Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Gadhada (Devnagari: श्री स्वामिनारायण मन्दिर, गढडा) otherwise called shri Gopinathji Dev mandir is a Hindu sanctuary in Gadhada. This sanctuary was worked by Swaminarayan himself.
About Gopinathji Mandir
This sanctuary is one of six sanctuaries which was made under the management of ruler Swaminarayan. The land for developing this sanctuary in Gadhada, was given by the court of Dada Khachar in Gadhada. Dada Khachar and his family were enthusiasts of Swaminarayan. The sanctuary was made in the yard of his own living arrangement. The sanctuary work was arranged and executed straightforwardly under the discussion and direction of Swaminarayan. Swaminarayan regulated the development and furthermore assisted with the manual help in the development of the sanctuary, by lifting stones and mortar. This altar has two stories and three arches. It is decorated with carvings. The sanctuary is put on a high plinth is a roomy square and has a get together corridor with enormous dharamshalas and kitchens for religious zealots and travelers.
Ruler Swaminarayan had introduced the symbols in this sanctuary on 9 October 1828. Gopinath and Harikrishna in the center holy place, Dharmadeva and Bhaktimata and Vasudeva on the western sanctuary and Revti-Baldevji, Krishna and Suryanarayan in the eastern sanctum. The icon of harikrushna has body as same as Swaminarayan.
Lakshmiwadi (place of cremation of Swaminarayan) is situated a little away from the town. At Lakshmiwadi, a single dome temple has been constructed at the place of the funeral rituals of Swaminarayan’s mortal remains. A little ahead, there is one canopy where Swaminarayan used to sit and deliver the discourses, and just a little ahead, there is the room of Nishkulanand Swami, where he placed the palanquin prepared by him for Swaminarayan’s last journey. A neem tree faces this place, and on its western side, there is one more canopy where Swaminarayan celebrated ‘Sharadotsava.’
Besides the idols installed by Swaminarayan himself, the temple is a place of many memories of Swaminarayan. On the path of the worship circuit of the inner temple, there is the idol of Ghanshyam facing northward. This prasadi temple has prasadi items of Swaminarayan displayed in a museum at the temple.
On the southern side of the temple, there is a big neem tree and the chamber of Vasudeva where Swaminarayan gave several discourses which are recorded in the Vachanamrut scripture. The court of Dada Khachar has been preserved in its original form. On the backside, there is the Akshar Ordi temple and Gangajalio well.
Swaminarayan and his saints used to take a bath in the Ghela River. This river flows in the south side of the temple. There are prasadi river-beds – Narayan Dharo and Sahasra Dharo which Swaminarayan visited frequently. There are small temples of Neelkanth and Hanuman on the bank of the river.Other holy places are naliyeri dhar for hanuman temple[small mountain],bhakti baug and radhavav which are around 2 km from gadhada(swamina).