BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto
|BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Toronto|
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple
It opened on July 22, 2007, by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Federal Opposition Leader Stéphane Dion, and Indian Ambassador to Canada Rajamani Lakshmi Narayan. The temple was constructed by 2,000 builders who were required to follow ancient Hindu rules. The temple was built using Turkish limestone and Italian marble. It is the second largest Hindu temple outside India, behind only the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta.
The temple cost an estimated $40 million to build. However, like many other temples in BAPS, significant work was provided through volunteering efforts of the local community. At 32,000 sq.ft, it is the largest mandir in Canada.
The Mandir shares its home with the Canadian Museum of Cultural Heritage of Indian-Canadians.
Main deities at the Temple
Major festivals celebrated
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- "Hindu temple opens in Toronto". The Star. July 22, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- "Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially opens BAPS Swaminarayan Complex".
- BAPS Website
- News Report about temple
- CBC Photo Gallery
- BAPS Toronto Mandir
- Toronto Hindu Temple - First Vitthoba Hindu Mandir outside of India