Akshardham Temple

Posted: April 2, 2006 in Gibberish Blabber, Photos

With more than ample time to spare and running out of places to visit, I decided to include the much talked about, newest attraction of Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.

Akshardham Main Temple

With this is mind, hoped into an auto after taking a metro ride to Connaught Place, and it faithfully landed me right at the doorstep of the huge 'Temple Campus' (Working in Hitech City this is the easiest similie that came to my mind, need not be the best or the most appropriate). The Temple compound was almost immeasurably huge, much larger than the Infosys People Factories constructed across the country.

Mandir Complex

The first thing that crosses one's mind or rather that should cross the mind is the name of the mandir, Akshardham. The very sound of it proposes great meaning to the plenary nomenclature. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.

The entire tour of the mandir can be considered to consist of the following sub itenaries for every darshanarthee or devotee

  • The magnificent Central Monument
  • Other Monuments of religious importance, like the foot prints or the ten doors
  • Hall of Values (Paid) – 45 mins Audio Animatronics show
  • IMAX Screen Film on Neelkanth (Paid) – 40 mins movie
  • Boat Ride through the Indian Heritage artifacts and models(Paid) – 12 mins

The Central Monument

The beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.

Gajendra Pith

Carvatures
The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. The specifications of the monument are as follows

Height: 141.3 ft
Width:
316 ft
Length:
356 ft

The roof has intricate carvatures which have the power to mesmerize any roaming sight.

Ceiling

Water Elephants

There are many other splendid monuments like the fore mentioned The star attraction of the whole tour however is the three paid audio visual shows, which are so superbly crafted that they take you to a different realm altogether, almost making you feel that you are transported to the time when neelkanth quit his home in search of truth.

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Comments
  1. mikit_01 says:

    This is the best monument i have ever seen……..from reading your info….i actually went there…its is beautiful……there are actually boat rides……and musical fountains………………………..A PLACE TO VISIT WHEN YOU GO TO INDIA>>>>>>>>>IF U DONT U WILL MISS OUT

  2. shiroli says:

    hi it was nice reading ur article i have already gone their and i have taken some ideas for my article
    thakns and u have expressed ur feelings

  3. Laura says:

    Hi, sorry for a little offtopic but a friend told me about your site and it’s really great. So keep it up 😀

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  4. James says:

    haha great! I must show that to my friend 😀

  5. chandrashekar says:

    i am good temple in akshara dham in Delhi

  6. what fentastic temple that tuch my hart.

  7. Cheetos says:

    @ Mikit, Laura, Shiroli, Chandrashekhar, Satish: It really is spectacular!! Nice to have you write in. Keep visiting.

    @ Anjali: Words fail me 😉

    @ James: I don;t know what you are referring to, so am hesitant to join in your laughter. Cheers anyways!

  8. gaurav goyal says:

    i ve listen so much but never seen rite nw imin delhi ll definitely luv to c

  9. Helene says:

    I visited this temple in January 2008 and was extremely disappointed. It seemed like the “Disneyland” of temples and felt like it was more concerned with impressing people with its size than with a spiritual message. I was with a school tour group studying art and architecture and after visiting places like the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, City Palace and Fatehpur Sikri, the Akshardham seemed like a sham. Especially the animatronics show. The boat ride through the history of India was very good and the inside of the central monument was very beautiful but on the whole I thought this sight was a waste of time.

  10. Alex Twist says:

    Have just got back from the Akshardham Temple. The sheer size of the place just creates a very peaceful atmosphere where you can just roam through admiring the impressive achitecture. A very relaxing experience.

  11. harshal parmar says:

    I love swaminarayan

  12. ABHISHEK, DIXIT, RAJ says:

    ITS TEMPLE IS VERY AMAZING. I SAY I AM QUITE WELL THANK’S OUR SIR MANISH &NET TEACHER VARSHA GOEL.

  13. Amit Minocha says:

    Very Nice Temple

    …………
    Amit Minocha

  14. mani says:

    akshar dham is too close to my heart n my life..
    it is a fabulous place i have ever seen……

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