Swaminaraayan Temple ,Hollywood has been built at a cost of 100 Million $.
While it is laudable that a Hindu Temple is built at such a cost,wouldn’t be better if some money could be spent on the Ancient Temples in India, which are in a state of disrepair?
Days after its inauguration, one of the biggest Hindu temple in US, built at a colossal cost of USD 100 million and designed to last 1,000 years has become a major draw for its grandeur and architecture.
The 68th Swaminarayan temple built near the Hollywood city in Los Angeles has been carved out of traditional stone and marble and cutting edge technology to protect it from earthquakes.
“The Mandir is a beautiful testament to the hard work of your congregation who has spent several years to build this place of worship,” Chino Hill Mayor Peter Rogers said.
Constructed from 35,000 pieces of meticulously hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone, the temple encompasses five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129 archways.
From the external walls and domes to the inside pillars and ceilings, the Mandir is completely etched with intricate carvings in marble and sandstone.
The 6,600 hand-carved motifs depict a mosaic of tales of inspiration, devotion and dedication, along with historical figures from Hinduism, temple officials said.
“Artisans created the carvings in India with great love, skill and patience before the pieces were shipped to Chino Hills,” a BAPS statement said.
The Mandir is situated on a 20-acre site, complete with 91 foot lotus-shaped reflection pond, a Cultural Center, gymnasium and classrooms.
It is designed to “calm the mind and open it,” said Ronak Patel, a volunteer of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.