BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Located on the corner of Catherine Street and Gypsy Lane, the first sighting of this immense, white limestone Hindu temple takes your breath away. Featuring impressive temple architecture found across northern India, the stonework was hand carved by craftsmen in Gujarat, and then brought over and assembled on site.
Exquisite carvings with both religious and cultural motifs can be found throughout the building and lotus flowers and peacocks, both symbolising peace and beauty, are carved into the stonework. The domes, pillars and carvings all make this a temple built to impress and adding to the dramatic effect are the three shikhar towers with gold painted pinnacles rising out of the roof. These represent the mountain peaks of the Himalayas
It took nearly three years of tireless efforts by volunteers and devotees to raise enough funds to convert this former denim factory into one of the most largest and most magnificent mandirs in the Midlands. Many of the fundraisers had held a dream to build a mandir like this since arriving from Uganda in the 1970s. Today the £4million temple, bought and paid for by the community it serves, is used for spiritual, cultural and community activities. It has a cafe, bookshop and sports hall and holds Diwali celebrations every year as well as classes for young Hindus so that they can learn more about their religion. Since it opened in 2011 this magnificent building has brought the community together and will continue to do so in the years to come.
Click here to find out more about Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).