Akshardham, Delhi

 

 Spread over 100 acres on the eastern banks of the river Yamuna, Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. The complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture.  It was the effort of over 11,000 craftsmen and 300 million man hours to build this temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all the tourist. During the night, a musical fountain show representing the circle of life is played to an audience which is seated on the same steps. The fountain is named after the founder of the Hindu organization, Shastriji Maharaj.

            The temple has a 11-foot high Gold plated idol of Swaminarayan and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. It contains 148 scale sized elephants in total and weighs a total of 3000 tons.  This Akshardham Temple in New Delhi symbolises 2,500 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. Within the monument, under the central dome, lies a murti or statue of Swaminarayan which is 11-foot high. The murti is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus of the sect. Each murti is made of paanch daatu or five metals in accordance to Hindu tradition. Also within the central monument lie the murtis of other Hindu deities, including Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan.

          The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress , happiness and harmony of mankind. The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble. Pink stone symbolizes bhakti in absolute purity and eternal peace. During the night, a musical fountain show representing the circle of life is played to an audience which is seated on the same steps. The fountain is named after the founder of the Hindu organization, Shastriji Maharaj.

            Witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its monument, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions.

 

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