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PIX: Inside Hollywood's Rs 543-cr Swaminarayan temple

Last updated on: January 3, 2013 16:27 IST


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Days after its inauguration, one of the biggest Hindu temple in United States, built at a colossal cost of $100 million (Rs 543.5 crore) and designed to last 1,000 years, has become a major draw for its grandeur and architecture.

Rediff.com presents some magnificent photographs of the temple.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

The 68th Swaminarayan temple built near the Hollywood city in Los Angeles has been carved out of traditional stone and marble and cutting edge technology to protect it from earthquakes.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

"The mandir is a beautiful testament to the hard work of your congregation who has spent several years to build this place of worship," Chino Hill Mayor Peter Rogers said.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

"The mandir and cultural center will indeed be a place that Chino Hills can be proud of for so many, many generations," he added.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Constructed from 35,000 pieces of meticulously hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone, the temple encompasses five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 archways.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

From the external walls and domes to the inside pillars and ceilings, the mandir is completely etched with intricate carvings in marble and sandstone.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

The 6,600 hand-carved motifs depict a mosaic of tales of inspiration, devotion and dedication, along with historical figures from Hinduism, temple officials said.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

"Artisans created the carvings in India with great love, skill and patience before the pieces were shipped to Chino Hills," a BAPS statement said.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

The mandir is situated on a 20-acre site, complete with 91 foot lotus-shaped reflection pond, a cultural center, gymnasium and classrooms.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

It is designed to "calm the mind and open it," said Ronak Patel, a volunteer of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

Image: Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills
Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

BAPS said that it is first earthquake-proof mandir in the world.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

Image: Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills
Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

"The upper structure of the complex is protected from earthquake damage by separating it from the base with a series of 40 base-isolator units," it said.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

Image: Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills
Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

"The mandir also uses a solar power system to generate electricity and reduce adverse effects on the environment. The mandir combines the best of traditional stone art and architecture and the best of modern technology," said Divyesh Patel, a member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

Inside the 'Haveli' or mansion at the Swaminarayan temple complex, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

'Murti darshan' at the Swaminarayan temple, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

'Murti darshan' at the Swaminarayan temple, Chino Hills.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple


Photographs: Courtesy: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chino Hills, California website

The cultural centre at the Swaminarayan temple, Chino Hills.

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