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“Very impressive”

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Ranked #52 of 509 things to do in Toronto
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Amazing temple made fro hand-carved marble, limestone and sandstone. Unique structure with unique atmosphere. Volunteers meet you and explain everything.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank nataliya9021
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

About 20-30 min drive from downtown Toronto, BAPS stands out as a hidden immaculate gem among gray business and industrial boxed type buildings.

There is no fee to get in and for parking. To get in the seasonal exhibit, however, there is a 5$ adult and $2 child's fee. On a Saturday afternoon, it was pretty busy but still a lot of parking space.

As soon as you get inside the compound, you'll see a series of white temples or Mandirs. From the outside, the elaborately carved Burmese teak, Turkish limestone and Italian marble temples are an impressive site. Considering the size of this temple, it is amazing that these are all handmade using traditional tools.

Be advised to wear pants or for women skirts that are not higher than the knee. This is a religious temple, so common sense should dictate that visitors like us be respectful in clothing and behavior as people come here to pray.

For grown-ups, coming here would be a treat, especially for those who can appreciate architecture and history. For those with kids like us, it was a bit of a challenge reading the descriptions as the kids can get bored. Make sure they come well fed so you don't have to leave in hurry to get food or risk being with hAngry kids.

Overall, our experience was a good and enriching one. Take time to stroll around and even alongside the perimeter of the temple by the lawn. Don't be shy to talk to those who come to pray to ask about the meaning of the icons. I learned from a couple of men praying for example that the term "Shri" means someone blessed or holy to honor one's lifelong efforts to help people in their spiritual life.

Come and have a quiet visit away from the busyness of the other tourist sites.

Date of experience: September 2017
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4  Thank Kenkhan
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The outside of this Mandir is a splendour of awe. Just marvel at the intricate carvings on the building and main entrance. If that was not enough to make one speech less, adventuring inside was a divine experience. Something words or pictures cannot describe, one has to experience it for themselves to understand the divinity of the place.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Ronnie G
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

In the world of mass production, automation and volume production, this unique skill to carve out of marble and make such large structures is amazing.

Do not miss
(1) Murti Darshan - the sacred shrine visit at the upper deck temple and the exquisite carvings on the 10~20 pillars
(2) Aarti (check timings)
(3) Nilkanth Varni Abhishek - at the lower floor (check timings)
(4) The Indo canadian museum - also at lower floor

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank RavichandranH
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Having just learned of this building in Toronto, and having only visited one other Hindu Temple I wondered how I would get so far off the beaten track. Well TTC came through. A beautiful ride across Toronto and an hour and a half later I arrived at the front door of the Temple. The building is a work of art - for certain - exemplary in every detail. The inside is even more spectacular - but no photos allowed. As this was only my second visit to a Hindu temple I had expected more of what I experienced on my first visit to the mountain temple in Malaysia. It fall short from a number of perspectives. But worth the visit and the lengthy trip. Brought back memories of my visit in Malaysia with my friend who explained each of the temple altars to me. This temple had fewer altars and seemed much less a spiritual retreat than a tourist museum. There was quite a bit of information presented reasonably but not as inspiring as the building itself warrants

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Mitch G
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