Cricketer Venkatesh Prasad & Suniel Shetty Visit New Jersey’s Swaminarayan Temple & You Must Too

by Shreya Rathod
Cricketer Venkatesh Prasad & Suniel Shetty Visit New Jersey’s Swaminarayan Temple & You Must Too

Venkatesh Prasad has been serving the country; first as a cricketer and then a coach of the Indian cricket team. He has played in Test Series against Pakistan, South Africa and other countries. He, recently, visited the Swaminarayan temple in New Jersey with Suniel Shetty; here’s why.

Venkatesh Prasad & Suniel Shetty Visit Swaminarayan Temple In New Jersey!

Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad tweeted a photo with renowned actor Suniel Shetty, who is the father-in-law of KL Rahul, a day after he was chosen by the Indian think tank for the main event. The pair paid a special visit to the Swaminarayan temple in New Jersey, according to the former Indian fast bowler.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer’s tweet stated that he visited the prominent Swaminarayan temple in New Jersey with Suniel Shetty. They prayed for the Indian cricket team so they would do well in the World Cup. He further stated that he secretly prayed for KL Rahul and wished he performed the best in the game and silenced his critics.

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World’s 2nd Largest Hindu Temple

Swaminarayan Temple
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Located in New Jersey’s Robbinsville, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was inaugurated on August 10. In fact, it is the world’s second-largest temple! The mandir is a shikarbaddha mandir, constructed in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Hindu books known as the Shilpa Shastras, which set standards for sacred construction.

Murtis, or holy images of the gods, have been placed inside the mandir. In light of this, Swaminarayan swamis, or monks, perform devotional adoration to the gods all day long. They sing prabhatiya (morning hymns) to awaken the gods before dawn. Depending on the time of day and season, the deities are then cleansed and given food and clothing. Food that has been shown to the gods is regarded as holy and given as prasadam to the worshippers.

A total of 4.7 million human hours were reportedly put in by volunteers and artisans who worked on the mandir. Throughout the building process, volunteers worked on a variety of projects, such as design and engineering, stone shipment and carving coordination.

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Additionally, site preparation, lighting and electrical wiring, polishing and cleaning the assembled marble, tent construction, meal preparation and providing medical assistance were done by the volunteers.

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