Deities: Harikrishna Maharaj, Swaminarayan Bhagwan, Krishna, Radha
Location: Shahibaug, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Best time to visit: All year around
Known as: BAPS Headquarter
Festival & Event: Janmashtami, Ram Navami, Maha Shivaratri, Hanuman Jayanti
STD Code: 0091-79
Amdavad is a historic city, previously the capital of Gujarat State. Before the establishment of Mughal rule here, the city was known by the name of Karnavati.
By Yogiji Maharaj in May 1962.
1st shrine – Harikrishna Maharaj, Krishna, Radha
2nd shrine – Guru Parampara
3rd shrine – Dham, Dhami, Mukta (Central)
4th shrine – Sukh Shayya/Lalji Maharaj
5th shrine – Ghanashyam Maharaj
Lord Swaminarayan first came to Amdavad as Neelkanth Varni in 1799 staying at Lake Kankaria. He visited the city many times, often celebrating the festival of Fuldol here. He frequently bathed in the River Sabarmati, passing en-route, through a fruit orchard in the area known as Shahibaug. Lord Swaminarayan built the first ever Swaminarayan Mandir in the Kalupur area of Amdavad in the year 1822, installing the images of Nara and Narayan.
Lord Swaminarayan gave darshan to a devotee, Ashabhai that a Mandir of true Upasana would soon spring forth in Amdavad. It was also Shashtriji Maharaj’s wish that an Akshar Purushottam Mandir be built in Amdavad. To this end, an old bungalow was purchased in the area of Shahibaug – the fruit orchard which had been sanctified by Lord Swaminarayan. The bungalow was converted into a small Hari Mandir and a small image of Lalji Maharaj was installed. At this site, Yogiji Maharaj later constructed a 5-spired Mandir and fulfilled his guru’s wish.
How to reach:
by Air: 5 km.- Daily flights to & from Mumbai, Delhi and other cities.
by Rail: 4 km.- Daily trains to & from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Vadodara and other cities.
by Road: 6 km.- Regular Bus services to & from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Vadodara and other cities.
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
Gujarat, INDIA – 380004
Tel: 0091-79-2562-5151, 2562-5152
Fax: 0091-79-2562 4405, 2562-5175