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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera

The temple at Dholera
Location: Dholera
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Madan Mohan Dev
Date built: May 19, 1826
Creator: Bhagwan Swaminarayan

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Dholera (Devnagari: श्री स्वमिनरयन मन्दिर, धोलेरा) is a Hindu temple in Dholera. This temple was built by Swaminarayan himself. It is one of the six temples built by him.[1]

About the Mandir

Central Altar of the temple

Dholera itself is an ancient port-city, 30 k.m. away from Dhandhuka of Ahmedabad district.

The making this temple with three domes was supervised and planned by Nishkulanand Swami, Atmanand Swami, Akshardanand Swami and Dharmprasad Swami.

The land for this abode of Gods, was gifted by Darbar Punjabhai. Swaminarayan, when camping in Kamiala, was requested by the devotees Shri Punjabhai and others, to go to Dholera to install the idols of God in the new temple in Dholera. Swaminarayan asked Brahmin priests to find out an auspicious time for the installation ceremony.

Swaminarayan graced Dholera on the request from Punjabhai and other devotees, and on May 19, 1826 and installed the idols of Madan Mohan dev and his own form Harikrishna Maharaj at the Principal seat of the temple and invoked Gods amidst Vedic hymns.

Besides the Gods in the inner temple and sanctum sanctorum, Hanuman and Ganapati grace Roop Chowki near the main stairway of the temple. On the west, near the steps, there are the idols of Sheshashayi, Suryanarayan, Dharm-Bhakti and Ghanshyam Maharaj. The idols of Shankar and Parvati are on the right hand side.

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