Everywhere you look at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is hand carved marble.
The columns, the fence posts, the secondary buildings and the Mandir… inside and out… are covered with hand carved stone. And when we visited, we sat and watched the craftsmen make repairs with the sander and delicate tools, for quite a long time.
It was pretty easy to see that we were in the right place, so we drove around until we found an entrance and found a parking spot in the lot.
We walked around the property, just trying to take in the scale of this place.
We were wrapped in jackets, but the rules also say that clothing must cover shoulders and knees (and wraps are provided). Also, the rules say that photography is allowed outside, but not inside the Mandir. Cell phones must also be switched off.
We stood at the side of the Mandir and watch the amazing work. The craftsmen waved and were happy to have an enthusiastic audience.
As we were watching the carving, a Christian high school came in with the tour guide and learned about the Mandir. We listened for a while and then headed back outside.
If your kids can take a hand for a few minutes, I encourage you to visit the Mandir as well. (And if you are still in a wild-run-and-touch-everything-stage wait a month or a year and then go to the Mandir. It will be there.)
See more pictures below and go HERE to learn more about BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston!