Edison, NJ – The grand inauguration of the new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Edison took place on August 17 and 18. The inauguration was a culmination of events, held over nine days. The Mandir, located at 2500 Woodbridge Avenue, will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 4 p.m. -8 p.m. Daily arti will be at 7:00 am and 6:30 pm.
“The inauguration of the Mandir is a dream come true for thousands of devotees,” said, Himanshu Patel, a lead volunteer for the Mandir. “More than 100,000 hours were put in by volunteers for the timely completion of the construction,” he said.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir includes youth classrooms, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall to host the weekly Satsang or spiritual assemblies.
The original BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Edison was inaugurated in 1991, according to the Mandir. However, with the growth of devotees coming to the Mandir, there was a need for a new building.
The new Mandir, three stories with a mezzanine floor, totals 150,000 sq. ft. and was built at the same site that the prior Mandir existed. According to Mandir officials, the new construction utilized an assortment of eco-friendly and cost-effective technologies, including natural lighting techniques, and LED lights to help reduce its carbon footprint.
“If one word could sum up the construction of this Mandir, it would be sacrifice. It was, indeed, the dedication, service, effort, and sacrifice of hundreds of volunteers from doctors to lawyers to engineers to architects who completed this Mandir,” said Director of Construction Rakesh Patel. “Whether it was raining or sweltering outside, volunteers did everything from heavy-duty labor to planning and execution of the smallest thing for making this Mandir,” he said.