Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhuj

Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhuj

Gujarat, Kutch

Shrine: Narnarayan Dev

Lord Shree Swaminarayan was always attracted by the divine attributes of Kutch and decided to  build a temple here on the request of his devotees. The Gujarat Earthquake of January 2001 caused irreparable damage to the temple. After a mutual agreement between Acharya Maharajshree, Saints and the devotees from all around the world, it was decided to construct this new temple a short distance away from the original site. The first brick installation was done in 2003, and seven years later in 2010, the new monumental shrine was inaugurated.

Origin: The original temple was built by Swaminarayan in 1823. The new temple was built in 2010 by the followers of Swaminarayan sect

Legend

Bhuj is one of the six places where Lord Shree Swaminarayan constructed the temple himself. Senior devotees like Gangarambhai, Sundarjibhai and others from the Bhuj went to Gadhada where Lord Shree Swaminarayan was attending the famous fuldol festival. The devotees requested him to construct a temple in Bhuj, which the Lord agreed to. On 15th May 1823, the Murti's were installed by Lord Shree Swaminarayan himself. The Gujarat Earthquake of January 2001 caused irreparable  damage to the temple. After a mutual agreement between Acharya Maharajshree, Saints and the devotees from all around the world, it was decided that the idols would be placed inside a new grand temple. It was agreed to construct this new temple a short distance away from the original site.

Architecture

The temple built in white marble and gold exudes beauty, peace and charm. The temple is east facing, with 7 high pinnacles. There are many small shrines in the temple, and the one in the middle, with the deity Shree Nar-Narayan Dev is the prominent among them. The pillars, the ceiling and the walls are filled with intricate marble carvings. On the outer walls are carvings depicting hindu mythological stories.

Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org

Darsan Info

Temple timings : 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM, 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM
There is an online streaming of live darshan at the Swaminarayan temple.

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire

Culture

Bhuj is a city in the Kutch district of Gujarat. Bhuj is a famous destination for shopping of handicraft work like bandhni (tie-dye) and leatherwork. In 1956 as well in 2001, the city was struck by a major earthquake which caused a great loss of life and property. Many parts of Bhuj were demolished due to the extensive damage while the rest were repaired.

Language Spoken: Gujarati

Location and Contact

Tirth Dham, Shree Swaminarayn Road, Opp City Police Bhuj, Kutch, Bhuj, Gujarat 370001

Contact Number : +91 2832 250231

Ways to Reach

By rail-  Bhuj is the nearest rail head with trains operating between Bhuj, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.                                                       
By air- Bhuj is also the airport and has flight connectivity to Mumbai.                                   
By road - Bhuj is well connected by road through various cities in the state and is the shrine at a distance of about 22 kilometres to the south of Bhuj.

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Climate

Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 27oC 30oC 29.3oC 29oC
Min-Temparture 18oC 25oC 25oC 20oC

Temple Rituals

The priests perform puja to the deity of Lord NarNarayan. There are daily aartis in the morning, evening and night.

Pooja Timing

Temple timings : 5.00 AM to 12.00 PM, 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM

Festivals

July -Rath Yatra
October - Navrathri





  • Near Bus Stand

  • Kera
  • Nearby Airport

  • Bhuj
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  • Taxi Stand

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