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Visit The Breathtaking Hindu Temple In Houston

Colby Smith Colby Smith

Visit The Breathtaking Hindu Temple In Houston

Save on a trip to India with a visit to this traditional Hindu Temple In Houston.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston is a marvelous 11,500-foot traditional Hindu Temple in Strafford. On grounds that expand over 33 acres, the place of worship welcomes all to visit, offer devotion, and learn about Hinduism. [Featured image: @payalpatel819]

Inaugurated in July 2004, the temple — or Mandir — in Strafford was the first one of its kind in North America. Today, it remains as the largest Mandir in all of Texas.

The Mandir consists of over 33,000 separate pieces that were HAND-CARVED from Italian marble and Turkish limestone by over 2,400 artisans in India. These pieces were shipped and assembled in Texas in a process that took less than two years.

Its Mandir design was based on strict ancient Hindu scripture, with architecture meant to inspire and elevate the soul. As you enter under an austere white gate, you come upon a long reflection pool surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. The temple itself features a series of spires, domes, and arches; its walls intricately carved with images of deities, flowers, animals, and geometric designs. Within the entire structure, foundation included, there is not a single piece of iron or steel.

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Additionally, the Hindu temple features a culture center, or haveli, which acts as an exhibition center for those interested in learning more about the greater beliefs, people, and cultural impacts of Hinduism. It also regularly holds cultural events, celebrations, and other festivities throughout the year. That schedule can be found here.

FYI: While the temple is open to the public, it does require that visitors wear respectful clothing. This excludes shorts, tank tops, and skirts shorter than knee length. Visitors must also remove their shoes before entering the temple.

Visit the soul of India in the heart of Houston at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston!

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