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One day, I had picked up my brother in Chino Hills and on the way home, I just happen to saw this huge temple on the side of the 71 freeway. Funny thing is when my brother saw it, he turned to me and said,”You’re going to take Stacey here, huh?” I laughed and said “yes, I probably will since I know she loves temples.”
So 5 days later, I told her I want to take her somewhere as a surprise. She jokingly asked,”This isn’t a date right?” Anyway, I told her that there are strict rules, so wearing socks and sleeved shirt are required. Naturally, she thought of a temple because of the rules.
When we finally arrived to the temple, Stacey was very excited and intrigued of this beautiful temple. She eagerly got out of the car and readily got her camera to snap away.
The details of the design for the outside of the temple is amazing but just wait until you actually reached inside. Unfortunately, no photography or videography were allowed inside the mantir/ temple. When we entered inside the temple, we were just in awe. Everything was covered in white marble and felt like we actually walked into a mirror maze. The details inside the temple were just breathtaking, literally. Stacey described as if we had walked into heaven, because it is so white. You really would have to come and see it for yourself.
Downstairs, they offered an exhibition based on their religion and tradition, as well as how this temple was set up. We have learned a lot about the history. Overall, we spent about two hours exploring this temple.
Hope this is enough to convince you to check out this hidden gem. It is deafinitely worth it. However if you do come, there are rules that you need to be aware of.
As you can see, the surprise was a success 🙂 So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Center
15100 Fairfield Ranch Road,
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Tel: (909) 614-5000
Fax: (909) 614-5050
9:00 am to 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (last entry at 6:30pm)
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays:
9:00 am to 7:00 pm (last entry at 6:30pm)
Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.