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Chhapaiya is a village in Northern Indiamarker in the state of Uttar Pradeshmarker about 40 kilometers from the major city of Ayodhyamarker.

Geography

Chhapaiya is located at .

Points of interest



Its singular claim to fame is as the birthplace of God Swaminarayan. 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 Acharya Shree Ayodhyaprasadji Maharaj 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 Acharya Shree Tejendraprasadji Maharaj.

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 Bhavan.

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 into samadhi.

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.

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