Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Delhi India
Akshardham Temple in Delhi India is a famous Hindu temple complex which portrays the rich Indian architecture, culture and spirituality. Also known as Delhi Akshardham Mandir or Swaminarayan Akshardam Temple, the temple is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, on National Highway 24, Mayur Vihar. Akshardham extends for 25 hectares of lush green area and is surrounded on three sides by river Yamuna. The temple enshrines eleven feet tall gilded statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The building was constructed entirely from Pink Sandstone and Italian marble without any concrete or steel.
Tourist Attractions of Akshardham Temple
The main monument of Swaminarayan Akshardam Temple consists of 234 carved pillars, nine domes, around 20,000 murthis, statues of Hinduism’s sadhus, devotees and acharyas. The monument also features the Gajendra pith at its base which contains 148 scale sized elephants in total weighing around 3000 tons. Under the central dome of the monument lies a statue of Swaminarayan which is 11 foot high which is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus. The statues are made of five metals and inside the central monument are the murtis of Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati and Lakshmi Narayan.
The intricate carvings, magnanimous structure and the backdrop of River Yamuna, render the temple a masterpiece of art. Other than the main temple, there are a number of buildings in the complex where you can enjoy cultural and spiritual activities.
Other Visitor Attractions
There are different halls, musical fountain, theatre and many other things to attract tourists.
- This is the first hall in the complex features life size robots, dioramas and incidents from Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s life. It also houses world’s smallest robot in the form of Ghanshyam Maharaj, the child form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Nilkanth Kalyan Yatra
is the next hall which has a large format screen where a movie specially taken for the complex shows the journey of Bhagwan Swaminarayan throughout India.
is the third hall that takes visitors on a journey through 10,000 years of Indian history in 10 minutes. Visitors are seated in specially designed peacock boats that make their way around an artificial river.
Yagna Purush Kund
is the largest step well which descends down through a series of steps to a traditional ‘yagna kund’. At night a musical fountain show representing the cycle of life is played for audience seated on the same steps.
Bharat Upavan or Garden of India
has sprawling lawns, varied trees and shrubs, dotted with bronze sculptures of the contributors to Indian culture.
Yogi Hriday Kamal
is a lotus shaped garden containing stones engraved with quotes from world luminaries ranging from Shakespeare and Martin Luther King to Swami Vivekananda and Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Delhi Akshardham Temple Timings
The timings of Akshardam Temple are from 11 AM to 8 PM on all days, except Mondays. Photography is strictly prohibited. The Entry Fee is free inside the temple but visiting exhibition halls and theatres are chargeable.
Entry Fee for exhibition halls and theatres
Adults and Kids: Rs. 125
For Senior citizens: Rs. 75
History of Akshardham Temple
The building had been placed since 1968 as a vision of Yogiji Maharaj who is the spiritual head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. He expressed his desire for wanting a grand temple built on the banks of the Yamuna River to two or three devotee families of Swaminarayan that resided in New Delhi at that time.
In 1982, the successor of Yogiji Maharaj, Pramukh Swami Maharaj wanted to fulfill the dream of his guru and also prompted devotees to build the temple in Delhi. For this request was placed before the Delhi Development Authority and Pramukh Swami Maharaj had a stern decision that he wanted to build the temple on the banks of river Yamuna.
After long eighteen years in April 2000 the Delhi Development Authority offered 60acres of land and Uttar Pradesh government offered 30 acres for the project. Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed puja on the site and the construction began on 8th of November 2000 and Akshardham was officially opened on 6th of November 2005.
Contact Phone Number of Akshardham Temple
is 011 - 22016688, 22026688
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