Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Mumbai
Mumbai’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu temple (Mandir) in Mumbai, India. It is a part of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. This Swaminarayan Temple is located in Mumbai’s Bhuleshwar neighbourhood and is the city’s oldest Swaminarayan Mandir, dating back over a century.
The current Mandir features a three-spire structure, with Murtis of Laxminarayan Dev with Ghanshyam Maharaj and Radha Krishna Dev with Hari Krishna Maharaj installed. Radha Krishna is worshipped at this temple in the form of Radha Golokvihari, as they are Goloka inhabitants. It belongs to the Laxminarayan Dev Gadi and is a Shikharband Mandir (Vadtal). Because of the strong demand for flowers in these temples, Bhuleshwar’s Phool Galli (or flower market) was born.
The beautifully carved façade of the Swaminarayan temple in Bhuleshwar is a visual delight in an otherwise run-down setting. The audience hall is reached through twenty-five stairs (Sabhamandap). On the left and right of the audience hall are shrines devoted to Ganesha and Hanuman, respectively. There are three major shrines in the area. Hari Krishna Maharaj, Gaulokvihari, and Radhika have idols in the east shrine; Ghanashyam Maharaj, Narayan, and Laxmi have idols in the centre shrine; and the resting place for deities is in the west shrine. A dome looms over the Sabhamandap, depicting images from the Krishnalila (Sports of Krishna).
A total of fifty-four pillars support the dome. On the first level, there is a large audience hall where religious talks are conducted on a regular basis. Ram Navami/Swaminarayan Jayanti, Janmashtami, Vaman Jayanti, Nrisinha Jayanti, Mahashivratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, and other festivals are held in the temple. Apart from these, the Hindola festival is held during the Indian calendar month of Shravan as part of the celebrations.
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