brilliantly showcases the essence of
India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless
spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an
enlightening journey through India’s glorious
art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness
and harmony of mankind.
The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex
was built in only five years through the blessings of
HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar
Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal
devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers.
The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.
Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme
God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar
as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine
bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.
For the first time ever in the world 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.
You will have to leave all your materialism before you
enter the hallowed shrine. Put off shoes, leather purse,
belts, cell phones and other accessories as a security
measure with the temple authorities. Walk on the chaste
pavement that reflects the sanctity of this eminent
temple in its heart. Gaze anywhere..and you will be
overwhelmed to see immense beauty sprawled all around
you in exquisitely carved pillars, ornate domes, quadrangled
shikhars, reincarnated in a pink and white attire. Enter
the 'Mandir', standing with its head held high at 141
ft. Before you reach the sanctum sanctorum, spare out
some time to appreciate the impressive pillars, hauling
the colossal alcove on their shoulders. They are beautiful.
You can even figure out consummate artistry - flora,
fauna, dancers, musicians and Gods - crafted on their
surfaces from top to bottom! Amazing, aren't they? The
Garbhagriha (Inner Sanctum) reminds one of the Gothic
architecture, standing like a silent spectator of divine
divinity, where you can even hear your heart beat!
Remember to behold the magnificent Mandovar, the ornate
exterior wall of the Akshardham Temple. In the last
800 years this is the only and largest, intricately
carved Mandovar in India, embellished with sculptured
stone effigies of India's great rishis, sadhus, devotees,
acharyas and divine incarnations. Walk around the temple
premises to reach the tranquil Narayan Sarovar. In the
evenings, the lake glitters like a sparkling diamond
amidst floating lotus leaves - as if pride nestling
amidst purity and detachment. You will be amazed to
know that the lake contains holy waters from 151 rivers
and lakes sanctified by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, including
Mansarovar in Tibet.