Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennium of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. The temple is majestically located on the banks of the Yamuna River, around the eastern region of the capital.
The incredible Akshardham Temple was formed in November 2005 under the guidance of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), which is a social-spiritual organization. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, it was constructed in the capital under the supervision of Pramukh Swami Maharaj – the spiritual leader of BAPS. The temple boasts of excellent handicraft features, which are mentioned in the given lines.
The construction took over 5 years and involved 7 thousand artisans and 3 thousand construction workers from all over India. Their combined efforts gave birth to a building 42 meters high, 94 meters wide, and 106 meters long. The structure of Akshardham consists of 234 pillars, 9 shiny domes, 20 four-sided towers, and over 20 thousand figurines depicting themes from Indian mythology. There are over 148 statues of an elephant alone!
What to see in Akshardham
Hall of Values
The Hall of Values is the most important feature of the Akshardham temple. The Hall of Values is also called Sahajanand Pradarshan and is set in the 18th century backdrop. The hall features a number of robotics, fiber optics and dioramas that display incidents from the life of Swaminarayan.
The theatre inside the Akshardham complex is home to the city’s first large format screen that measures 85-foot (26 m) by 65-foot (20 m). The theatre features a film that is specially and only meant for the temple complex. It is called Neelkanth Yatra, the film is about the seven-year journey made by Swaminarayan throughout India during his teenage years. The movie also has an international version called Mystic India, which was released in 2005 at different theaters worldwide. Within the vicinity of the theater there is also a 27-foot tall bronze statue of Neelkanth Varni.
The Yagnapurush Kund is one of the most striking features of the Akshardham temple complex.It is the world’s largest yagna kund measuring 300′ X 300′ with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. In its center lies an 8-petaled lotus shaped yagna kund designed according to the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Panchratra scripture. Its perfect geometric forms testify to ancient India’s advanced knowledge in mathematics and geometry. At night the center comes to life with a colorful musical water fountain that echoes the Vedic sentiments of India.
If you want to explore the unexplored then a boat ride at the Akshardham is a must. There is an artificial river that passes through the Takshashila, the world’s biggest. The peacock shaped boats known as Sanskruti Vihar, takes the visitors on a 10,000 year old journey of Indian history in just about 12 minutes.
Garden of India
Another important feature inside the temple is the beautiful garden known as Garden of India. Popular as Bharat Upavan, Sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and exquisite bronze statues, honouring India’s child heroes, valorous warriors, national patriots and great women personalities who inspire values and character.
The Narayan Sarovar is a holy lake that surrounds the main building of the Akshardham temple. The Narayan Sarovar contains waters from about 151 lakes and Rivers that were blessed by the famous Swaminarayan. There are 108 gaumukhs surrounding the pious lake that symbolize Janmangal Namavali.
Address: NH-24, Near Noida Mor, New Delhi-92
Phone: 011 2201 6688
Email :[email protected]
Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham
Area of Delhi: East Delhi
Distance from Airport: 26 Kms
Opening Time: 9:30 AM – 6:30PM
Closed On: Monday
Entrance Charges: Free
Camera Not allowed
Time Required: Half Day