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During Lord Swaminarayan’s lifetime, He had six temples constructed.he following Six(6) temples were built in the presence of Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan about 170 years ago and temples are located in the State of Gujarat, India. He installed the Murtis by Himself in these 6 temples as listed below.

Ahmedabad, Shree Nar-Narayan Dev

History: The English Collector invited Lord Swaminarayan at Ahmedabad, gave Him a warm welcome and presented land for temple. Lord constructed a huge temple by the great Saint Anandanand Swami. Lord Swaminarayan installed the images of Lord Nar and Narayan in Vikram Samvat year 1878 on the third day of the bright half of the month of Falgun (Sud 3), on Monday, February 24, 1822 A.D.

All the Saints and thousands of devotees were assembles, Lord Said, “On this auspicious occasion, we should feed the Brahmins of Ahmedabad and all the surrounding areas. There were about 60,000 Brahmins.

The leading Brahmins were called upon and ivited all the Brahmins of Ahmedabad and the surrounding villages for next day at dinner. The Brahmins said, “There is no preparations, there is no foodgrains, how will you feed us?” Lord said, “You concerned with the dinner only not with the cooking materials. If I can’t feed, I’ll be disgraced.” They agreed.

At the time of cooking, the Brahmins saw the heaps of all the cooking materials and huge utensils full of ghee, oil, etc. They all were fed forcibly. All were very much astonished.

Bhuj, Shree Nar-Narayan Dev

History: The devotees of Kutchh-Bhuj, Shree Gangaram Mull, Sudarji Sutar and Hirji Sutar etc., requested Lord Swaminarayan to construct a temple at Bhuj. Lord Swaminarayan got it constructed by great Saint Vaishnavanand Swami and installed there also the images of Lord Nar Narayan in Vikram Samvat year 1879 on the fifth day of bright half of the month of Vaishakh (Sud 5), on Friday, May 15, 1823 A.D.

Vadtal, Shree Laxmi-Narayan Dev

History: By the request of Joban Pagi, Kuberbhai Patel, Ranchhodbhai Patel, Narayan Giri etc., the devotees of Vadtal, Lord Swaminarayan got constructed a huge temple by Brahmanand Swami and Aksharanand Swami and installed LaxmiNarayan in the middle, Dharmadev, Bhaktimata and Vasudev in the northern side, adhaKrishna and an image of His own named Harikrishna in the southern side in Vikram Samvat year 1881 on the twelth day of the bright half of the month of Kartik (Sud 12), on Thrusday, November 3, 1824 A.D.

Dholera, Shree Madan-Mohanji Maharaj

History: By the request of Poojaji Darbar of Dholera, Lord Swaminarayan got constructed a temple by Nishkulanand Swami and Adbhutanand Swami and installed Madan Mohanji in Vikram Samvat year 1882 on the thirteenth day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakh (Vad 13), on Saturday, May 19, 1826 A.D.

Junagadh, Shree Radha-Raman Dev

History: On the land presented by Jinabhai (Hemantsingh) Darbar of Panchala, Lord Swaminarayan got constructed a huge temple at Junagadh by great Saint Brahmanand Swami and installed Radha, Ramandev, Ranchhodji, Trikamji and Siddheshwar Mahadev with Parvati Devi in Vikram Samvat year 1884 on the second day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakh (Vad 2), on Friday, May 1, 1828 A.D.

Gadhada, Shree Gopinaathji Maharaj

History: By the request and deep love of Dadakhachar and his two elder sisters Jaya (Jivuba) and Lalita (Laduba), Lord Swaminarayan stayed at Gadhada for 25 years making it as the center of His divine mission. On the very same place, by their request, Lord Swaminarayan got constructed a huge temple under His own supervision or the supervision of Viraktanand Swami in His absence. In the middle temple, He installed Gopinathji and Radhikaji, in the western side Dharmadev, Bhaktimata and Vasudev, in the eastern side Suryanarayan (the Sun God). All were installed in Vikram Samvat year 1885 on the twelth day of the bright half of the month of Ashwin (Aaso Sud 12), on Saturday, October 9, 1828 A.D.

The idol of Gopinathji was engraved by Narayanji Mistry completely fit to Lord’s bosy in every respect. Narayanji used to measure Lord’s body very often. Lord was not steady at gadhada. So, Lord gave him television power, so that he could see Lord in front of him even if He might be hundreds of miles away. When the idol was ready, Lord absorbed in it and said, “it is quite fit and appropriate to my bosy.” Lord Himself had done too much physical labor work in the construction of this

Temple by carrying bricks and rocks from the bank of Ghela river to the temple site.

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