunteers (USA) worked on the project In excess of 2,500,000 man hours to complete this project

Information & Guidelines:
The Mandir is a house of God, open to all. In order to maintain the sanctity, visitors are requested to abide by the following rules and regulations applicable in all areas including the Mandir, Haveli and the exhibition.

Dress code:
Casual attire. No sleeveless tops. No shorts. No skirts shorter than knee length.

Shoes:
Visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering the Mandir. Shoe racks are located within the Haveli complex.

Photography and Videography:
May only be taken from ground level outside the Mandir and Haveli. Video & Photography are strictly prohibited inside the building. Cameras may be left in the car or deposited at the reception desk before entering the Mandir.

Cell Phones:
To maintain the spiritual and peaceful atmosphere, visitors are requested to turn off their cell phones during their visit inside the Mandir.

Parking Free
There are ample parking spaces for cars at the rear of Haveli. Coach passengers are requested to get off and board at the main entrance in the front.

Smoking:
No smoking allowed on the entire premises including parking lots.

Food and drink:
No food or drinks are allowed on the premises. Please discard any chewing gum prior to entering the building.

Conduct:
Please refrain from touching the delicate carvings. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere, please observe silence inside Mandir.

Smoking:
No smoking on the premises including parking lots. Please dispose of cigarettes prior to entering the gates.

Conduct:
Please refrain from touching the delicate carvings within the Mandir premises. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere observe silence inside the Mandir.

Special Needs:
Elevator access available; wheelchairs provided upon request, subject to availability. Please contact our volunteers for assistance.

Group and School Visits:
Guided tours are available with advanced booking. Please, Book your group visit online http://chicago.baps.org/BookVisit/visitinfo1.html or call Satish Amin 630 213-2277.

Entry:
Free (Donations are welcome. Checks made payable to BAPS)

For Further Enquiries: http://chicago.baps.org/index.htm

PLEASE NOTE:
The management reserves the right to cancel, close or alter any visit to the Mandir or Haveli premises without prior notice. Every effort will be made to avoid any inconvenience.

Daily Schedule:

Visiting Hours:

Spring/Summer timings (DST): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fall/Winter timings: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Murti Darshan Timings:

From To Description
9:00am  10:15am Murti Darshan Open (Viewing of Sacred Deities)
10:15am  11:15am Murti Darshan Closed for Rajbhog Thal
11:15am 12:00pm Murti Darshan Open for Rajbhog Arti (prayer)
12:00pm 4:00pm Murti Darshan Closed
4:00pm 6:00pm Murti Darshan Open
6:00 pm 7:00pm Murti Darshan Closed for Thal
7:00pm Sandhya Arti (prayers)

* Shri Nilkanthvarni Darshan will be open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm during weekends and public holidays.

Explanation

Mandir – Place of Worship.
Murti – Sacred images of God and hierarchal gurus.
Darshan – Viewing the murtis with reverence.
Aarti – Waving of lit lamps before the sacred images.

Weekly Schedule

Bal Mandal (Children KG-Gr. 8)

Sunday 4:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Kishore Mandal (High School)

Sunday 4:30 pm To 6:30 pm

Kishore Mandal (College)

Saturday 5:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Yuvak Mandal (ages 22-35)

Sunday 3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Vadil Mandal

Sunday 4:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Balika Mandal (Children KG-Gr. 8)

Sunday 4:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Kishori Mandal (High School / College)

Sunday 2:30 pm To 4:00 pm

Yuvati Mandal (ages 22-35)

Sunday 3:00 pm To 4:30 pm


Events – 2012

Day – Date Festival
Sunday, Jan 15

 

Makar Sankranti

 

Gunatit Diksha Din
Sunday, Jan 29

 

Vasant Panchami
Sunday, Mar 11

 

Bhagatji Maharaj Jayanti & Holi Fuldolotsav
Sunday, Apr 01

 

Swaminarayan Jayanti / Ram Navmi
Sunday, May 13

 

Yogi Jayanti
Sunday, Jul 08

 

Guru Purnima
Sunday, Aug 05

 

Patotsav
Sunday, Aug 12

 

Janmashtami
Wednesday, Sep 26

 

Jal Jhilani
Sunday, Oct 28

 

Sharad Punam
Wednesday, Nov 14

 

Diwali Annakut
Sunday, Dec 23

 

Pramukh Swami Janma Jayanti

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