BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta

It’s time for Tuesday Travel, and I have only a short post to share today. I’m in full-swing with the blog schedule, but I did have to pick up my daughter from school today. The nurse called me from the clinic to tell me that my daughter had told her she was “coughing all day, her legs were shaking, and she was shy.” Not sure what she means by shy, but she is resting comfortably now and doesn’t seem to be in any danger of dying.  I have a sneaking suspicion she might have been faking, but I’ll give her a pass. Everyone needs an off-day, and as long as it doesn’t become a habit, I’m okay with it.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir near Atlanta

If you’re ever in Atlanta, travel to the outskirts towards Lilburn, Georgia, and you’ll be rewarded with a glimpse of the gorgeous BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. What is unique and a little odd is that there is nothing else like it in Georgia, and if you visit the surrounding area, you’ll see there is nothing special. In the midst of the commercialization and along Lawrenceville Highway, this beautiful Hindu temple jumps out and commands attention.

We stopped in at the Walgreens write next door on Thanksgiving day, and I was able to capture a few photos of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in the parking lot. I neglected to notice the many “no photo” signs running along the front fence, but there was no sign in sight from where I was taking pics. I wish this gate hadn’t been standing in the way and I’d gotten better shots, but alas, I couldn’t.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta

How about you? Do you have any remarkable landmarks near your home that seem to be out of place amongst the ordinary? If so, tell me in the comments.

That’s all I have for today, but in the meantime…

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  1. That BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Obi-Wan Kenobi Yabba Dabba Do Scooby Dooby Do looks beautiful! Now, if I could only get a good hot dog there, we're in business.
    We have a site nearby which a lot a people pay a fair amount of money to visit-the Liberty Bell. I don't get the allure. It's not all it's cracked up to be.
    "Coughing all day, legs were shaking, and she was shy…." How'd the nurse know? Tell her to ask a boy to the Sadie Hawkins dance?

    • Al, my daughter ended up confessing that she felt sick because her friends were teasing her about having a boyfriend. She's only 5–I'm in trouble.

  2. Al's comment has me in laughing tears. Wowsers…that was awesome.

    Amberr…you've done it again. Wonderful travel log. I feel like I get my visa stamped every time I come here. 😉 Wonder why no pictures? Well if I decided to clicky here from over there then they can click their red heels as far as I'm concerned. Mwhhaaa.

    Nice post as always!

    • Maureen, hahahahahah! You are welcome for another interlude. When I want to hear a great story, I come see you 🙂

  3. I got lost recently in Atlanta on my way to the SAMLA conference. I went down this awesome street which was lined by very expensive and nicely manicured homes. It was a pleasant surprise and beautiful. Somewhere close to Midtown. (Which by the way looks completely opposite than what it did back in the 80s.) 🙂 Auvoir! Mon Amie!

    • Connie, there are several areas in Atlanta with amazing homes. Have you seen the Governor's Mansion?

  4. Who builds something so beautiful and then smacks you in the face with a no pictures sign? It's cruel! What do they have to hide? There are no photograph signs all around the pentagon too. I drive by the pentagon daily; unless you're flying over, there's nothing to see. Anyway, I'm rambling. 😉

    • Hey I found out. There was a terrorist attack that happened in 2002 I think at one of the Swaminarayan Temples in India. Even some of the helpless Hindu priests were killed in the attack. After this incident, most of these beautiful Swaminarayan temples (which are found all over America and the rest of the world) have increased security measures to protect the devotees. This is the reason for the no photograph signs. The terrorists in the above mentioned incident knew exactly where to go and attack after apparently using video footage of the area.

      • Van, that's just terrible! Now I see why they've tightened up security. A real shame.

    • Krystal, agree on both, and rambling is perfectly acceptable on this blog–especially from you.

  5. How awesome! Never knew something like that was in Georgia of all places. We have the Bassett Tower in downtown El Paso. Art Deco on all four sides, I was told, is rare and we have a great example, if empty, building.

    My daughter has sore throats to get out of school. 🙂

    • Alchemy, your daughter is clever, too, I see. I'd love to see photos of the Bassett Tower, or even better? Visit it myself! 😉

  6. Wow, this building definitely stands out – it's quite beautiful with it's unique architecture. As for your daughter's illness, I agree that's it's odd the nurse said she was shy because what does that have to do with it? But oh well! 🙂

    • Maria, I love this place, and if you go by at night, it's lit up in purples and blues. Looks like an enchanted palace almost.

  7. We have the Confederation Bridge which used to be the longest bridge in the world over ice covered water (in winter) it is so high at one point one cloudy day you're driving through the clouds. On a good day you can drive at 70 kph on a bad day it's closed to high sided traffic and cars are down to 30kph, on an even worse day it's closed altogether. A scary drive in high winds indeed.
    Yes, we all take a sickie once in a while. Only single mom's can't b/c then nothing would get done by anyone LOL

    • Bren, it sounds like a scary bridge! I'd love to see pics of it though. I'm going to look this place up, along with other destinations.

  8. Thanks for liking my post! I am enjoying the gorgeous pics on your blog!

    • Thank you, Erica, I appreciate you reading and taking time to comment. 🙂

  9. Nice to see the HIndu temple, A – Did your daughter get out of school so she could go snap forbidden temple photos? Hope to see more cool spots – even if they get you into trouble – it's for ART!

    • Justin, I agree. I'm huge on breaking small rules–makes me feel childishly rebellious. Hahaha!

  10. Amber – this looks amazing. I'll definitely have to look that up when I'm in the vicinity. It looks like a lovely haven. Hope your daughter is feeling better, by the way:)

    • Thank you, Jane. It is a wonderful place to see. My daughter is also feeling much better. I appreciate the concern and the comment. Take care!

  11. The most notable natural landmark near my area is the top o' the mountain at Cheaha State Park.

    • Cheaha State Park sounds like an interesting place. I'm going to look it up, Lynn. Thank you for your comment.

  12. This is truly magnificent!
    We have a similar one in London too. 😉

  13. Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to read and comment on my posts. I really appreciate it!

  14. As soon as I discovered this website I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

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