Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)
Sarangpur Ta. Barvala,
Gujarat, INDIA - 382451
Tel: (02849) 251 000, 252 000, 99989 95500
241 192, 241 193
Fax: (02849) 283 663, 251151
Sarangpur is a village in the Amdavad district of Gujarat.
By Shastriji Maharaj in May 1916.
1st shrine - Mulji Brahmachari, Harikrishna Maharaj, Gopinathji,
2nd shrine - Sukh Shayya/Guru Parampara
3rd shrine - Dham, Dhami, Mukta (Central)
4th shrine - Ghanshyam Maharaj
5th shrine - Acharya Ayodhyaprasadji, Acharya Raghuvirji,
Ghanshyam Maharaj, Dharmadev, Bhaktimata
Lord Swaminarayan often came to Sarangpur to celebrate the
spring festival of Fuldol. In 1812, He played ras
with the saints at the house of Rathod Dhadhal and introduced
Gunatitaand Swami as His choicest devotee.
In 1813, Lord
Swaminarayan rode on His horse around the outskirts of the
village and then remarked: "Today, I have just performed
the ground breaking ceremony for a magnificent mandir here."
In 1820, Lord
Swaminarayan stayed at the darbar of Jiva Khachar and delivered
The Lord wished
to build His 6th mandir in Gadhada on the hillock on the
banks of the River Ghela but Jiva Khachar of Gadhada refused
to part with his share of the land. Disappointed, Lord Swaminarayan
visited some of the neighbouring towns, eventually coming
Here, Jiva Khachar of Sarangpur
offered his land for the purpose of building a mandir. Meanwhile,
Dada Khachar and his sisters arrived from Gadhada and offered
their darbar as an alternative site for the mandir in Gadhada.
Lord Swaminarayan consented to their offer and Jiva Khachar's
joy turned to dismay. Lord Swaminarayan consoled him and
promised. "Don't worry, at your place a huge mandir will
time at Vadtal, for five years Shastriji Mahaaj was Mahant
of the local Swaminarayan mandir in Sarangpur, which he
converted from a small shrine into a beautiful mandir. Whilst
going from the mandir to bathe at the stepwell Narayan Kund,
Shastriji Maharaj often said: "I see a three pinnacled mandir
the first mandir in Bochasan, Shastriji Maharaj decided
to build the second mandir in Sarangpur to fulfil Lord Swaminarayan's
promise to Jiva Khachar. It was an uphill struggle from
day one. The opponents spread hostile propaganda discouraging
anyone from giving support to Shastriji Maharaj's work.
There was a shortage of manpower, funds and equipment. The
saints had to beg for alms, grains and even buttermilk from
the neighbouring villages.
they received, they cooked in kerosene tins on log fires.
Despite these difficulties, the saints and devotees remained
enthusiastic in their services. Shastriji Maharaj and Yogiji
Maharaj personally helped out in the construction work.
(During the installation ceremony, the mirror held by Shastriji
Maaraj before the images cracked into pieces.)
The mandir is the largest of all the temples in the Swaminarayan
Sampradaya and the second highest in all of Gujarat - 108
personally supervised the sculpting of the image of Harikrishna
In 1947, a
magnificent towering entrance gate was constructed in front
of the main mandir.
In 1951, Shastriji
Maharaj passed away in Sarangpur (in the Rang Mandap on
the ground floor of the mandir). A beautiful one-pinnacled
mandir stands over the spot where his last rites were performed.
This mandir-Yagnapurush Smruti Mandir-houses a marble
image of Shastriji Maharaj and was inaugurated by Pramukh
Swami Maharaj in April 1981.
Sarangpur mandir complex serves as an educational centre
for all new initiates to the monastic fold.
The festivals of Fuldol - Holi (March) and Jalzilani Ekadashi
(September) are celebrated here annually in the presence
of Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Distance from Nearest Airport:
- 80 km. from Bhavnagar
- 150 km. from Amdavad
from Nearest Railway Station:
- 14 km. from Botad
ways to reach:
- Take Aeroplane / Train to Amdavad
(overnight from Mumbai).
Take Bus or Taxi from Amdavad (110 km.)
- approximately 3½ hours by road.