Hindu Temple Essay

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My site visit report was conducted on the BAPS Hindu Temple (Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) in Lilburn, Georgia. Not only was my visit a visual learning experience, it was also a mini vacation into a different world. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine such a beautiful and ornate religious structure existing within driving distance of my house. Ironically before this assignment was given, I traveled to the BAPS Hindu Temple with my family on what was supposed to be a “surprise visit to a place we had never been before”, according to my mother. I expected to go to lunch, visit a new state park or go out shopping in a new boutique, but I never guessed what I later saw as one of the most beautiful structures made by man. My sister and I piled into the car oblivious to the magnificent images we were about to experience with our own two eyes and willingly trusted our mother in her plan to astound and educate her two daughters in a way that would never be forgotten. I returned to BAPS for my site visit report for this class in order to further experience the Hindu faith after my initial visit, and to also go back to the magical place I so adored. When first entering the gates of BAPS, one can already begin to gather it is a place that is revered as holy. Gold adornes the hand-carved five million dollar marble Hindu sanctuary with flags atop every highly elevated structure. A smiling face greets you as you enter the cast iron gates inquiring about your visit entering into what many would proclaim as an eastern paradise. After parking our car, my mother, grandmother, sister and I walked up to the mandir in reverence and awe. The architecture of this ornate holy structure very much resembles famous pictures of the Akshardham Mandir in New Delhi or the Khajuraho Mandir in Madhya, India. Unlike other Hindu temples overseas, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir here in Lilburn,

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