About the temple
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir located at Gadhada was constructed by Lord Swaminarayan. This temple is among the six temples which were constructed under the guidance of Lord Swaminarayan. The land on which Swaminarayan temple stands was endowed by the court of Dada Khachar in Gadhada. Dada Khachar and his entire family were ardent devotees of Lord Swaminarayan. The temple was constructed in the courtyard of Dada Khachar’s residence. The temple work was designed and executed under the consultation and supervision of Lord Swaminarayan. He not only supervised the construction work but also offered his service in the construction of the temple, by lifting mortar and stones. Lord Swaminarayan had installed the idols of Gopinath and Harikrishna in the middle shrine, idols of Revti-Baldevji, Shri Krishna and Suryanarayan in the eastern shrine and idols of Dharma, Bhakti and Vasudeva in the western shrine. These idols were installed on 9th October 1928. The temple's spires were plated with gold in May 2012. This was the first temple in Gujarat with golden spires.
It was a dream of Lord Swaminarayan's to build a temple on the hilltop. The two levelled temple has three domes. The temple is adorned with carvings and is placed on a high plinth. The temple has an assembly hall with Dharamshalas and kitchens for devotees. The temple has many memories of Lord Swaminarayan. The inner shrine houses the idol of Ghanshyamji facing towards the north. Swaminarayan temple has memorabilia of Lord Swaminarayan which are displayed in a museum at the temple. A big Neem tree stands on the southern side of the temple. The discourses delivered by Lord Swaminarayan are recorded in the Vachanamrut scripture.
The history of this temple goes back to the era when Shastri Maharaj had desired to build a temple on the hillock while bathing in the holy river Ghela. He had immense faith in Lord. He tried to buy land in Gadhada but failed. After the independence of India when the state of Bhavnagar came under the jurisdiction of the central government, the collector of Bhavanagar Govindsingh Chudasama helped him in acquiring the land to construct the temple. The foundation stone was laid and the huge temple of white marble was inaugurated in May 1951. The images were installed by Yogiraj Maharaj.
Festival and celebrations
The temple celebrated all the major Hindu festivals including Hindola Utsav, Shree Krishna Janmastm,I Annaku,t Diwali, Tulsi vivah, Dhanurmaas, Vasant Panchmi, Phooldol Utsav - Shree NarNarayan Dev Jayanti, Holi, Ramnavmi, Rath Yatra, Guru Poornima and Raksha Bandhan.
How to Reach
By Road: Gadhada is well connected by roads to all the major towns of Gujarat. Regular bus service and private cars available for Gadhada.
By Train: The closest railway station is Botad or Ningala which lies on the Ahmedabad –Bhavanagar route.
By Air: The nearest airport to reach Gadhada is located at Ahmedabad.