Vadtal Shree Swaminarayan Mandir

Moon, Vishnu



Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal headquarters of the Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi are located in this temple in Vadtal. There are three main shrines in the temple the central shirne of this temple is that of Lakshmi Narayan and RanchodRaiji. On the right there is an image of Radha Krishna with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna and the left has Vasudev, Dharma and Bhakti. The wooden pillars of the temple bear colourful wood carvings. There is a dharamsala within the temple premises. Gnyanbaug is a garden to the northwest of the temple gate that has four memorials dedicated to Swaminarayan.
The town of Vadtal is also known as Vadtal Swaminarayan. The temple here is in the shape of a lotus, with nine domes in the inner temple. The land for this shrine was donated by Joban Pagi, a dacoit converted into a devotee by Swaminarayan. The temple was ordered by swaminarayan and constructed under the supervision of S.G. Shri.Brahmanand Swami.

Devotees from Vadtal had gone to God Shreeji Maharaj on the day of Nirjala Ekadashi to meet him in Gadhada. On the next day – the twelfth day of the bright half of Jyestha – they requested to Swaminarayan to construct a Shri Krishna Mandir in Vadtal. God Shreeji Maharaj commanded his disciple S.G Shri. Brahmanand Swami to temporarily leave the construction of the Muli temple and proceed with a team of saints to plan and supervise the construction of Vadtal temple. The construction of this temple was completed within 15 months and the idols of Shri Laxminarayan Dev were installed by Swaminarayan himself on 3 November 1824, amidst chants of vedic hymns and devotional fervor of the installation ceremony. In the middle of the temple, he installed the idols of Shri. Laxminarayan dev and Shri. Ranchhodji. To the right, there are the idols of Shri. Dharmdev and Shri. Bhaktimata and Shri. Vasudev. and to the left, Swaminarayan installed the idols of Shri. RadhaKrishna Dev and Shri. Harikrishna Maharaj.

Besides the Gods sitting in the central temple, in the left wall of the worship-place, were installed the form of Dakshinavart Shankh (Southern-sea conch) and Shaligrama (icon of Vishnu) and in the inner dome, there are the stone-idols of the ten incarnations of god, besides the idols of Vishnu resting on the seat of Sheshnaag (heavenly snake).

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