Lace architecture. Swaminarayan Hindu Temple Sri Mandir.Surprisingly, this temple is not in India and Canada. parish of spiritual organization Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), created in the late 18th century and became popular in the early 20th century.
Principles on which it conducts its work, very simple and clear to people around the world. This cessation of smoking, alcohol and meat, maintaining harmonious relations in the family, maintaining purity of body and soul.
Number of centers of the organization in various countries around the world now exceeds 3300. However, the most impressive church is certainly Swaminarayan Mandir temple of Sri, which was built in 2007 in Toronto (Canada).
The temple is built of pure white carved mramora.Pri construction used all the basic principles that are typical for the construction of temples ancient Indians.
Hundreds of craftsmen in India carved out of stone and lace details for the temple, so that later, for a record 18 months, this masterpiece of exotic architecture was built in Toronto, as a huge puzzle, without a single nail. A huge building with many domes, held by an ingenious design of all parts. It can be safely included in the list of "Seven Wonders of Toronto."
Total number of elements that make up the structure, has 2415. To carve them out of stone, in 1800 it took the efforts of Indian craftsmen. Funds for construction of the temple were collected in the form of donations of believers, its construction cost about 40 million dollars.
The main materials for construction steel Indian granite and sandstone and limestone from Turkey and marble from Italy. All elements of the temple, including the exquisite stone lace, cut in India, and then the building was built without the use of nails. Parts of it are fitted so skillfully that is firmly held in place.
Attracted the attention of many domes adorning the building, which has since its construction was recognized as one of the major attractions of Toronto. Name of the church "Mandir" can be translated as "the place for meditation of the soul."
The main building of the house is made of stone, but there are other structure, which is used for finishing wood tick.Wood processing was done in the style of "havelis", which means "royal". This style enjoys popularity in India for the past several hundred years.
To decorate the temple used numerous images of figures of people - poets, dancers, musicians, and floral designs.In general, the temple really makes a lasting impression.
Such temples in the world a few: In Delhi, London, Houston, Chicago, Nairobi and in Toronto. Mandir in translation means the place where the soul stops and is a place of meditation. At the temple is worth two buildings: the first is the actual self stone Mandir. second - wood-paneled teak Haveli. Haveli word means king, and this style of architecture was popular in the 17th century.
Inside the temple.
The most remarkable place of the temple - is a meditation room, located in the upper part. The room is decorated with lots of columns, the number of which seems even more due to the fact that the columns are reflected in the marble floor, polished like a mirror. floor and ceiling of the hall are decorated with marble lace pattern that looks three-dimensional.
On special pedestals are artfully illuminated figures of Indian deities. The temple is the epitome of joy, kindness and love. They come and admire the townspeople and visitors.
Akshar Purushottam Maharaj Ghanshyam Maharaj Harikrishna Maharaj, Radha Krishna- Sita Ram, Hanumanji Uma Maheshwar, Ganeshji Nilkanth Varni