Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi

Facts of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

Location: NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 110092
Which god is worshipped in Akshardham: The word “Akshardham” means the divine abode of God, so Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple was dedicated to God for his greatness.
Who built Akshardham temple: It was inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj and built by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, who died in mid-August 2016.

Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Akshardham Temple: Best Place to Know Hinduism

Why is Akshardham temple famous?

1. For those who want to learn about India, Indian religion and traditional culture, the Akshardham
Temple is a must-see attraction to visit. Because to understand the mysterious India, you first need to know that more than 80% of Indians believe in Hinduism, while the most comprehensive and representative of which is Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
2. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, a 100-hectare Hindu temple complex in the capital of New Delhi, was set up in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest Hindu temple, built in 2005 at a cost of 2 billion Rupees, over a five-year period by 11,000 people.
3. During the day, you can walk around the temple, see the more than 20,000 statues in the temple complex, like Sita, Revati-Ballam and Aksar Purushottam, feel the grandeur of their beauty.
4. In the evening, the temple's open musical fountains are equally spectacular, and you'll see a perfect performance with a combination of sound and projection.

What to See inside Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

The main building of the temple is made up of red sandstone and white marble. The main hall is located on 148 elephant statues with nine domes and 239 decorative columns. Inside the temple is a 3-meter-tall gilded statue and more than 2,000 Hindu god statues, with different deity. The columns are beautifully carved, the frescoes are colorful, the whole temple is gorgeous and elegant, and the fine religious art is embodied everywhere. The dome of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is exquisite, and is made up of nine large arched buildings. The details of such a large-scale sculpture are amazing. However, unlike the ancient Hindu monasteries, the stones were not hand-carved by artisans with tools, but by cutting equipment with modern technology. The introduction of modern tools completed the monastery, which would have taken 40 years to complete, in five years.

Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Brilliant Domes of Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple, Delhi
Spectacular Facade of Akshardham Temple


Many Hindu gods are carved around the walls of the main hall. The perimeter is divided into three corridors: the first floor is placed many statues of Hindu gods; the second has various 1:1 ratio of elephants statues and other delicate animal gods, of which there are 149 elephants, with a brief introduction of Hindu stories (similar to biblical stories); and the third is a 2km long, divided into the upper and lower two layers of the colonnades with 1152 exquisite stone pillars.

Tips:

1. Video cameras, mobile phones and other electronic products are prohibited in the temple, and security checks are very strict.
2. There are dress code requirements: Your top must cover the shoulders, chest, navel and upper arm, the lower body of clothing should be over the knee. If you do not meet the requirements, you can rent a sarong with a deposit of Rs100 and return it at the exit.

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