In the southwest side of central part of the temple, one can see Hari Mandap, which was residence of Shree Hari(Just Like Akshar Auradi in Gadhpur). Lord Swaminarayan had got his residence constructed here, which is called 'Hari Mandap'. this place is ideal for contemplation or meditation is solitude. Lord swaminarayan used to sit here in meditation and asked the saits to meditate at this place. When someone asked, "O Lord , why should one meditate here only?" to READ MORE
The Swaminarayan Sampraday began as the Uddhav Sampraday and was led by Ramanand Swami. In 1799, Swaminarayan, then known as Neelkanth Varni, was initiated into the Uddhav Sampraday as an ascetic (Sadhu) by his guru, Ramanand Swami, and given the name "Sahajanand Swami". At the age of 21, Neelkanth Varni was given the leadership of the sect known as Uddhav Sampraday with the blessings of Ramanand Swami, who handed him control of the religious diocese shortly before his death. Fourteen days after Ramanand Swami died, Neelkanth Varni, now known as Sahajanand Swami, held a large gathering of followers at the town of Faneni. It was during this meeting that Swaminarayan introduced what he termed "the father of all Mantras", and then he was known as Swaminarayan. It should be noted that there was no swami who he had appointed his successor or as an ideal devotee at that time. The name refers wholly and solely to one entity, Swaminarayan. Thereafter the name "Swaminarayan Sampraday" came into existence
Swaminarayan (3 April 1781 - 1 June 1830),also know as Sahajanand Swami, is the central figure in amodern sect of Hinduism known as the Swaminarayan Faith.Swaminarayan Hinduism,also known as the swaminarayan faith or the swaminarayan sect,is a modern tradition in the Vaishnava denomination of hinduism, in which followers offer devotion to and worship Swaminarayan as the Supreme manifestation of God.
Since its origin, Swaminarayan Hinduism has been noted by its preservation of Gujarati cultural and linguistic traditions, devotion to the personality of Swaminarayan as supreme god, dedication to social service and a strict ethical code including uncompromising segregation of the genders.
The Swaminarayan Sampraday has its roots in the Vedas. It follows the Vaishnava tradition and to its followers represents a form of Hinduism. The faith focuses on salvation through total devotion (or bhakti) to the God developed through virtues (dharma), spiritual wisdom (gnana) and detachment (vairagya). The Swaminarayan Sampraday is devotion-focused and advocates God within the disciplines of virtues. Swaminarayan propagated a philosophy called Vishistadvaita, which says that God is supreme, has a divine form, is the all-doer and is completely independent. He simply stated that souls (jiva) never merge or dissolve into God and neither are they part of God, but are always subservient to God. Redemption consists in the realisation of ekantik dharma, comprising righteousness, right knowledge, detachment and devotion to that God.
The Swaminarayan Sampraday aims to consolidate characters in society, families and individuals by mass motivation and individual attention, through elevating projects for all, irrespective of class, creed, color and country. The organization believes that the hallmark of the Swaminarayan devotee is that he or she devoutly begins the day with pooja and meditation, works or studies honestly, and donates regular hours in serving others. Swaminarayan's lifetime objective for the organisation was to establish a permanent system of achieving the ultimate redemption from the cycle of life and death (aatyantik kalyaan).
Most honorable H.H 1008 Acharya Maharaj Shree Viharilalji Maharaj had accumulated the garments, ornaments, rails, hair, footprints of lord swaminarayan and other articles graced by the Lord Himself. These have been preserved in one place at vadtaldham in south of temple, this place is called Akshar Bhuvan today. On the First floor of the building there is the idol of Shri Ghanshyam Maharaj in standing position and all the divine objects (prasadi) are displayed around the idol. On the other side of pradakshina (going round clock-wise) there is the chariot (Rath) of Shriji Maharaj an READ MORE
Of all the holy meeting pandals(Mandap) in Swaminarayan fellowship no other one is as large and as decorative as the pandal at vadtal. Lord Swaminarayan used to hold devotee's meeting in the backyard of the temple. The great saint Sadguru Shree Pavitranandji Swami in Vikram Samvat 1925, under the instruction of the second Acharya H.H. Bhagawatprasadji Maharaj , got the majestic wooden building construction, especilly for sermon - listening and hymn - chanting saint - devotee gatherings. The design of the construction follows vastu shastra and is made after sta READ MORE
On reaching vadtal one can realize the peaceful - meditative atmosphere on the sacred soil of gyan baug, which offers the coolness and serenity like that of vrindavan by its mango orchards. This is the place where shree hari had organized assemblies and gathering - festivals for devotees. Lord Swaminarayan used to sit here on the dais to offer darshan and to deliver sacred sermons. This place preserves the 12 - arched stone monument to commemorate his question-answer sessions with devotees to bring out profound religious meanings. This place is a prasadi's place because it inc READ MORE
THE HOLY PLACE WHERE ACHARAYAS WERE INSTALLED Supreme Lord Swaminarayan had taken three major decisions for easy flourishment of the holy fellowship, of which one was that of establishing a tradition of consecrating the chief on the cardinal seat of religion who would be able to initiate people into the part of liberation through faith and devotion for future generation. Lord swaminarayan declared his decision the saints but as they were ascetic - minded they expressed unwillingness for the high seat and insisted on appointing the person form ancestral dynasty and family line of shri hari - Rampratapji's son A READ MORE
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Vadtal, the head quarter of Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi. This temple contains three main shrines. Among which the central shrine is consecrated by installing the idols of Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev. On the right of this, the idols of Shri Radha Krishna accompanied with Supreme Lord Shri Swaminarayan in the form of Shri HariKrishna Maharaj are installed and on the left of Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev the idols of Shri Vasudev, Shri Dhamapita and Bhaktimata are installed. These idols in the temple were installed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan on 3rd November 1824, amidst the holy chants of Vedic hymns and devotional fervor of the installation ceremony.
The temple in Vadtal, also known as Vadtal Swaminarayan. This temple having lotus shaped plinth is a rare architectural specimen. The nine domes on the temple adores the elevation of the temple. The temple was got constructed under the able guidance of Sadguru Shree Brahmanand Swami. The pillars of the temple bear colorful stone carvings. The construction-work was completed within just fifteen months by the grace of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The walls of the temple are decorated with colorful representations from the Ramayana.