A symbol of Sanatan Dharm and Indian culture, the Swaminarayan Temple was built to reflect the value of inter-religious belief

The BAPS Swaminarayan temple on the bank of Godavari in Nasik is the symbol of Sanatan Dharm and Indian culture. The temple was built with the value of interfaith belief in mind.

Statues of all gods and goddesses can be found in this temple – a reason why devotees of all faiths have flocked to this temple for worship. The temple has been a vital addition to Nasik, which is already known as the city of temples.

The main statue of the temple was placed in the sanctum sanctorum last Wednesday when Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde participated in the ceremony held on the occasion. Sadhus and devotees from all over the country also witnessed the event.

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The Swaminarayan temple has statues of Radha, Krishna, Sita, Ram, Lakshmi Narayan Dev, Vitthal Rakhumai, Ganapati, Hanuman, Mahadev and others. Swaminarayan’s message is that if we accept what is good, then we can become good, we can improve. This is why he taught his followers to accept the messages taught by all incarnations of gods of different religions.

To promote the Sanatan Dharm, statues of different gods and goddesses have been placed in the temple, spokesman for the organization Swaminarayan Adarsh ​​Jeevan Swami said.

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What makes the temple so special?

Nasik is a historically significant place. Lord Ramchandra along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman stayed in the Panchawati region during their stay in the forest. Hence, this place is considered sacred and Swaminarayan Temple was built on this sacred land.

The temple is located on the banks of the Godavari River. The river is unparalleled in its importance to Hindus. “The Godavari River is as important to Hindus as the Ganga River. Nashik becomes more important as it dates back to the era of Vedas,” said Sadhu Tirthaswarupdas.

One of the highlights of the temple are the meticulous carvings on the pillars of the temple. What adds to the charm of the temple are the immaculate carvings of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This form of narrative technique has been at the forefront of the country’s civilizational history and can be seen from Angkor Wat to the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

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