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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Heritage Museum

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Photograph: Courtesy BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Heritage Museum

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.

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Venue name: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and Heritage Museum
Contact:
Address: 61 Claireville Dr
Toronto

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
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