Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in the Indian capital metropolis of Delhi. The central part of the monument is built entirely with stone. Translating to the divine abode of God, the shrine is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. The huge complex echoes Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and praises for the ancient architecture. Here's all that you want to know about the architectural splendor.
Architecture: The main monument of Akshardham in Delhi is located at the center of the complex. It is 316 feet wide and 141 foot high. The length of the central structure is 370 foot long. The central temple is adorned with carved details of deities, musicians, dancers and fauna. The entire Akshardham temple is designed in accordance with details laid out by Sthapatya Shastra- an ancient Vedic text. The temple complex is built entirely of Italian Carrara marble and Rajasthani pink sandstone. Construction was finished on November 6, 2005.
Plan: The central part of the Akshardham temple consists of 9 domes, 234 carved and decorated pillars, and 20,000 murtis. There are also statues of Hinduism's acharyas, devotees and sadhus. A striking feature of the monument is Gajendra Pith at its base. The Pith is a plinth that pays tribute to Indian history. Gajendra Pith contains busts of 148 full-scale elephants. Total weight comes to approximately 3000 tonnes. An 11-foot statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is located under the central dome. The statue is encircled by similar statues of the gurus of other sects. Each statue is made up of 5 metals or paanch dhatu. Statues of Hindu deities like Lakshmi Narayan, Radha Krishna and Shiv Parvati are also worth-witnessing.
An abode of God built in 2005, Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple. Flamboyant devotional traditions and timeless Hindu teachings adorn the temple's incredible walls. Bliss for the spirituality seekers, the temple leads you on a path of utter tranquility. Musical Fountain Show held here daily in the evening steals the limelight. Narayan Sarovar, various exhibitions and the Garden of India make the excursion memorable.
Indeed a humble tribute to Swaminarayan, the colossal shrine is the pride of the country. Closed on Mondays, Akshardham has so much in store for each member of the family. However, before visiting the temple, one should keep a few things in mind. Alcohol, smoking, mobile phones, cameras, food items, impolite behavior, improper clothing and pets are strictly prohibited inside the temple.