The Swaminarayan Temple at Kalupur, Ahmedabad was the first temple of the sect. It was built in 1822 under the direction of the sect leader, Swaminarayan who received the land as a gift from the British in appreciation of his efforts.
The temple complex makes extensive use of Burmese teak through highly colorful intricate carvings. The Swaminarayan religious communities are the most welcoming community in Ahmedabad alongside the Muslim community.
The pictures in this video are from my Ahmedabad Heritage book project for the book ‘Ahmedabad: Glimpses of India’s First World Heritage City.’
The daily heritage walk for the city starts each morning from this temple complex. It is a highly recommended walk.