Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Fact Files : Akshardham Temple
Location : Near Nizamuddin Bridge, Delhi, India
Built in : 2005
Inspired & Moderated by : Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Built by : Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Dedicated to : Lord Swaminarayan
Managed by : Swaminarayan Sect
Temple Status : The Largest Hindu Temple Complex in the World.
Famous for : Superb Architecture and Ornate Pillars.
Famous as : India's Spiritual Theme Park.
Opening Time : 9 AM to 9 PM (Monday Closed for Visitors).
Activities to Enjoy : Audio Animation Show, Spiritual Light & Sound Show, Boat Ride.
Attractions : Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Musical Fountains, Bharat Upvan, Museum.
Suggested Itinerary :
Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi
Golden Triangle with Goa & Mumbai
World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple – Akshardham Temple is situated on the banks on river Yamuna in Delhi, close to the proposed site for 2010 Commonwealth games. It creatively conflates the traditional stone art and architecture, Indian culture and societal fiber, ancient values and sapience, and the best of modern media and technology.
Inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj – the spiritual head of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), about 3000 volunteers from BAPS helped 7000 artisans to construct this world famous Hindu Temple Complex.
The main monument, designed according to traditional Vastu Shastra and Pancharatra Shastra, is built in pink sandstone and white Italian marble. It is covered with intricately carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians and deities. The monument consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes and 20,000 effigies and statues of Hindu sadhus, devotees, and acharyas. The whole monument rests on 148 scale-sized elephants.
The other alluring features of the complex are Sahajanand Pradarshan (Hall of Values), Nilkanth Kalyan Yatra (Theatre), Yagnapurush Kund (Musical Fountain), Bharat Upvan (Garden of India), Narayan Sarovar Lake (man-made lake) and a sunken garden shaped like a lotus.
Visitors are also beguiled by the Sanskruti Vihar, a ride in peacock shaped boats that let you travel through 10,000 years of Indian History in approximately 12 minutes.
How to Reach
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi offers regular flights to different parts of the world while its domestic wing has flights to all crucial cities in the country.
Delhi has three major railway stations – New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Station. Delhi is efficiently linked by railways with all major cities of India.
By Road: Delhi is well connected by roads with major cities of nearby states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, etc. There are a number of National highways connecting Delhi to various parts of the country as well, e.g. NH1 and NH8.
Tourists can opt for any mode of local transportation like bus, taxi, auto-rickshaw, etc. to reach the Akshardham Temple Complex.
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