Swaminarayan Akshardham
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The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), an international Hindu religious and social service organization, began construction of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, or temple, in 2010 on 160 acres in New Jersey. The first phase, which includes the worship center and prayer hall, opened in 2014

Located outside of Trenton in the town of Robbinsville, it is the world’s largest Hindu temple. The $18 million project includes marble that was quarried in Europe and then sent to India, where the stones were hand-carved. The main gate is adorned with 236 carved peacocks. The temple is 133 feet long and 87 feet wide, hosting 40 spires, 98 pillars, 144 carved sacred figures and nearly 14,000 carved stone pieces.

The New Jersery mandir reflects the BAPS tradition of social work and worship, observing a range of events -- from Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, to World Diabetes Day.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, NJ- Flickr- photo by John Brandauer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

BAPS Robbinsville Mandir interior- Work for hire; Copyright held by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (www.baps.org); Unknown photographer- photo via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, carving detail- Flickr- photo by John Brandauer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, NJ- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Sanjev Rajaram (CC BY-SA 4.0)
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir website
NBC News, "The World's Largest Hindu Temple is About to Open in Robbinsville, New Jersey" (July 28, 2014)
The Huffington Post, "New Jersey Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple -- One Of The Only Traditional Stone Mandirs In North America" (Aug. 23, 2014)
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Sandi Dolbee
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