Something of a pilgrimage from downtown, this massive, shimmering Hindu temple was constructed of Turkish limestone, Indian pink stone and more than 24,000 pieces of marble hand-carved by artisans in India and imported in container ships. It sets out to be—and is—a place of spiritual contemplation for people of all religions. But it’s also a work of art. Consider the small museum a bonus, rather than an integral part of the experience. Sections of the mandir close for rituals throughout the day, so be prepared to wait a bit to take in the whole site.
|Venue name:||BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Heritage Museum|
61 Claireville Dr
|Cross street:||Hwy 407 and Finch Ave W|
|Opening hours:||Daily 9:00am–6:30pm with closures of some areas throughout the day for rituals and offerings|
|Transport:||Bus 96B Wilson from Wilson Subway Station|
|Price:||Free to the mandir; museum admission by donation|