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Visitors tour the grounds of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple, near Highway 27 and Finch Avenue, during yesterday’s grand opening.


Italian marble. Indian sandstone. Turkish limestone.

The new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple was declared not just a place of Hindu worship for Indo-Canadians, but a symbol of their new home in Canada.

“It seems to me Toronto is the perfect place for this mandir (temple),” Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said before thousands of Indo-Canadians who waved Indian and Canadian flags yesterday during the opening ceremony of their new temple near Highway 27 and Finch Avenue.

“This is a place where people from all over the world come together to create something beautiful – a strong and diverse society.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said India was a model for Canada as a democratic country that brings together diverse languages and cultures. “Today, we’re celebrating one of our country’s greatest strengths – our commitment to pluralism,” he said.

The $40-million temple is an architectural wonder. Under the gleaming sun, it looked like a sparkling crystal palace.