BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Nairobi is a Hindu sanctuary in Nairobi, Kenya. In spite of the fact that there were sanctuaries in Africa before this, it is the main conventional stone and marble Hindu sanctuary to be developed on the African landmass and was worked by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a global Hindu association having a place with the Swaminarayan confidence of Hinduism. It was opened on August 29, 1999 by Pramukh Master Maharaj, the otherworldly pioneer of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
The Mandir was structured by the old Hindu shilpa shastras and is produced using 350 tons of yellow sandstone from Jesalmer mined from Rajasthan, India. The stone was mined and moved to Pindwada, somewhere in the range of 400 km to Jesalmer where it was hand-cut by 150 specialists. Following two years of cutting work, the pieces were transported to Mombasa, Kenya and collected in Nairobi like a mammoth three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
The inside of the Mandir is extraordinary in that it is produced using complicatedly cut wood. Most conventional Hindu sanctuaries have stone insides however this BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir utilizes indigenous lumber from East Africa, for example, camphor, mahogany, mvule, Mt. Elgon teak and meru oak. This was traded to India and cut by around 250 experts.
The Mandir comes total with shikhars (apexes), sthambhas (columns) and ghummats (vaults). A group from Kenya visited a portion of the renowned sanctuaries and landmarks in Rajasthan, Kerala and somewhere else in India before the sanctuary configuration was settled.
Contiguous the Mandir is BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Haveli. The Haveli, a social complex, is an enormous structure which involves a Petition Corridor, Kitchen, Eating Lobby, Concourse, Get together Lobby, Managerial Workplaces, Recreation center, Dispensary, Youth Lobby and an Inside for social administrations.
On June 27, 2000, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was granted The Compositional Relationship of Kenya’s Thousand years Grant for Greatness in Design.