The Akshardham Temple in Delhi was constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and initiated on November 7, 2005. The temple complex represents an unique blend of the Hindu religion and Indian culture.
The Akshardham temple complex stands on the banks of the Yamuna and has more than a 100 acres of lawn decorated with water fountains and carved pavilions. An amount of 2 billions was spent on the building that took around 2 years to complete.
There is the IMAX theater, the Swaminarayan temple and a beautiful musical fountain in the large Akshardham temple in Delhi. The architectural design is a copy of the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. The chief monument of the Akshardham temple is about 141 feet high and possesses a grand statue of Lord Swaminarayan.
The followings are some of the important facts about the temple:
- Year of Construction: 2005
- Constructed by: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha
- Managed by: Swaminarayan Sect
- Other Deities: Shri Radha Krishna Dev, Shri Sita Ram, Shri Laxmi Narayan and Shri Uma Maheshwar.
- Opening Schedule: 9 am - 9 pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Closed on Monday.
Popular features of the Akshardham Temple in Delhi
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 Akshardham temple also houses Delhi's only format screen theater. Also known as Neelkanth Kalyan Yatra, 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. The Yagnapurush Kund which is the country's largest step well serves as a point of rest for many travelers during the day. There are a host of steps that lead to the traditional yagna kund. The many steps that offer relaxation to the many tourists in the day also offer a delightful musical fountain show at night. The musical fountain shown at night is a representation of the circle of life. There are about 2,870 steps and 108 tiny shrines on the Yagnapurush Kund.
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, the Garden of India spreads over acres and acres of well manicured lawns, large trees and a host of other plants and shrubs. The garden also has several bronze sculptures of famous Indian personalities that have contributed to India's history and culture. The various sculptures include the figures of freedom fighters, and other important people of India. Out of all the sculptures the most notable one is that of Mahatma Gandhi's.
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.
The AARSH is a research center within the Akshardham complex. This research center is a place where eminent scholars and students carry out practical research and studies on social harmony and other related topics. Researchers in India can conduct research and affiliate their research papers with this institute. There are also numerous foreign students that travel to this research instate to carry out studies in topics like rural welfare, medicine, ecology social welfare etc.
Last Updated on : July 02, 2013