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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Robbinsville, New Jersey will be the Largest Hindu Temple in modern times.

World’s Largest Hindu Temple Being Built in New Jersey.

 BAPS, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, New Jersey, Robbinsville, World's Largest Hindu Temple in New Jersey

BAPS, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, New Jersey, Robbinsville, World’s Largest Hindu Temple in New Jersey

Hindu Existence Media Bureau | New Delhi | Re-posting: 8 August 2014::  The world’s largest Hindu temple is about to open in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan temple, known as a mandir, is a 162-acre complex which broke ground in 2009 and is set for completion in 2017.

According to The Times of India, 2,000 artisans in Rajasthan are hand-crafting the temples in Italian and Rajasthani marble. The finished pieces are then assembled in New Jersey by a team of master craftsmen.

The first phase of the project, The Great Prayer Hall — with seating for 1000 people — and Shikharbaddh Mandir temple will be inaugurated in August 2014.

Remaining construction includes a youth activity center, visitor’s center and food court, and a second, larger temple, the Great Akshardham Mandir, expected to be completed in 2017.

The current Guinness Book of World Records holder for the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple is the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, which sits on a 59-acre complex.

A special report update: In New Jersey’s Desi Central, a great Hindu temple rises:: TOI.

Spiritual leader His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj also holds the Guinness world record for creating and consecrating the most temples by one person — 713 temples in five continents between April 1971 and November 2007.

Courtesy: NBC News,  TOI & other links used here.

Related: One of World’s Largest Temples to be Inaugurated in New Jersey:: NDTV.

162-acre Akshardham coming up in New Jersey:: TOI.

$150 million Akshardham temple coming up in New Jersey:: The Amerian Bazar.

2 comments on “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Robbinsville, New Jersey will be the Largest Hindu Temple in modern times.

  1. bob crouch
    August 14, 2017

    THE BIBLE IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE

    For the Bible to be regarded as the inspired word of God, it must be scientifically accurate…since God would certainly know the facts about his creation. A word of caution, however, as we seek to evaluate the claim of scientific accuracy. Over time, science has often discovered new facts that confirmed a revised understanding of the truth, previously unknown. These discoveries have always been consistent with the Bible, however, at times a careful consideration of the words and (importantly) the context of the words must be made.

    The Bible is scientifically accurate and even contains enormous number of insights far in advance of their discovery by humans. In evaluating the Bible from a “scientific standpoint” we must keep in mind that the Bible is not a science textbook, it is a book to define human beings’ proper relationship with God. Therefore, one would not expect a great deal of discussion of science. However, as the summary below indicates, when there is a reference in it about a fact or nature, it is accurate, and in many cases there are insights provided thousands of years in advance of their understanding by science.

    The account of creation (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The account of creation as given in the Bible (Genesis 1) is accurate according to the steps understood by science. Written down originally by Moses, they were not fully recognized by science until the 1900s, using modern astronomy, physics, chemistry, paleontology, and geology.

    The hydrological cycle (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science: 1700s). The hydrologic cycle was first written about in the book of Job, about 3000 B.C. It states,

    He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down
    their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. (Job 36:27-28)

    In addition, Solomon described the hydrological cycle in about 935 B.C., saying,

    All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams from, there
    they return again (Ecclesiastes 1:7).

    Science, however, did not understand the hydrological cycle until Perrault and Marriotte correctly identified the process in the 1700s.

    The Earth hangs in empty space (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science:1543). Ancient cultures believed many things, yet virtually all thought of the earth as being some type of flat, unmovable object. Many myths were associated with the various beliefs. The Bible correctly indicated that the earth was suspended in space:

    He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing
    (Job 26:7, brackets in original).

    Science did not discover this until Copernicus in 1543.

    Air has weight (the Bible: 3000 B.C.; science: 1643). Although ancient people widely believed air to be weightless, the book of Job indicated that it in fact had weight:

    To establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure (Job 28:25).

    Torricelli, an Italian, discovered barometric pressure in 1643.

    Time, space and matter had a beginning (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1916). The Bible’s first words are “in the beginning.” And elsewhere, including the New Testament, there are references to the beginning of time (2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7). In 1915, Albert Einstein’s equations of general relativity proposed a beginning of time, matter and space. Later these equations were confirmed by repeated experiments.

    The first law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1842). The law of conservation of energy indicates that matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed (just converted). There are many biblical references to God’s completion (that is, there was no more creation), going as for back as Genesis (2:2-3), and also in several other books (Psalm 148:6; Isaiah 40:26; 2 Peter 3:3-7; Hebrews 4:3-4,10). Joule and Mayer both independently discovered this in the same year (1842), what is now known as the first law of thermodynamics.

    The second law of thermodynamics (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; Science: 1850). Commonly known as entropy, this law states that all things progress from a state of order to a state of disorder (within a closed system) without a purposeful input of energy. Common illustrations: things decay, springs unwind, stars burn out, heat dissipates, and materials become mixed over time. There are many references to the principle of entropy in the Bible, for example,

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of
    your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like garment
    (Psalm 102:25-26).

    Other similar references include Isaiah 51:6; Matthew 24:35; Romans 8:20-22; 1 John 2:17; and Hebrews 12:27. In 1850, Clausius discovered this second law of thermodynamics.

    The Earth is a sphere (the Bible: 700 B.C.; science 1543). Most of the world thought that the earth was flat until after the time of Copernicus in 1543. However, the Bible referenced the Earth in form of a “circle” (or implied it to be a sphere, using a broader definition of the original Hebrew word khug): He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers (Isaiah 40:22).

    The universe is expanding (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; science: 1916). The motion of the heavens is predicted by the general relativity equations first proposed by Albert Einstein and since confirmed many times. Experimental physicists, such as Edwin Hubble, verified the predicted expanding universe as early as the early 1900s. However, the Bible indicated that the universe is expanding far earlier than that. As early as about 1000 B.C.; the writer of Psalm wrote,

    He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent (verse 2).

    Many other verses indicate that the heavens were (and are being) stretched out by God (Job 9:8; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15; Zechariah 12:1)

    The stars are uncountable (the Bible: 600 B.C.; science: 1920s). Ancient people thought the stars were countable. In fact, in about 100 A.D., Ptolemy was actively cataloguing the stars, estimated to number 1100 at that time. Of course, modern science, starting in about the 1920s with new high powered telescopes, realized that the number of stars was in the billions. Later they recognized that there are about a billion galaxies, each with about a billion stars. However, the Bible recognized this when it proclaimed the stars “uncountable” in about 600 B.C.:

    I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before
    Me as countless as the stars of the sky (Jeremiah 33:22).

    The accuracy of the literal biblical statement can now be easily verified. If stars were ‘counted” at a rate of ten per second, it would take more than 100 trillion years to “count” the stars…which is clearly impossible.

    Global wind patterns (the Bible: 1000 B.C.; science 1960s). It took satellite technology to fully recognize the globe wind patterns that exist. However, the Bible indicated existence of such patterns in the book of Ecclesiastes, written by Solomon in about 1000 B.C.:
    The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course (1:6).

    Engineering of Noah’s ark (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1900s). The Bible defines the dimensions and building specifications for Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:15). Modern engineering has calculated that for a barge type design best-suited for rough seas, the design of Noah’s ark is optimum.

    Circumcision on the eighth day (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1947). No one really knows for sure why God specifically chose circumcision as the sign of his covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:11). Though it seems like an odd practice, research has indicated that it does have medical value. A study in the mid-1900s showed that Jewish women had a lower rate of cervical cancer. The smegma bacillus has been shown to be a major cause of cervical cancer. It can be easily carried in the foreskin of uncircumcised males and transferred to females through a abrasions of the cervix (as those occurring in childbirth).

    Interestingly, God specified that newborns be circumcised on the eighth day after childbirth (Genesis 17:12). Research shows that infants are particularly susceptible to hemorrhaging from the second day after birth to the fifth. A small cut can be deadly. Vitamin K, necessary for the production of prothrombin (the body’s blood-clotting substance) is not present sufficiently until days five through seven. It skyrockets to 110 percent of normal on day eight, and then levels off. The Bible specifies the best possible day.

    Quarantine (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1500s). When the Black Plague was killing much of Europe prior to the Renaissance, desperate nations turned to the Church for guidance. Germs and infections were not understood at the time. The clergy went back to the books of Moses for guidance and instituted the laws of Moses as taught to the Israelites, including those for dealing with infectious diseases like leprosy. Leviticus 13 stressed separating people with infectious disease from others. This, combined with the other laws of Moses, helped bring the Black Plague under control.

    Sterilization (the Bible: 1450 B.C.; science: 1800s). It is easy to take our understanding of germs and disease for granted. However, germs and sterilization were not understood until the time of Joseph Lister (1865), near the end of the Civil War. The Bible required sterilization for many things: infectious disease (Leviticus 13), childbirth (chapter 12), bodily discharges (chapter 15), and handling of the dead (Numbers 19).

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  2. wyan abo
    September 11, 2017

    What the Bible says about THE CHURCH:

    1. There is only one true church:
    • All believers have been baptized into one body 1 Cor. 12:13-20
    • Believers are one in body though they are many in number & diversity Rom. 12:4-8
    • Though it is difficult to understand (a mystery) all believers are of the Eph. 3:5-7
    Same body and follow the same Gospel
    • All believers are unique and especially joined together Eph. 2:10-22
    • All believers are one family in Jesus Gal. 3:26-29
    • All believers are spiritually one, just as Jesus and the Father are one John 17:11-13
    • All believers were designed by God to be one body Col. 3:15

    2. There is only one gospel message:
    • There is only one simple Gospel message which saves men 1 Cor. 15:1-14
    • The one simple Gospel message is frequently distorted II Cor. 11:3,4
    • Any message that alters the simple Bible gospel is false Gal. 1:8

    3. The true “Witnesses” are Witnesses of Jesus:
    • They practice an earth wide witness of Jesus Acts 1:8
    • Their message includes salvation in Jesus’ name Acts 4:12
    • Their message includes a confession of Jesus before man Luke 12:8,9
    • Their faith includes an experience of Jesus in their midst Matt. 18:20

    What the Bible says about FALSE DOCTRINES:

    • Perverting the Gospel Gal. 1:6,7
    • Deception of Satan II Cor. 11:13-15
    • Deceive many Matt. 24:5,25
    • Attract many II Peter 2:2
    • Covetous Titus 1:11
    • Love error II Tim. 4:3,4
    • Avoid Rom. 16:17,18
    • Test I John 4:1

    What the Bible says about the DEITY OF JESUS:

    1. FACT: The Bible reveals that Jesus is called God…
    • The Word was God John 1:1
    • Thomas said: “My Lord and My God” John 20:28
    • God the Father calls Jesus God Heb. 1:8
    • I AM – God’s name in the Old Testament Exodus 3:14
    • I AM – Before Abraham I AM John 8:58

    2. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus is Deity…
    • It was prophesied Isaiah 9:6
    • Acknowledged by Thomas John 20:18
    • Affirmed by the Apostles Rom. 9:5, Heb. 1:8
    • Acclaimed by witnesses John 1:14,18

    3. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus has the attributes of God the Father…
    • All Powerful Matt. 28:18
    • All Knowing Col. 2:3
    • Ever Present Matt 18:20
    • Eternal John 1:1,2,15

    4. FACT: The Bible teaches that Jesus is worshipped by…
    • The Old Testament saints Joshua 5-13-15
    • The Demons Mark 5:6
    • A certain blind man John 9:38
    • All Angels Heb. 1:6
    • The Disciples Matt. 28:17
    • The saints in glory Rev. 7:9,10
    • Mary Magdalene Matt. 8:9
    • Eventually, by everyone Phil 2:10, 11

    What the Bible says about The TRINITY:

    1. There is only one God:
    • The Lord our God is one Lord Deut. 6:4
    • There is no other god with Me, i.e.,as far as there being a god, Isaiah 43:10
    I am the only one in heaven
    • No God was formed before me or after me Isaiah 43:10
    • No God was formed before me or after me Isaiah 44:6
    • There is no other God Isaiah 44:6

    2. Yet each is called God:
    • Father Eph. 4:6; John 6:27
    • Son Heb. 1:8; Titus 2:13
    • Holy Spirit Acts 5:3,4

    3. Yet each is described as CREATOR:
    • Father Isaiah 44:24
    • Son John 1:1-3
    • Holy Spirit Job 33:4; 26:13

    4. Yet each is described as ETERNAL:
    • Father Psalms 93:2
    • Son Micah 5:2, Heb 1:8
    • Holy Spirit Heb. 9:14

    5. Yet each is described as INSPIRED:
    • Father II Tim. 3:16
    • Son I Peter 1:10-11
    • Holy Spirit II Peter 1:21

    6. Yet each is described as OMINIPRESENT:
    • Father Jer. 23:24
    • Son Matt. 28:20
    • Holy Spirit Psalms 139:7-10

    7. Yet each is described as OMNISCIENT:
    • Father Jer. 17:10
    • Son John 2:24
    • Holy Spirit I Cor. 2:10-12

    8. Yet each is described as OMNIPOTENT:
    • Father Matt. 19:26
    • Son Heb.1:3
    • Holy Spirit Rom. 15:19

    9. Yet each is described as HOLY:
    • Father Habak. 1:12
    • Son Acts 3:14
    • Holy Spirit John 14:26

    10. Yet each is described as RESURRECTED:
    • Father I Thess. 1:10
    • Son John 2:19-21
    • Holy Spirit Rom. 8:11

    11. Yet each is described as TRUTH:
    • Father I Thess. 1:9
    • Son John 14:6
    • Holy Spirit John 14:17

    12. Yet each is described as SANCTIFIYING the Believer:
    • Father John 10:29
    • Son Heb. 2:11
    • Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 6:11

    13. Yet each is described as PRESERVING the Believer to salvation:
    • Father John 10:29
    • Son John 10:28
    • Holy Spirit Eph. 4:30

    14. Yet each is described as being an INDWELLING PRESENCE:
    • Father Eph. 4:6, II Cor. 6:16
    • Son Col. 1:27; John 14:20
    • Holy Spirit I Cor 6:19; John 14:17

    15. Yet each is described as LEADING believers:
    • Father Deut. 32:12
    • Son I Cor. 10:1-4
    • Holy Spirit Isaiah 63:11-14

    16. Yet each DRAWS people to themselves:
    • Father John 6:44
    • Son I Cor. 12:3
    • Holy Spirit John 12:32

    God is one, and apart from Him there is no God. He exists simultaneously and eternally as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the author and initiator of love. Jesus Christ, the Son, is God in bodily form, a tangible expression of all the Father is, and the only way to eternal fellowship with the Father. The Holy Spirit imparts truth, convicts of sin, and turns individuals to Christ. As a person repents of sin and submits to Christ, the Spirit irrevocably indwells that person and places him or her into Christ’s Body, the Church.

    Many non-Christian Organizations teach that the relationship between the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit should somehow be understood by man. Since the Trinity cannot be understood by man, then it cannot explain the relationship within the Godhead. Of course, this is the point exactly: God’s nature is past finding out, His ways are unsearchable; etc. The nature of God is beyond full comprehension of man and that is why He is God! (See Rom. 11:33-36)

    For humans to be able to understand everything about God, they would have to have the very mind of God. There are several verses in the Bible that show human beings cannot possibly understand everything about God or His ways. For example:

    “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the
    heavens – what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave – what can you know? Their
    measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.” (Job 11:7-9)

    “ ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’ Declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens
    are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ “
    (Isaiah 55:8,9)

    Such verses make it clear that human reasoning has limitations. Finite minds cannot possibly understand all there is to know about an infinite being. Creatures cannot know everything there is to know about the sovereign Creator. Just as a young child cannot understand everything his father says, so also we as God’s children cannot understand all there is to know about our heavenly Father.

    • Did you know that discoveries in particle physics require that God exists in more than 10-Dimensions of space and
    time? (Yet we can experience and visualize only three)

    • Do you realize that the Bible clearly indicates that God is simultaneously singular and plural? (This is definitely possible in extra dimensions of space and time)

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