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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir


The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Chicago, Illinois is a traditional Hindu place of worship built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is headed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, is a denomination of the Swaminarayan branch of Hinduism.

About The Temple

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

It is built of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone. The mandir is the largest of its kind in Illinois and was constructed according to guidelines outlined in ancient Hindu texts of temple architecture. The complex spreads over 27 acres and, in addition to the mandir, includes a haveli and a small bookstore. The haveli is a cultural center in which weekly congregations are held. The mandir is open daily for worship and to visitors. The temple, classified within traditional Hindu architecture as a ‘Shikharbadha mandir,’ has been built according to principles laid out in the Shilpa Shastras. The Shilpa Shastras are Hindu texts prescribing standards of sacred architecture. Within the mandir are different shrines, in which murtis (sacred images of Hindu deities) have been installed. The central shrine holds the murti of Swaminarayan, with Gunatitanand Swami to his left, together worshipped as Akshar-Purushottam Maharaj. Other shrines hold the murtis of Ghanshyam Maharaj, Harikrishna Maharaj, Shri Radha Krishna, Shri Shiva Parvati, Shri Sita Ram, Hanumanji, Ganapatiji and the lineage of BAPS gurus who are Swaminarayan’s spiritual successors.

Architectural Recognition

In 2005, the BAPS mandir complex was awarded the Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for its unique style of Indian stone architecture and engineering, as well as its positive cultural and spiritual impact on Bartlett. It was recognized in Stone World magazine as a true symbol of ancient heritage and craftsmanship of traditional Indian temples in the same year. The American Institute of Architects has recognized the mandir as one of the 150 Great Places in Illinois.

Legend and Stories

Accordingly, the Swaminarayan sadhus (Hindu monks) offer devotional worship to the deities throughout the day. The sadhus awaken the deities before dawn by singing morning hymns, called prabhatiya. Mangala aarti, which is the first of five aartis, is also performed at this time. Aarti is a ritual where devotees sing the glory of God while a lighted wick is circulated before the murtis. After mangala aarti, the deities are bathed and offered food and garments that vary with the season. After the murtis have been adorned with garments, shangaar aarti is performed. At midday, rajabhoga aarti is performed and food is offered to the murtis. Food that has been offered to the deities is considered sanctified, and is distributed to devotees as holy prasadam.

Sacred shrines darshan

•9:00 am – 10:15 am

•11:15 am - 12:00 pm

•4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


•Shangar: 7:30 am

•Rajbhog: 11:15 am

•Sandhya: 7:00 pm

•Shayan: 8:30 pm

Nilkanth Varni Abhishek


• 9:00 am - 10:15 am

• 11:20 am - 12:00 pm

• 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

• 7:20 pm - 8:00 pm


• 9:00 am - 10:15 am

• 11:20 am - 3:00 pm

• 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

• 7:20 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunday Mahapuja

8:00 am - 9:30 am


The O'Hara International airport is 20 miles from downtown Chicago is the world's busiest airport. There are many national airlines that are headquartered here. Amtrak has a major hub in Chicago and this is always a viable option.

Temple Address

Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS),


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Peace of Mind

Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te

Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.

Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha

Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.

Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi

Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.

Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam

Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).


Summer: 9.am To 8.pmWinter: 9.00am to 7.00pm

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