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DWARKA DHEESH MANDIR TEMPLE

DWARKA DHEESH MANDIR TEMPLE
Ahmedabad, India
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BACKGROUND

Dwarka Dheesh Mandir Temple is one of the oldest surviving haveli, or house-temple, complexes in Ahmedabad. The structure boasts two ornate wooden havelis, which are now called the Old Temple and New Temple. Both portions were remodeled by members of the Hindu Vaishnav sect in 1670, and the temple is still a pilgrimage destination for Vashnavites.

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HOW WE HELPED

While the Shri Dwarkesh Smruti Navsanskaran Trust proposed to restore and stabilize both the New and Old Temples of Dwarka Dheesh Mandir to arrest the severe damage caused by the 2001 earthquake, the group struggled to secure the full funding necessary to complete all the conservation work. In 2003 WMF provided support through the Robert W. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Dwarka Dheesh Mandir Temple is one of India’s oldest surviving havelis. It is also one of India’s few remaining examples of wooden temple architecture in an urban setting. The architecture of the temple is distinguished by the delicately carved teak wood ornamentation of the façade, which includes exceptionally crafted beams, brackets, columns, and cornices.