Swaminarayan Museum is among the most revered travel spot in Gujarat. The museum has been established to preserve and exhibit the personal belongings and prasadis of Shri Swaminarayan. Every year people from various parts of India and around the world come here to view these sacred items and to know about many unknown facts about the Swami. The architectural style of the museum represents perfect integration of spiritual and artistic values. The museum is under the supervision of Swaminarayan Mandir in Kalupur.
The most essential exhibit and the chief attraction of the museum is the manuscript of Swaminarayn which is the private property of Tejendra Prasadji Maharaj. It is actually the power of attorney document that was issued by the Swami to his follower and it bears the endorsement of the British office of that time. It contains the original handwriting of the Swamy and is exhibited for public display in the museum’s main hall. The other attractions comprise of nails and hair fragments, silver toothpicks, footprints, malas, vessels and other personal items of Swaminarayan. The museum also comes with auditorium to depict various events into the life of Swaminarayan. There is a library in this museum that help researches to obtain many useful information about the deity. Visitors do have the option to stroll in the surrounding areas to refresh their mind.
The museum was established in the year of 2011 to fulfill the dream of Shri Tejendra Prasadjhi Maharaj. The idea of this museum was conceived by him quite a long time back. The museum consists of exhibits that traces back to beyond 225 years. The museum and its windows have been constructed using the blocks of fly ash. The structure also comprises of underground reservoir for storing rain water. The surrounding land of the museum is covered with green plants to offer calm environment for the visitors. The museum campus has loading and boarding facilities for overseas visitors. All these factors have made the museum an important place to visit in the state.
Where is it located?
This landmark museum is located in the Naranpura area of Ahmedabad city occupying an area of about 25,000 sq km. It is about 490 km from nearest rail station of Nashik in Maharashtra via NH8 and NH848.