Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
is a new temple complex in Bhuj. It is a Swaminarayan Temple
that comes under the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi of the Swaminarayan Sampraday.An Earthquake on 26 January 2001 shattered most parts of the city of Bhuj (Kutch
District), including the original Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Bhuj built by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in 1824.
To replace this, the new temple is built of only marble and gold. The throne for the idol of Swaminarayan, the temple domes and doors are made of gold whiles the pillars and ceilings are made of marble.The original central deity images of Nar Narayan and Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna were moved from the old temple to the new one along with those of Radha Krishna, Swaminarayan in the form of Ghanshyam and Sukh Shaiya and others.The new temple is being built at a cost of 1 billion Indian rupees (100 crore) on 5 acres (20,000 m sq) of land. Made in marbe, intricate carvings adorn the pillars and ceiling of the most expensive temple built in the Indian state of Gujarat
A large number of people to attended the opening ceremony of the temple including a people from overseas, including from United Kingdom
and various parts of Africa
. According to an estimate by a member of the Bhuj Hoteliers' Association, as of October 2009, 75% of the hotel rooms in Bhuj had been booked for the period during which the opening ceremony is scheduled to take place.To manage influx of vehicles, Jubilee ground and Khasda ground, the two biggest grounds in Bhuj will be used for parking arrangements.Temple authorities are expecting around 500,000 (5 lakh) visitors during this period.