The full name of the Akshardham Temple is Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. The Akshardham Temple is situated on the eastern banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi, North India. The Akshardham Temple is spread over 100 acres area which is a Hindu temple complex. The complex displays the traditions of the Hindu Religion as well as the Indian culture in both architecture and spirituality form. Akshardham temple is the second building that is developed and inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushaottam Swaminarayan Sanstha that has 3,000 volunteers that helped 7,000 artisans in the construction of the Akshardham Temple.
Akshardham Temple attracts most of the tourists from all over the world that comes to visit India. The centre of attraction of the temple is the architectural works that are done in the building of the temple. The opening of the Akshardham Temple was done on the 6th November, 2005. The construction of the temple was done following the Vastu Shastra and the Pancharatra Shastra. The largest temple in the centre of the complex is crafted with stone, whereas the complex features various exhibitions that are based on the incidents from the life of Swaminarayan along with the history of India.
The planning of building Akshardham Temple has been ongoing since 1968 which was in done in the vision of Yogiji Maharaj. He is the head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. It was his desire of a huge temple to be built on the bank of the Yamuna River. In 1971 some attempts were made for the building of the Akhshardham Temple, the project was delayed due to the death of Yogiji Maharaj. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the successor of Yogiji Maharaj who had the will to continue the project.
The features of the Akhshardham Temple are the monuments and the exhibition centres. The exhibitions include:
- Sahajanand Pradarshan (it is the Hall of Values)
- Sanskruti Vihar (this is a place for the Boat Ride)
- Neelkanth Darshan (Theatre)
- Garden of India
- Musical fountain
About the Exhibitions
The Sahajanand Pradarshan is the Hall of Values that features robotics and dioramas that display the life of Swaminarayan. Displaying his message about peace, humility, harmony and devotion. The Sanskruti Vihar is the boat ride for about 15 minutes that shows 10,000 years of Indian Heritage about the life in the Vedic times in India. It shows the Vedic period in the fields of science, arts, astronomy, literature, yoga and many more. Neelkanth Darshan is a theatre in the Akshardham Temple that has a large screen format that is 26 meters by 20 meters in size, it is said to be Delhi’s first large screen theatre. Musical fountain is known as the Yagnapurush Kund in Hindi. Akshardham Temple has India’s largest step well that is, the steps of the well (kund) are large at the day it is rest for the visitors and during the night it is a musical fountain. The Garden of India, which is also known as the Bharat Upavan in Hindi is a garden that has lush manicured lawn, shrubs and trees. The garden is lined with sculptures that are made with bronze displaying the history and culture of India.
Along with the exhibitions there are other features in the Akshardham Temple which include:
- AARSH Centre
- Neelkanth Abhishek
- Yogi Hraday Kaman
- Premvati Ahargruh
The monument is the main centre of the complex, which is 316 feet wide and 356 feet long, the height of the monument is 141 feet. The monument is covered with carved details of flora, dancers, musicians, deities and fauna. This monument is designed according to the ancient Vedic text which is known as the Sthapatya Shastra. The monument has no support of steel or concrete it is build from Rajisthani pink sandstone and the Carrara marble from Italy.
Later for the development of the Akhsardham Temple the team of eight sadhus were assigned. This team of sadhus were experienced in the work that was to be done in the construction of the Akshardham Temple. The Aksharadham complex was mentioned in the Guinness world record for the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple. The Award for the Guinness world record was presented by Michael Whitty who was really impressed with the architectural work done on the Temple.