Chhapaiya is a village in
Northern India in the state
Pradesh about 40 kilometers from the major city of Ayodhya.
Chhapaiya is located at .
Points of interest
Its singular claim to fame is as the birthplace of God Swaminarayan
(1781 - 1830 CE) was incarnated
here on 3rd April 1781 as Ghanshyam, making this village a pilgrim
place for his followers world wide. There are places where Swaminarayan
played with other kids, climbed a
tree that is part of the faith's folklore, the lake where he is
said to have revived fish from a fisherman's catch.
Swaminarayan stayed here for his first 3 years of childhood and
later he migrated to Ayodhya till the age of 11, when he
renunciated the world.
Renouncing his home at the tender age of 11 after a deep study
of Hindu scriptures, He performed an arduous seven year pilgrimage
through Nepal, Eastern and Southern India before settling down in
the Western state of Gujarat.
Place of pilgrimage
The following are the different holy places in Chhapaiya.
1 Ghanshyam Bhavan : the beautiful monument on the birthplace of
Bhagwan Swaminarayan. A temple on this place was erected by
in 1863, after passing away of
Swminarayan in 1830. Later, after 47 years another big temple was
built by Acharya Shree Purushottamprasadji Maharaj in 1910. This is
being reconstructed in marble, a project started in 2004 by
2 This marble decorated room is on the ground floor of Ghanshyam
Bhavan. This is the exact location of Dharmadev’s house where
Ghanshyam was born.
3 Shri Swaminarayan Mandir : This mandir is near Ghanshyam
4 Narayan Sarovar : This is the sacred water pool where Ghanshyam
often bathed. It is just outside the mandir complex.
5 Trikonyu Khetar (Triangular Farm): Where Ghanshyam sent birds
6 Meen Sarovar : This is a small lake (dry during the summer) where
Ghanshyam brought dead fish back to life and instructed the
fisherman not to kill fish for a living.
7 This shrine is at the place where defeated the demon Kalidutt,
who came to kill Him.