Mandir Construction

The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Houston was created through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The story of its establishment includes the quarrying of the stones, transportation, carving, fund-raising, and volunteerism. From conception to completion, the mandir is a demonstration of divine grace and the spirit of devotees.

Craftmanship & Statistics

Craftsmen carving stones

Mandir facts:
  • Total Land: 22 acres
  • Mandir: 25,620 sq. ft.
  • Width: 95 ft.
  • Length: 125 ft.
Stones:
  • Outside: Turkish limestone (29,000 cu. ft.)
  • Inside: Italian marble (22,000 cu. ft.)
  • Total: 3826 tonnes
  • Size: Smallest stone 5 grams to largest stone of 1.5 tonnes
Features:
  • 5 Pinnacles (Shikhar)
  • 1 Central Dome (22 ft. in diameter)
  • 11 Small Domes
  • 136 Pillars (7 Unique designs)
  • 75 ceilings (24 Unique designs)
  • 4 Small Pinnacles (Sãmran)
  • 11 Garba Gruh
  • 122 Arches (Kamãn)
Infrastructure:
  • Approximately 33,000 stone pieces
  • 51,000 cu. ft total stone structure
  • No iron or steel used
  • Fiber optic lighting
  • Fusion of ancient architecture and modern technology

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Murti Pratishthã Ceremony

Pramukh Swami Maharaj performing Murti Prarishtha CeremonyWith all preparations complete, the day of the Murti-Pratishthã ceremony arrived - Sunday, July 25th, 2004.

The scriptures implicitly say that whilst it is important that the murtis be consecrated by performing the correct rituals, it is more important that they are consecrated by a person who is himself the receptacle for God's unlimited grace. Such a God-realized sãdhu is to be asked to perform the rituals, and it is when he asks God to enter the Murtis and specially become accessible that God cannot refuse.

The murti of Akshar Purushottam Mahãrãj and other deities were ritually consecrated by Pramukh Swãmi Mahãrãj.

The “Prãn Pratishtha” ceremony is a festival celebrated for several days leading up to the actual event. A special yagna was held prior to this event in which special prayers for world peace took place.

A Nagar Yãtrã or grand procession was carried out through the city the day before the installation ceremony. Over 2,000 devotees participated in the procession which involved a display of Indian culture via. Folk dances, music, and floats.


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