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Old August 28th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #1
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New Indian Temples

This thread is dedicated to Hindu/Jain temples built in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #2
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Birla Temple, Kolkata.

Work began in 1970, and was completed in 1996 after 26 years.










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Old August 28th, 2009, 07:26 PM   #3
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Swaminarayan Temple, Rajkot, Gujarat







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Old August 28th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #4
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The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Canada's first traditionally hand carved stone and marble Mandir built according to the principles of ancient Indian Shilpshastras, in an extraordinary tradition that dates back many millennia. All the masonry of a Hindu Mandir is in itself load bearing, with no reinforcement from ferrous material such as steel, even in the foundations! Thousands of tonnes of fine marble and limestone have been hand-carved by skilled craftsmen.

The Mandir is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship of ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy. The Mandir was constructed in a record 18 months. It is a testimony to the sheer dedication and devotion of over 400 volunteers.

Toronto's BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, by the numbers:
· 1,800 craftsmen involved at 26 different sites in India
· 305 containers shipped with carved stone modules from India to Toronto
· 400 volunteers gave more than a million hours of services
· 18 months to complete stone work (jig-zaw puzzle) in Canada
· 132 archways,
· 84 decorative ceilings, 340 pillars
· 24,151 handcarved pieces
· 5.6 tonnes, heaviest stone vs 50 grams, lightest stone
· 10,000 tonnes of Italian marble, Turkish limestone, Indian sandstone and granite
· 95,000 cubic feet of stone carved in India and shipped to Toronto
· Built to last over 1,000 years.


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^Thanks Andrew, but this thread is only for temples located within India.

There is another thread for temples outside Indian subcontinent, here.
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Old August 28th, 2009, 10:07 PM   #6
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Beautiful intricate work; slightly modern but still very traditional.

Wonder if they are open to tourists!
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^Thanks Andrew, but this thread is only for temples located within India.

There is another thread for temples outside Indian subcontinent, here.


It was built in India, just assembled here.
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It was built in India, just assembled here.
I know, but its still located outside India
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Well you only just updated this 5 mins ago,

"This thread is dedicated to Hindu/Jain temples built in the 20th and 21st centuries, located within India. "
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Well you only just updated this 5 mins ago,

"This thread is dedicated to Hindu/Jain temples built in the 20th and 21st centuries, located within India. "
Yeah, I"m sorry alrite. I thought the thread title was enough to indicate that the thread was for temples located within India.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 12:03 AM   #11
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Well it is an Temple of India, built in India and shipped to Canada for Indian Canadians, so I think it was an obvious fit for this thread. How was I to know there was a thread about Indian Temples built outside of India. Not really something I would search for.
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Birla Temple, Shahad, Maharashtra (completed in 2006)







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Well it is an Temple of India, built in India and shipped to Canada for Indian Canadians, so I think it was an obvious fit for this thread. How was I to know there was a thread about Indian Temples built outside of India. Not really something I would search for.
Its alright. I'll ask the moderator to rename the thread.
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Well you only just updated this 5 mins ago,

"This thread is dedicated to Hindu/Jain temples built in the 20th and 21st centuries, located within India. "
Well the title did say "New Temples of India".

Anyway, there is already a thread on temples ou of India so I don't think we need another.
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Well the title did say "New Temples of India".

Anyway, there is already a thread on temples out of India so I don't think we need another.
Hey, discussion is over man. Pls post pictures!
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Never knew the Birlas built so many temples all over India. I knew they were a religious family, but I was only familiar with the Birla Mandir in Hyderabad. Nice to see their religious philanthropy all over India!
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Never knew the Birlas built so many temples all over India. I knew they were a religious family, but I was only familiar with the Birla Mandir in Hyderabad. Nice to see their religious philanthropy all over India!
They built arguably the first temple in independent India (the Delhi Birla mandir). Its apparently a family tradition. The story is that a priest predicted great success for the family as long as they continued to build temples. They haven't stopped building since then (or stopped being successful)
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Haha good for them. It's nice to see a prominent business family engaging in such work. I'm sure this quality is rare among their peers.
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