Swaminarayan temples are fancy enough for anyone lure away to visit, but true Shri Ram Bhakt or Hanuman Bhakt who recite Hanuman Chalisa everyday should never ever visit any swaminarayan temples. Continue to read to know why.
First of all, I strongly believe that swamianarayan is not god. Swaminarayan temples have many idols (murti), but they couldn’t afford to purchase a idol for ‘Laxman Ji’. Laxman, who is a shesh-naag and brother of Shri Ram, is missing from swaminaryan temples. In most of the non-swaminarayan temples, if you see Shri Ram’s idol, you will also find Laxman Ji’s idol as well. In ancient books, many great things has been written about shesh-naag, but simply swaminarayan doesn’t consider to have Laxman Ji’ idol in the temple. Swaminarayan is changing how Hindu ideology that has been written for many ages.
Tulisdas described importance of Laxman Ji in last 2 ‘dohas’ of Hanuman Chalisa, also described below:
पवनतनय सङ्कट हरन मङ्गल मूरति रूप ।
राम लखन सीता सहित हृदय बसहु सुर भूप ॥
Tulsidas says, “O Son of wind god, remover of difficulties, oh one of auspicious form. With Ram, LAXMAN and Sita reside in our hearts of King of Gods“. Here I put emphasis on LAXMAN, Tulsidas asks Ram, Laxman and Sita to reside in our heart forever. If you don’t see Laxman Ji’s idol in swaminarayan temple, then how can you think about going to swamianrayan temple. Read my article, why swaminarayan is not god? You can also see from below image that BAPS swaminarayan has no idol for Laxman Ji, and they used the word ‘Dev’ for Shri Ram.
I’m more concerned about young generation. If swaminarayan sampraday, no matter which sampraday, is on the path to change ages old of tradition of saying ‘Ram Laxman Janki Jai bolo Hanuman ki’, then that should concern each and every Ram or Hanuman Bhakt. You can help by spreading this message to anyone you might know, and you should tell them no not visit any swaminarayan temple.