Shri Swaminarayan Temple, which is the first temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday in Ahmedabad.. It is located in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. It was built on the instructions of Swaminarayan, the founder of the sect.
NarNarayan Dev Gadi and LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi are two Gadis (seats) of Swaminarayan Sampraday. This temple is the headquarters of the NarNarayan Dev Gadi. Green and yellow sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses, their bodies fitted in opulent dress, cover the structure of this nineteenth-century temple.
Temple’s architecture based on Burma teak wood, all coloured arch and bracket have different shade,. According to Anjali Desai, who is the author of India Guide Gujarat, the temple resembles a fairytale with all its colours and opulent carvings that profusely embellish every wooden bracket, column and arch. The day after Diwali million people are attracts to the temple. The temple has a multi-story guesthouse that is air conditioned and has a fully equipped medical clinic within its compound.
The land for construction of Swaminarayan Temple was been given by the British Government to India. The task of constructing this temple was entrusted personally by Swaminarayan to Ananandanand Swami (a paramhansa of the sect). The installation ceremony of the murti (images) in the temple was celebrated in the presence about 50,000 of pilgrims representing many parts of India.
Swaminarayan Mandir Road, Zaveriwad, Kalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380001