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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir



A Mandir is a Hindu place of worship for a haven for spirituality and a place of paramount peace. It is also a center vibrant with social, cultural, and spiritual activities. The  Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated in August of 2007 after only 17 months of construction time utilizing 1.3 million volunteer hours.

The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle.

Some two million man hours of labor have gone into building this special house of worship, with high school and college students foregoing their summer vacations to sweat in the Atlanta summer heat to make this project a success. 

Along with the young, many professionals and business people, including both men and women, had temporarily put their lives on hold to ensure that the approximately 30,000 square foot mandir would be completed by the end of August. Over 34,000 hand-carved pieces were shipped from India in a total of 346 containers to Atlanta.



In the early 1980's, a handful of Swaminarayan devotees in the Atlanta area began meeting at each other's homes on a weekly basis to hold religious gatherings. As the number of devotees and the Indian community in the surrounding area steadily increased, a special place of worship was needed.

With the help of devotees from around the southeastern states, a skating rink was purchased in 1988. Even then, a large volunteer force completely transformed the old rink into a mandir in Clarkston, GA.Since 1988, the converted rink has served as a mandir and all that a mandir stands for. Over the years, however, it was evident that a traditional mandir was needed in Atlanta one that would be able to help Hindus in America of all ages to strengthen their roots. With this desire, and through the inspiration of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, a decision to build a traditional shikharbaddh (spired) mandir in Atlanta was made.

With the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, in February of 2000, a twenty-nine acre plot of land at the intersection of Rockbridge Road and Lawrenceville. Highway was purchased in Lilburn, GA, a quiet suburban town of Atlanta. A puja was also performed this same year by Pramukh Swami Maharaj to sanctify the land so that construction may begin.

BAPS broke ground on the mandir project in September 2005, with land being cleared and ready for the main foundation pouring just four months later in January of 2006.In March 2006, a crane was assembled just in time to install the first of what is now a monument with over 106,000 cubic feet of Italian Carrara.

The mandir have following shrines inside:

  • Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Aksharbrahman Gunatitanand Swami
  • Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj
  • Shri Radha-Krishna Dev
  • Shri Harikrishna Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Bhagatji Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj
  • Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj
  • Pragat Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj
  • Shri Sita-Ram Dev and Shri Hanumanji
  • Shri Shiva-Parvati Dev and Shri Ganeshji

Mandir Darshan Timings:

Opening hours : 9:00 am to 10:30 am

and 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Arti Timings:

Shangar Arti 7:30 am

Rajbhog Arti 11:15 am

Sandhya Arti 7:00 pm

Shayan Arti 8:30 pm

Temple Festivals:

Colourful festivals from different traditions of Hinduism are celebrated here. They include Holi, Deepavali and the New Year.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.
Don't s:
  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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