we've been there a couple of times and i always find something different to marvel at that i hadn't noticed before. it's very possible to lose 10-15min just staring at the mind-blowingly intricate details on a single carved wooden panel.
keep in mind, you are in a place of meditation and worship - there are rules to observe:
first, shoes off! you don't walk in and dirty up the place with your shoes - remove them and leave them in a cubby at the door (no, they're not going to get stolen).
no loud talk - and considering the way the place is built, sound carries incredibly so... just don't talk. you don't need to anyway - the outside is spectacular but the interior is breath-taking.
no exposed arms or legs - that means no tank tops, no belly tops, no shorts, and no short skirts. if you don't like it, too bad. their house, their rules.
no photos inside - check the camera at the door. doesn't matter - unless you have really good equipment, you won't get much detail because of the tightness of the carving and the way the light gets bounced around.
do not let these conventions of another culture stop you - be respectful and you are in for a spirtually and culturally enriching experience.
about the building: it's the first (and as far as i know, only) building of its kind in canada - a typical construction has a frame built of wood or steel that is wrapped inside and out to form the interior and exterior. in other words, a "stone church" in canada is usually a steel framework that is sheathed with stone facing. this build IS stone - inside, outside, top to bottom. built using building techniques that were ancient when the earth was flat, the temple is essentially a giant stone bell.
the church was built without a single dollar of taxpayer money or government funding - the entire cost was raised by the east indian community. artisans were brought over from india - artisans from families who have been in the industry for generations - to do the work on site ***by hand (!!!)*** while other work was commissioned from experts in india. the entire structure was built according to strict vedic traditions.
the gardens outside are tranquil and glorious.
the festivals held here are sumptuous and magnificent.
have you ever thought of visiting india? if you're not sure, please visit the Mandir - it will give you a little taste of what to expect.
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