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An Architectural Masterpiece

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by gregvanriel 6 Comments

Recently I met with Swami Nitya at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto.  The Mandir is an exceptional Hindu temple which can been seen traveling north on HWY 427.


After a very interesting discussion with Swami Nitya in which he gave me a crash course in Hinduism, I was granted the opportunity to shoot the Mandir.  Here are some images I shot.



I am so impressed with the detail.  The temple was hand carved from Italian Carrara Marble, the finest Turkish Limestone, and Indian Pink Sandstone.  Everything was hand carved in India and shipped to Canada and assembled on site.
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I was looking for the quintessential wide shot that would show the majesty and grandeur of the Mandir.  I decided on this shot.


But I didn’t think it was dramatic enough in color, so I put it into B&W.  I took one shot and used a red filter and then took another shot and put into B&W infra red.  Then I merged the two shots and did some erasing and tweaking to get this one below.

Swaminarayan Mandir T.O (L).

I hope you like the Mandir as much as I do.  Please let me know your thoughts.

6 Responses

  1. Samuel

    March 5, 2014

    Amazing photos Greg! Good call on the B&W that last picture is breathtaking.

    • gregvanriel

      March 6, 2014

      Thanks Samuel. Glad you like the Mandir! It’s so cool that we have a temple like that here in Toronto. Please stay tuned for a Helicopter video on the Mandir once the weather clears.

    • Si MPA

      March 8, 2014

      The infrared treatment gives it that ethereal quality. Like it very much!!

    • Sushil

      July 6, 2014

      This is truly breath tainkg and your photos are beautiful.I had no idea there was such an amazing piece of ancient architectural history (building method) in Toronto. After looking at your photos I had to find out where the Mandir was and was shocked to find it so close to the city (427 and Finch) when it seems such a well kept secret!Thanks for tainkg the time to blog about the Mandir I can’t wait to see it for myself!

  2. gregvanriel

    March 8, 2014

    I appreciate that coming from you, Simon. Good eye!

  3. pankaj tank

    July 6, 2014

    Glad to see thé short film…..on BAPS mandir


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