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Akshardham Temple

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Mythology

The initiative of Akshardham was Inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE) and created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016 CE), constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). 8,000,000+ volunteer hours from 4000+ volunteers around the world went into making the complex.

How To Reach

Akshardham is in the heart of Gandhinagar and can be easily reached. It is located around 2 km away from the Gandhinagar railway station. CNG auto rickshaws are easily available from all parts of the city. Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation provides buses that ply regularly to the Akshardham temple.

History

The Akshardham Temple complex took over 13 years to build and was inaugurated on October 30th, 1992. The main complex of the Akshardham Temple is 108 feet high, 131 feet wide and 240 feet long and is built from 6,000 metric tonnes of pink sandstone from Rajasthan. It has 97 intricately carved pillars and 17 domes which have been highly ornamented. In addition to these, eight balconies, 220 stone beams and 264 sculpted figures are also here. Architects claim that Akshardham Temple is built in accordance with Vedic architectural principles, hence no steel or iron has been used anywhere in the temple. There’s a seven-foot-tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan which is worshipped here.

Festivals Observed

Akshardham Temple regularly hosts a number of exhibitions that propagate art, science, culture and spirituality. The complex has five exhibition halls which use audio-visual presentations and life-sized themes to discover various matters in Hinduism. One of the hall features an IMAX theatre which screens a 40-minute film depicting the country-spanning pilgrimage Swaminarayan had boarded on at the age of eleven when he took the name, NeelkanthVarni. Other exhibitions held here include Neelkanth and Sahajanand, Halls of Values, Mystic India which is a film representation of India and Premanand which is a display of core Hindu values. Akshardham Centre for Applied Research in Social Harmony focuses on Swaminarayan's principles in solving social problems and promoting harmonious balance. It is also a library of more than 7,000 writings in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati and Tamil as well as a large collection of rare manuscripts discussing the schools of philosophy in Hinduism. They also host world famous conferences.

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  079 2326 0001, (91-79) 2326 0001, 2326 0002

  gujarat@akshardham.com

  akshardham.com/gujarat, baps.org

  Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382020, India