Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) community has opened a huge Hindu temple in Atlanta on a 29 acre site, which is the largest in the US. BAPS is known for its traditional hand-carved stone Hindu temples, and for its social work and humanitarian services offered around the world.
The white temple is Built at a cost of $19 million in the Lilburn suburb of Atlanta, USA.
The temple is built from marble, limestone and sandstone and are designed to last more than 1,000 years. Their stones interlock; no nails, screws or other metal that one day could corrode are used in construction.
More than 34,000 stones — including more than 2,000 hand-carved figurines were shipped from India. The heaviest weighed 8 tons (7.3 metric tons). Upon their arrival, volunteers spent 17 months fashioning the stone into a temple that regularly will host a congregation of about 500.
It took 1.5 years for hundreds of craftsmen to construct the structure, etched with intricate carvings. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has three other temples in North America – in Houston, Chicago and Toronto.
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