The Swaminarayan Museum is a museum in the Indian city of Ahmedabad
. It houses five thousand personal items of Swaminarayan, who is believed to be a manifestation of god in Swaminarayan Hinduism. It is a project undertaken to protect Swaminarayan's items of Prasadi (personal items) which can be viewed by all people for darshan.
This is the first ever project in the Swaminarayan Sampraday to create this unity in all of Swaminarayan's Prasadi items from temples all over the World
and will be a 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m sq) complex built on 30,000 square yards (25,000 m sq) with a total project cost of INR 10.5 Million. This museum is the dream of former Acharya Shree Tejendraprasadji Maharaj of the Narnarayan Dev Gadi.
The museum itself takes up 30,000 square feet (2,800 m sq). Another 35,000 square feet (3,300 m sq) houses an office and guest house. The museum uses an audio visual system to take people around the complex. Along with this there is a mini theatre to showcase the life and times of Swaminarayan and a library with rare resources to help researchers and provide them with information on Swaminarayan. A workshop has been constructed to take special care of all the artefacts and sell replicas.
The museum holds items such as Swaminarayan's writing scripts, everyday garments, ornaments, footprints, fragments of his hair, nails and many other items. What makes this place unique is that it houses the only existing writing scripts with the signature of Swaminarayan. This document is a power of attorney given by Swaminarayan to Thakur Kubersingh to enable the latter to handle a land dispute at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
, Ahmedabad. This document is the centrepiece of the museum.
The museum has been set up keeping in mind the environment. Solar and wind energy power this air-conditioned museum which has been planned with a green cover of three hundred trees surrounding the building. Rainwater harvesting is done using an underground reservoir. Windows are double glazed and insulated, along with two outer walls and an insulated ceiling to help maintain the internal temperature and save electricity. Instead of bricks, fly ash blocks have been used for the structure.