BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Established by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Formalized by Shastriji Maharaj, Inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. the BAPS Shri Swami Read more [...]
Place Category: Hindu Temples
Shree Swamnarayan Mandir
In the year 2000, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree held a magnificent festival at the Temple and inaugurated the Arts & Culture Centre. The Temple ceiling has been transformed into a 3000 square foot canvas, with paintings of the divine episodes of Lord Swaminarayan and Jeevanpran Swamibapa. Visitors to the Mandir have commented that Bolton now has an art gallery of world renown. Some have compared the splendid scenes to the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The centrepiece of the prayer hall is a breathtaking sinhasan, intricately carved from wood and meticulously leafed in gold. The jewels in this crown are the murtis of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Adya Acharya Pravar Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.
History of Shree Swamnarayan Mandir
With the divine blessings of Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Sadguru Shree Ishwarcharandasji Swamibapa, many disciples traveled to East Africa from the 1920s onwards. During the early 1960’s Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa encouraged the migration of many of the disciples to the United Kingdom. Some devotees arrived and settled in the industrial town of Bolton, Lancashire. At first, they held congregations in the front room of a disciple’s home. As numbers increased, this became inadequate. With the divine blessings of Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa the devotees purchased a property on Deane Road, to convert into a Temple and in 1974, Jeevanpran Swamibapa inaugurated the Temple for the spiritual, cultural and social welfare of the residents of Bolton. Under the merciful divine vision of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, the assiduous devotees prospered using their manual and entrepreneurial skills to become mainstays of the Bolton community.
With an ever-growing congregation, it became necessary for the congregation to find larger and more purpose built accommodations. By the grace of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa the devotees did not need to look further than across the street, where a disused church had become available. In 1996 renovations began to transform the dilapidated buildings into a Temple and community hall for the local neighbourhood. On Sunday the 15th of June 1997, following another three-day Festival, the Temple was inaugurated by His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj.
The devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan in and around Bolton continued to practise their unique blend of Swaminarayan spiritualism and Indian culture. With the divine vision of Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Arts and Culture Centre was established.