Gujarat's first golden temple

RAJKOT: Gujarat is all set to get its first 'Golden Temple'. Barely 125 km from Ahmedabad, the Gopinathji Dev Mandir, popularly known as Gadhada Swaminarayan Mandir, has got gold-plated spires.

Around 70 kg of gold worth nearly Rs 21 crore has been used to plate the spires.

The temple, managed by Gopinathji Dev Mandir Trust, will be open to public on May 6.

"A special event will be held on May 6 for the golden temple's formal opening," S P Swami of Gopinathji Mandir told TOI.

"This is a proud moment for all saints and followers as Swaminarayan Bhagvan himself had built this temple brick by brick and it has a special affection for all of us," Swami said.

There are six Swaminarayan temples in Gadhada and Gopinathji Dev Mandir is where Lord Swaminarayan spent 29 years. There are important historical and religious aspects which make this temple a special one.

As many as 1,500 to 2,000 devotees visit the temple daily. On the day of poonam (full moon), nearly 40,000 people come to pay obeisance here.