life. During my visit to Atlanta last week, my friend, Camilla Arthur, took me to
see my mother. Leaving Lawrenceville, she insisted we make a stop in
Lilburn to visit an incredible Hindu temple that absolutely took my breath away.
It was bitterly cold so we did not do an inside tour but drove about the perimeter,
in awe, marveling at its beauty.
A mandir is a Hindu place of worship - a center of cultural, spiritual, and social
life - a place of peace. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir opened in August,
2007 - the result of 1.3 million volunteer hours, built in only 17 months. It is
comprised of Turkish limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink
sandstone. More than 34, 000 pieces were handcarved in India and reconstructed
in Lilburn, a beautiful part of "the country of my heart" in the state of my birth.
To learn more about this incredible Hindu temple, visit their website at:
http://atlanta.baps.org/index.html. It would be well worth a visit if you are in the
Atlanta, Georgia area.