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
My little love, Matthew. 2nd Grandson and his birthday is coming up shortly. Today I captured his official 2nd year portrait right after lunch! Camera was close by...like always. You never know, so mine is pretty much always close by here in the house! ;)