September 30, 2019

DISCOVER GEORGIA: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple Atlanta

Hi there!

I've got another Discover Georgia post for you to check out today. If you're new to the series, I like to routinely check out various tourist attractions in Georgia. A lot of people seem to think that Georgia begins and ends with Atlanta, but there is so much more to see and experience. Some of my posts are from sights within Metro Atlanta, and others are not. Today's post is about the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. It is a Hindu temple located in the Lilburn, Georgia area.


The first time I had any inkling about this temple was a maybe 2 years ago while watching local news. There was a spotlight on this temple that was seemingly constructed in India, taken apart, sent over to Georgia and reconstructed. I made a mental note to visit some day, and I finally got the chance with my sister, Tammy. You can view her blog post about it here.

According to the mandir's website, it is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish limestone, Italian carrara marble and Indian pink sandstone) and was constructed over a 17-month period. Over 34,000 individual pieces were hand-carved in India, shipped to Georgia and assembled like a puzzle!

When my sister and I drove up, we were a little underwhelmed to be honest. For whatever reason, we imagined it to be much bigger than it is. By the time we got out of the car and onto the grounds, the sheer beauty of the entire space overtook our minds and we could not stop taking photos. This is going to be a photo-heavy post, by the way. We opted to walk around ourselves and did not partake in the guided tours since we were pressed for time. There are ceremonies that you can observe if you make it in time, but we missed one by a few minutes.

Photography is not allowed inside the temple itself, and neither are shoes. If you're not appropriately dressed, you will be given a shawl or something to cover up. When you step in, the beauty of the architecture is quite dazzling. I really wish we were allowed to photograph inside, as the intricate design of the different stones is absolutely breathtaking.

We probably spent about 2 to 2.5 hours on the grounds, and ended the visit with a quick stop to get a quick bite at the shop near the entrance/exit gates. I would have preferred it if it was an actual Indian restaurant though - but I really enjoyed the vegetable samosas that we got.

I hope you enjoy the photos, and oh yeah, visiting the temple is FREE!

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3 comments:

  1. WOW SO MUCH FUN. THE TEMPLE IS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT. I LIKE VIBRANT FLOWERS IT LOOKS SO NICE.

    Happy weekend.
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  2. Excellent post! I loved so much your pictures!! That temple really looks beautiful, and very peaceful, really hope that you had a great time in there!

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  3. Oh it is a very beautiful structure.
    I totally want to visit this place
    Happy thursday my dear.
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