BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston is the first traditional Hindu Mandir of its kind in North America. You may experience hours of discovery and enjoyment at the Mandir. It is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship, replete with its 5 towering white pinnacles, 12 smooth domes and glittering 136 marble pillars. Over 33,000 pieces of Italian marble and Turkish limestone were hand-carved by skilled craftsmen and assembled by volunteers in just 16 months. Ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy have been encompassed in this house of devotion and worship that is a testimony to human commitment.
The Mandir opened to all after the Murti-Pratishtha ceremony was performed by His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj on Sunday, July 25, 2004. People come to experience living Hinduism and the peace and tranquility that the sacred Mandir and Murtis 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 Hindu Dharma.
The Mandir also has a number of activities for both the young and old. Many sports such as football, volleyball, basketball are played by the youngsters inside the youth center. Annual sponsored walks are held. Medical help is provided to the community through health screening and medical seminars. Similar activities also take place in other centers across the United States.
Festivals are celebrated on a grand scale at the Mandir. Swaminarayan Jayanti, Diwali, Annakut, Ramnavami, Janmashtami, Shivratri, Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi are some of the festivals celebrated in a traditional manner at the Mandir.