Akshardham Temple Delhi
Near Nizammuddin Bridge, New Delhi, India
Akshardham Temple is the latest addition to the Indian capital's
architectural diaspora. Built on the banks of the river Yamuna across a 100
acres of plush lawns, this 2 billion architectural grandeur is an initiative
of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The
temple structure, inspired by the Akshardham Temple of Gujarat, is replete
with about a majestic 11 ft statue of Lord Swaminarayan and 20,000 other
statues, an IMAX theatre, a Swaminarayan temple, artificial lake and an
elaborate musical fountain.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Legacy
At 85, Swami Narayan Maharaj - a follower of a 17th century reformer
Swaminarayan - the leader of BAPS, is leading this socio-spiritual
charitable NGO affiliated with the United Nations. Over 9 thousand centers,
750 sadhus or monks, 55,000 volunteers, million followers or more and the
Akshardham temples are hewn across the globe in London, Houston Texas,
Chicago Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California, Toronto, Canada
and Nairobi Africa.
Akshardham is built of pink Rajasthani sandstone and Italian marble. Its
plethora of intricately carved gods and goddesses makes it the largest
hand-carved structure in the world. The Yogi Hraday Kamal is a lotus-shaped
(when viewed from above) garden hewn with large stones having quote
engravings of Shakespeare, Martin Luther, Swami Vivekananda to Swaminarayan
himself. The life of the saint and his preachings are depicted in the legion
of museums with hi-tech instrumentations like robotics, dioramas, Delhi's
first and only large format screen and what not. Don't miss out the third
hall where visitors can board beatific peacock boats and sail in the
artificial lake through the 10,000 years of Indian history. India's largest
step well, Yagnapurush Kund takes you into the deep crevasse where a musical
fountain awaits you mesmerizing lights.
The power of ancient beliefs aggrandized with modern technology is what
this magnanimous structure stands for. Inaugurated only in 2005, our tour
parcels include a trip to this spectacular emblem of religion and modernism.
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Delhi has both domestic and international airports with excellent
connectivity, being the Indian capital. Same goes for roads and railways.
Akshardham is located towards the East of Delhi and is easily accessible
through DTC buses and cabs.