BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta | Lilburn460 Rockbridge Rd NW
“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.”
This is a mantra we embrace with both arms. We do our best to teach the boys about everything we can that is different than we are…religion, culture, food, race, lifestyle….if we generate curiosity, then they learn…when they learn about other people then there is no room for fear, only for love.
We do not practice the Hindu religion, and we don’t know anyone who does (that we are aware of,) so back in January we spent some time learning about Hinduism (in so much as a 2 and 6 year old can understand.) We ended our focused exploration with a trip to the largest Hindu temple outside of India…in Lilburn.
So…#keepingitreal here….I did not feel comfortable taking my rowdy, crazy, loud boys inside. It is open to the public, and I have heard the inside is magnificent (no photography allowed inside.) Audio tours are available, also. And while we were exploring the outside, many people came and welcomed us to come inside; two people even offered to walk around with us. I hope that the boys will be ready in maybe two years.
So whether your littles are ready for an inside tour or not, I still encourage a visit. One other thing I did not know about in time…next door (you’ll see it when you enter the gates) is Baps Shayona. They sell yummy treats like samosas and pistachio ice cream! It’s inside the gates…when you go through, just tell them you want to visit the temple or grab a bite, and they will welcome you inside.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.