- Street: 4 Merches Place
- City / Town: Grangetown
- Zip/Postal Code: CF11 6RD
- Mobile/Phone No: 02920371128
- website: http://www.swaminarayanwales.org.uk
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History of our Temple
People from Kutch first arrived in Cardiff around 1964 and found jobs in factories and iron foundries. More people came from Uganda and the Kutchi population greatly increased within few years. In order to maintain their religion and culture they used to gather in people’s houses or hired church halls to celebrate religious festivals and other events.
As there were more people from Kutch in London and North of England, temples were first established in cities like Bolton and London. In 1978, during his tour of UK H.H. Acharya Shree Tejendra Prasadji Maharaj came to Cardiff and was impressed with the gathering of the Community of Satsangis. He suggested that, as there are many Satsangis, a temple should be established in Cardiff and he gave his blessings that this should happen in a short time. True to his word some of the Satsangis gathered at a meeting on 2nd December 1978 and decided to search for suitable premises. An old Jewish Synagogue which was now a printing press was for sale and although a small building, it was found to be suitable for a Temple. In order to proceed further a committee of five trustees and twenty members was elected to draft a constitution and raise funds to buy the freehold of the building. Mr Naran Bhimji Patel was elected the President, Mr Keshavji Kanji Hirani was elected the Vice President and Mr Ratna Murji Hirani was elected as the Secretary of the Temple. The same three still hold the same positions in the Committee.
A letter was written to the late Sadguru Swami Hariswarup Dasji, who was the Mahant Swami of Bhuj, in order to seek his blessings. The building was purchased for 22000 pounds and work began in order to convert it into a Temple. With the permission of Mahant Swami of Bhuj, it was decided that the Temple would be known as Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Cardiff. (Under Shree Narnarayan Dev Temple, Bhuj Kutch).
Donation were given by the Satsangis of Cardiff but not enough money was raised through donations so Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Willesden, London was asked to help and provide financial support. The Committee of the Temple gave us a generous loan to buy the temple building and following some alteration to the building the festival of Ramnavmi was first celebrated in the temple building on 6th April 1979.
Under the guidance of Mahant Swami of Bhuj murtis of Shahajanand Swami, Narnarayan Dev, Radha Krushna Harikrushna Maharaj and Marble murtis of Hanumanji and Ganapatiji were ordered and they were established in the altar on 25th November 1979. On this occasion a five day Shreemad Bhagavat parayan was organised from 21st November 1979 to 25th November 1979. At the beginning the temple used to open at weekends only but now it was opening every evening.
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