The Uniqueness of the Swaminarayan Fellowship
Through the inspiration of Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan, and the power of Bhuj Saints and Bhaktos from all over the world, a magnificent temple has been constructed using traditional Vedic architectural methods, on the banks of Hamirsar Lake. Since its first brick installation ceremony on 7 May 2003, it has taken 7 years for its completion. Based on a grand podium, the new temple faces East and is constructed mainly with pure high quality marble.
Expanding a 35,000 sq. feet area, this Temple has 7 sky touching pinnacles. It consists of one central dome, 25 minor domes and 258 pillars. The peripheries, which are beautifully carved into the icy marble of Makrana and Ambaji, give it heavenly beauty, serenity and the divine approach to the temple.
Deities which reside in the Mandir
The Deities that are installed in the New Bhuj Temple are as follows:
|Shrine||Deity||Type of Idol||Pratistha Date|
|South||Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj||White||20 April 1942|
|Middle||Shree Nar-Narayan Dev||Black||15 May 1827|
|Shri Harikrishna Maharaj||Golden||6 March 1867|
|North||Shri Radhakrishna Dev||Golden||21 April 1911|
|South Sukhshayya||Shri Sahajanand Swami||Picture||09 Oct 1848)|
|North Sukhshaiya||Shri Dharma-Bhakti-Nilkanth||Picture||18 May 2010|
|Parikrama South||Shri Suryanarayan|
|Shri Ram parivar|
|Parikrama North||Shri Shesh Shayi Vishnu|
|Shri Shiv Parivar|
|North Entry||Shri Hanuman|
|South Entry||Shri Ganesh|
Facts & FiguresTotal duration for completion: 7 years
Total time devoted: 600 sculptors and thousands of devotees spending in total over 15 million hours
Total stone: 1,26,000 cubic feet marble in which: 82,000 c.f - Makrana Marble 44,000 c.f. – Ambaji Marble
Total weight: 12,600 tons
Dimensions: Total area: 35,000 sq. ft. Length: 223 ft. Width: 158 ft. Height: 80 ft.
Total Pillars: 218, in which 156 are carved
Total Ceiling (carved): 108
Total Beams: 360, Carved: 156
Total Steps: 26, three-side entry staircases
Garbh Gruh (Inner Temple): 11
Total Pinnacles (shikhars): 7, Height of main shikhar: 58 ft.
Total Domes: 1 Central and 24 others
Total Samaran: 4
Total Arches: 223
Total idols: 64 consisting of - 10 avtaar, 12 digpal, 19 devi-devta, 9 grah, 14 vyaal.
Parikrama length: 500 ft.
Golden Kalash: 25, the biggest: 8 ft. - the smallest: 6 inch.
Main Dhvaj Dand (flag stick): 12.5 ft. long.
Concrete used at base:
Pink stone: 1,06,455 c.f.
Sand: 1,01,450 c.f.
Concrete-gravel: 35,100 c.f.
Fire proof bricks: 1,61,000 pieces
Aside from the primary temple focal point, BhujDham encompasses a number of accessory buildings: