(Photos by Naveen, SI & Rama Dasa)
Chicago is an embarras de richesse when it comes to Hindu temples.
Drawing devotees from near and far, and doubtless the most prominent Hindu Temple in the area, is the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Aurora.
The other popular Hindu landmark in the Chicago area is the Rama Temple in Lemont.
Housed in sprawling campuses, both Balaji Temple and Rama Temple cater to three groups of supplicants – humans, cars (car pooja) and buildings.
Besides rendering divine benediction, the temples also address the bellowings in their devotees’ stomachs through popular canteens.
We dined at both Chicago Balaji Temple and Rama Temple Canteens during our last visit to Chicago.
Besides the Balaji Temple and Rama Temple, Chicago is also home to other temples like Sai Baba Mandir, Gayatri Gyana Mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir and Hari Om Mandir.
Here is a photo tour of SVS Temple in Aurora, Rama Temple in Lemont, BAPS Mandir in Bartlett, Manav Seva Mandir in Bensenville and Jain Temple in Bartlett.
SVS Temple Aurora, IL
A Panoramic view of Balaji Temple in Aurora, IL
Main entrance gate to abode of Balaji in Chicago
Abode of American Balaji in Chicago
Chicago Balaji Temple (from SI Collection)
Steps leading to divine blessings of Balaji
Devotees at Chicago Balaji Temple
Valli-Murugan-Devasena at Chicago SV Temple (SI)
Elephant on Chicago Balaji Temple Wall
Elephant Chariot on Chicago Balaji Temple Wall (SI)
Man-made Pond at SVS Temple, Aurora
Parking Lot at Balaji Temple, Chicago
Rama Temple Lemont, IL
Chicago Rama Temple (from SI Collection)
Rama, Sita, Lakshman at Rama Temple, Lemont, IL (SI)
Radha Krishna at Rama Temple (SI)
Swami Vivekananda at Rama Temple (SI)
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Bartlett, IL
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Bartlett, IL(from Rama Dasa)
Pond at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Bartlett
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Garden Bartlett
Manav Seva Mandir Bensenville, IL
Manav Seva Mandir Bensenville, IL
Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago Bartlett, IL
Jain Temple Bartlett, IL (Rama Dasa )
Jain Gods of America – A Photo Tour
Your photos of the Balaji temple seems to be several years old. When did you visit?
There was a lot of construction activity going on. You can see the scaffolding on the side of our picture.
Thanks for fixing my mexican sounding balaji 😉
I got this message when I posted my comment and no! i did not post it twice…
“Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”
No idea, why.
We added the Like/Dislike button since some users clamored for that repeatedly.
Need pics of the BAPS temple?
Sure, as long as they are yours.
We’ll add them to the bottom below the Rama temple pictures.
Yes, they are mine. I will send some later tonight.
Got some new pics of BAPS today… you may post it if you like.
Sent. I had to split it into multiple emails.
Thanks. Got it.
if you want pics of BAPS or any other mundir in chicago, I have lots of them i would be happy to send you,also if anyone wants pics of the mundirs in ohio i would also like to share those.
As long as the pictures are yours, please send them. Thanks in advance.
We’ll add the Chicago pictures to this post, assuming they’re not repetitions.
i tried sending the email but got “delivery failed” notice,email me and I will send the pics,thanks
Got it. Thanks.
But which Swaminarayan Temple is this? Apparently, there’s more than one Swaminarayan Mandir in the Chicago area.
it’s baps,i have several ISSO,ISSM pics but not on this computer(at a pals house)
Is this in Bartlett, IL?
yes it is, actually the BAPS and Jain mundirs are located within like one mile of each other (i visited both in one evening back in may of 2010) if there are any Jains reading this,you MUST visit the jain mundir in bartlet, it’s the second most beautiful mundir in chicago next to BAPS.
Presence of Rama Dasa completes a religious article on SI.
Actually any article on SI is incomplete without a Rama Dasa comment.
He (if he were a She, then she would have been a Dasi) has input on all kinds of subjects.
But this post is straight up his alley.
yay! my comment (or was it SI’s reply to it) became certified fresh.
Friends & Family helping you out?
i liked it myself once (hey it’s about me!),so the other four were probobly his or from someone in his family
You are probobly (sic) right.
Oh, well, time for some Falafel, Gajar Halwa & Gin.
the giant eagle where i live has some nice packaged gajar halwa,I dont know if they have GE in your state……..
No Giant Eagles here, only Food Lions and Acmes.
maybe.. or I may have found a workaround to do it myself.
Now, don’t you get us worked up.
As it is, we’re in a bad mood over a mediocre Chettinad meal.
Self proclaimed atheists ! and writing article bout temples! what irony! ippavavathu unmaiye othukonga. ivalavu vayasu aayi innum budhi varale! ha ha
Sometimes in life, it’s better to shut one’s trap and be suspected of being a dunce than to open one’s mouth and confirm the suspicion.
Writing about a temple or putting some pictures doesn’t make an atheist a devout believer. By stretching your warped asinine logic, a visit to the Taj Mahal would make anyone a follower of Al Qaeda.
When it comes to replies, none can beat SI!
SI may have deleted all the beat downs. Who knows? 😉
As we’ve said on more than one occasion, we can’t dick around with the Likes/Dislikes.
Who mentioned about likes/dislikes.
I was merely mentioning about the posts/replies you may have deleted which you got from members.
When you have nothing to say, tis’ better to say nothing!
Sorry for the dislike on the reply to Sam’s comment.. I thought it was meant for Sam
Sweetie, it’s a free world.
You can Like/Dislike us and/or the others to your heart’s content. 😉