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Old February 9th, 2009, 12:07 PM   #41
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Old February 21st, 2009, 09:39 PM   #42
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Some pics of the Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore - probably the most famous Hindu temple here which is located right in the heart of Chinatown:







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Old February 24th, 2009, 07:19 AM   #43
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Another one in Singapore:

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That's the temple in Katong isn't?
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That's the temple in Katong isn't?
Not sure - I've seen it from the MRT on EW line between expo and cityhall. Its next to a chinese temple. I think its Geylang.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 03:41 AM   #46
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It seems to me that there are several instances of Indian temples located beside Chinese temples here. Theres another example at Waterloo street in the Bugis area.

Most of the Indian temples located in the city centre are usually the more historical ones, but I noted that the design more or less retains the same characteristics whether the temple is new or built a long time ago.
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HUH strange religion? You sound very ignorant and judgemental of other cultures. Indian culture has the oldest continuous civilization in the world, preceding any Western culture or religion. Is it any stranger than Christianity with all their saints and icons, or Islam with all kinds of contradictions, or Judaism? which are all from the same Abrahamic religion with a jealous god that punishes you and condem you? Eventho I'm not Hindu myself but find it very interesting and different, but no stranger than any other religious practices.
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I was just at this BAPS temple today, and I had been there a couple times before and I find it every time is just as amazing. The craftmanship and the detail works that went into it is so incredibly rich. In most Western culture, curtainly in the U.S., they don't built their churches at this level of refinement anymore. That's because no's no one capable of doing architectural carving and sculpting at that level of skill anymore. They used to do that here as late as the 1930's, for example like some government buildings in D.C. like the Supreme Court.

My question is does anyone know how much it costs to build the Chicago BAPS temple complex? I read that the new temple in Lilburn, GA. costs about $19 million, and that one is even larger than this one, but of course things are cheaper in Georgia than in Chicago.

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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Chicago is the largest traditional Hindu Mandir of stone and marble to be constructed in the United States. Created entirely according to ancient Hindu architectural manuscripts known as the Shilpa-Shastras and meeting all the modern regulations of today, it was constructed in a mere 16 months starting from the day its first stone was laid. Lime stone from Turkey and marble from Italy was shipped to India and carved along with Makrana marble from India. Carved pieces were shipped from India to Chicago to build such a beautiful Mandir. The Mandir opened to devotees, well-wishers, and visitors after the Pran Pratishtha ceremony performed by the hands of His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj on August 8, 2004. The adjoining cultural center, known as the Haveli, was opened in October of 2000 and is a revival of wooden craftsmanship. Traditionally, Haveli means courtyard architecture - an architectural style fashioned from wood, involving intricate carving.

* Dimensions:
Total land: 30 acres
Mandir: 22442 sq. ft.
Height: 78 ft.
Width: 112 ft.
Length: 213 ft.
* Stones:
Outside: Turkish Lime stone 42842 Cu. Ft.
Inside: Italian marble from Italy (32808 cu. Ft.)and Makrana marble from India 4850 cu. Ft.
Total: 8430 tones.
Size: Smallest stone 15 gm to largest stone of 5.2 tones.
* Features:
5 Pinnacles (shikhara)
1 Central Dome (22 ft. in dia.)
16 Domes
4 Balconies
14 Windows
151 Pillars
75 ceilings with 39 different designs
4 Small Pinnacles (Samaram)
129 Arches (Toran)
* Infrastructure:
40,000 stone pieces
85,000 cu. Ft total stone structure
No Iron or Steel used
Central heating and cooling
Under floor heating with Gel tubing
Fiber optic lighting

Different temple in Lemont
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I was just at this BAPS temple today, and I had been there a couple times before and I find it every time is just as amazing. The craftmanship and the detail works that went into it is so incredibly rich. In most Western culture, curtainly in the U.S., they don't built their churches at this level of refinement anymore. That's because no's no one capable of doing architectural carving and sculpting at that level of skill anymore. They used to do that here as late as the 1930's, for example like some government buildings in D.C. like the Supreme Court.
The BAPS temple architecture is from the western state of Gujarat. They assemble these temples like a jigsaw puzzle, from parts that are finished and shipped from India.
Indian stonemasons, called shilpi are finally finding work this way because even in India very few stone temples get built. Infact, the trade has picked up in recent years after a very long time. Most of northern and Western India had been ruled by muslims, and then the British, so this kind of architecture had virtually disappeared.

Only after recent economic boom, a kind of "hindu revival" is taking place, and the neo-rich are looking to "rediscover their heritage", so to speak.
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Really hideous. Hope it never got built.

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Plans for giant hindutemple in the Netherlands

The 'Maa Chandi Foundation', wants to built 'the biggest mandir outside India'
in the provence of South-Holland, very likely in the city Rotterdam. It will cost 75 million euros and is planned to get built in 2008.

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The Sri Meenakshi Temple in Houston.

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In most Western culture, curtainly in the U.S., they don't built their churches at this level of refinement anymore. That's because no's no one capable of doing architectural carving and sculpting at that level of skill anymore. They used to do that here as late as the 1930's, for example like some government buildings in D.C. like the Supreme Court.
You can still find quite a few in the United States who are capable of doing architectural carving and sculpting at that level of skill.
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