AffiliationThe temple is closely connected with the world-wide network of Swaminarayan (BAPS) temples and centers. It is one of five in New Jersey; in Edison (1991), North Bergan (2000), Cherry Hill (2002), and near Atlantic City (2002-in Absecon, NJ 08201; 609-748-7881). See other BAPS profiles.
History:The BAPS Swaminarayan temple in Clifton, NJ, is a branch of the Swaminarayan temple in Edison, NJ, which was founded in 1991. In 1996, the organization started looking for a temple site in northern New Jersey. They focused on finding a suitable, affordable property in a central location. The central committee of the temple found a property, an old printing press and warehouse, in 1998. They purchased the property that year for $1.2 million and carried on a two-year renovation process that ended in 2000. The township was very cooperative, and the acquisition of permits and zoning regulations went smoothly. That year they celebrated the grand opening of the temple with a consecration ceremony.
Organization:There are several administrative positions in every BAPS temple organization, all of which are volunteer positions. Responsibility for the larger BAPS organization is in the hands of over 700 monks who live in different parts of the world. These men have taken vows of chastity and celibacy and are responsible for various aspects of the international organization. Some live in the US and oversee the centers in a given region. One monk who lives in New York is responsible for the centers in New Jersey, New York, and Boston.
Date Center Founded
Religious Leader and Title
Yagnesh Mistry, temple priest
Lay Leader and Title
Gunvant Patel, Temple Coordinator (Gunvant22749@yahoo.com)
2500 families on mailing list
Affiliation with Other Communities/Organizations
Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Sanstha, Gujarat, India