A BAPS temple is to be built on a 2.4 acres plot where a Christian church previously existed, in the Chicago suburb of Lake in the Hills.
BAPS, which has been holding its services at rented place for about seven years now, plans to open their temple in Lake in the Hills where prayer services, assemblies, ceremonies, religious classes, scripture reading, community activities, dining and charitable events will be featured daily.
“It was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this temple complex would help in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation),” Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement commending the efforts of temple leaders and the community in the area.
BAPS was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the late 18th century in Gujarat and is internationally headquartered in Ahmadabad, India and Piscataway, New Jersey and claims to have 3,850 satsang centers, over a million followers, over 55,000 volunteers and over 1,000 sadhus worldwide with His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj as its present spiritual guru.