Tuesday 18 September 2018 | Bhadarva Sud 9, Samvat 2074

Tue 18 Sep 2018

Construction of the new temple
Construction of the new temple

As the years passed, the number of disciples in Nairobi increased and the temple and social hall on Grogan Road / Kirinyaga Road could not cater for all the needs of the religious, educational and social activities held at those premises. There was a dire need for a larger temple complex. The search for a larger plot of land began and with the divine blessings of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Acharya Swamishree, a suitable plot of land was purchased in the Parklands area, between 1st and 2nd Parklands Avenue.

On Sunday 20 December 1998, Acharya Swamishree laid the foundation stone at the new temple site. Soon thereafter, work began to create the new temple complex. Disciples were excited and enthusiastic about the new temple project and offered donations, in the form of money, construction materials, construction machinery, labour force and technical expertise in the field of construction and project management.

Construction of H.H. Swamibapa Hall
Construction of H.H. Swamibapa Hall
Murti pratishtha ceremony at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi on 26th December 2000
Murti pratishtha ceremony at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi on 26th December 2000

The work was completed in December 2000 at an estimated cost of Ksh.250 million and the magnificent temple, ‘Swamibapa Religious and Cultural Centre’, was officially opened by Acharya Swamishree in December 2000. A grand festival was held to celebrate this wonderful occasion. Acharya Swamishree performed the installation of the divine Murtis of Lord Swaminarayan, Jeevanpran Shree Abji Bapashree and Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa.

 
Finale during the Murti Pratishtha Celebrations
Finale during the Murti Pratishtha Celebrations

The new temple is regarded as being an architectural masterpiece. It has a an enormous, fully carpeted Prayer Hall, Social Activities Hall, houses Swamibapa Education Centre, has space for ample parking, residential flats, beautiful gardens, a cricket and volleyball pitch for the youth activities, and a walking area for the elderly.

 
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Nairobi