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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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.

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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

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"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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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

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

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Inside Hollywood's GRAND Swaminarayan temple

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The cultural centre at the Swaminarayan temple, Chino Hills.

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