BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago is a Hindu temple in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, Illinois, USA. It is one of the largest traditional Hindu Mandir of stone and marble to be constructed in the United States and was built by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
The Mandir was designed according to ancient Hindu texts on temple design known as the Shilpa Shastras.
It is constructed of Turkish limestone and Italian marble that was
shipped to India and hand carved. The stone was then shipped to Chicago
and assembled like a giant three dimensional jigsaw puzzle. From the day
its first stone was laid, it took 16 months to construct, and was
inaugurated on August 8, 2004 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international Hindu organisation belonging to the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism
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The Laie LDS Temple
The Laie Hawaii Temple was the first temple built outside of the continental United States.
At just 10,500 square feet, the Laie Hawaii Temple was the smallest temple the Church had ever constructed.
The Laie Hawaii Temple was originally named the Hawaii Temple.
The Laie Hawaii Temple stands adjacent to Church-owned Brigham Young
University–Hawaii. The Church's other two universities; Brigham Young
University in Provo, Utah, and Brigham Young University–Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho; also have adjacent temples.
The Laie Hawaii Temple sits on the original Mormon landholdings of
Hawaii known as Laie Plantation. The 6,000-acre parcel was purchased in
1865 for $14,000.
I visited the Temple one sunny weekend. My friend and I did the tour and were warmly greeted at the visitor center by a delightful guide. I'm pleased to post my collection of photos from that visit.