One of the biggest Hindu temples in the US, built at a whopping cost of USD
100 million near the Hollywood city in Los Angeles has become a major draw for
its grandeur and environment-friendly design, since its inauguration.
The 68th Swaminarayan temple of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) has been built using 35,000 pieces of meticulously
hand carved Italian Carrara marble and Indian Pink Sandstone, temple officials
BAPS said that it is first earthquake-proof Mandir in the world and is expected
to last for 1,000 years.
"The Mandir is a beautiful testament to the hard work of your congregation who
has spent several years to build this place of worship," Chino Hill Mayor Peter
"The Mandir and Cultural Center will indeed be a place that Chino Hills can be
proud of for so many, many generations," he said, at the temple's inauguration
on December 23.
Using cutting edge technology to protect it from earthquakes, the temple
encompasses five pinnacles, two large domes, four balconies, 122 pillars and 129
The 6,600 hand-carved motifs depict a mosaic of tales of inspiration, devotion
and dedication, along with historical figures from Hinduism, temple officials
"Artisans created the carvings in India with great love, skill and patience
before the pieces were shipped to Chino Hills," a BAPS statement said.
The Mandir is situated on a 20-acre site, complete with 91 foot lotus-shaped
reflection pond, a Cultural Centre, gymnasium and classrooms.
It is designed to "calm the mind and open it," said Ronak Patel, a volunteer of
the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
"The upper structure of the complex is protected from earthquake damage by
separating it from the base with a series of 40 base-isolator units," it said.
"The Mandir also uses a solar power system to generate electricity and reduce
adverse effects on the environment. The Mandir combines the best of traditional
stone art and architecture and the best of modern technology," said Divyesh
Patel, a member of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.