I am going to start a new category of postings called “Places to Visit”. Â I will be documenting various places that I visited and think that they would be of interest to other people..Â
The first one on the list is the Swami Narayan Mandir (temple) in Bartlett, IL. Although, this temple is dedicated to Swami Narayan (one of the Gods in the Hindu religion), it is open to anyone that wants to visit. The temple is built completely out of marble and was completed in a record 16 months. As it stands now, it is the largest Hindu temple in North AmericaÂ (Thx to Deepti for correcting me.. Looks like the newly built Swami Narayan temple in Atlanta, GA is the largest temple in North America now..Â http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAPS_Shri_Swaminarayan_Mandir_Atlanta). It was built in accordace to ancient architectural practises, which means that no steel or iron was used in building it. The temple is located atÂ
4N739 IL Route 59,
Bartlett , IL 60103 USA
An added bonus to visiting the temple, in addition to be able to view an amazing architectural wonder and (if you are inclined) a chance to sooth your spirit, you also get good vegetarian food :). It is cooked right in the temple.
Photography is not allowed inside the temple.. Here are some pictures I was able to take from outsite the temple
Intricate wood carving on the Haveli’s enterance
The temple, in snow..
Front view of the temple
The entrance of the temple