Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
Forest Road, P.O. Box 40570
Tel: (254 -20) 232 0201, 8015998 / 9
Fax: (254-20) 232 0202
The mandir is situated in a beautiful environment, 10 minutes
from the Nairobi city center.
By Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 29 August 1999.
1st shrine - Yogiji Maharaj, Bhagatji Maharaj
2nd shrine - Shri Krishna, Shri Radhaji
3rd shrine - Lord Swaminarayan, Gunatitanand Swami(Central)
4th shrine - Shri Narayan, Shri Laxmiji
5th shrine - Shastriji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami Maharaj
The Shree Swaminarayan
Mandir in Nairobi is the first traditional Hindu Mandir of
its kind to be constructed, carved and created according to
the ancient Hindu Shilpashastras on the African continent.
350 tons of yellow Jesalmer sandstone from Jesalmer, Rajasthan,
was mined and transported to Pindwada, a village 400 km from
Jesalmer. There the stones were hand carved to various designs
by 150 skilled sculptors over a period of two years. The carved
pieces were then shipped from India to Mombasa and assembled
in Nairobi like a giant jigsaw puzzle. In addition, the interior
of the mandir is a grand revival of traditional Indian craftsmanship
in wood. Such breathtaking wood carvings have not been accomplished
anywhere in the world during modern times. The best available
indigenous timber from East Africa was exported to India for
the carving and around 235 craftsmen worked for more than
12 months in three different states of India. The work was
supervised by an expert team of engineers and architects,
who produced the world's best ornate wooden pieces. A comprehensive
world class exhibition on Hinduism and India is housed underneath
the Mandir. It covers an area of 6,000 sq.ft. The Haveli,
a cultural complex, is an adjoining building of huge magnitude
which accommodates all functional needs and requirements.
The Shree Swaminaryan Mandir in Nairobi, inspired by HDH Pramukh
Swami Maharaj, like the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in London,
has become a centre of inspiration, learning and service to
Facts & Features
- Jesalmer Yellow stone: 16,500
sq. ft. (350 tons)
- Carrara Marble from Italy:
13,200 sq. ft.
- Kota stone from India: 10,000
- 5 Shikhars (Pinnacles)
- 7 Ghummats (Domes)
- 66 Sthambas (Pillars)
- 40 Gavakshas (Windows)
- 23 Samarans (Arches)
- 4 Zarukhas (Balconies)
- 80 different designs
- 30 different ceiling designs
- 5 staircases
- 6,000 delicate floral designs
- The only carved wooden dome
in Kenya and perhaps, Africa.
- Concealed lighting and audio
- Interactive exhibition on
the ground floor
- Two beautifully designed
- Indigenous African timber
used: Elgon Teak, Mvuli, Mahogany and White Oak
- 235 craftsmen during peak
- Over 1 million man-hours
have gone into the project since inception
(150,000 man-hours by devotees and 850,000 man-hours by
- The Haveli comprises of a
prayer hall, kitchen, dining hall, concourse, assembly hall,
administrative offices, gymnasium, dispensary, youth hall
and a centre for social services.
- Maximum use of natural light
through light wells.
- Installation of energy efficient
- A total of over 500 species
of plants have been used to create a botanical environment.