Swaminarayan Akshardham at the New Delhi explores Hinduism’s values and traditions through a variety of media, from a large format film to a multimedia water show. Then what is shared is an informative and inspiring journey through an ancient culture’s glorious art, values, and contributions for the progress, happiness, and harmony of all humans. So, depending upon each visitor’s time, interests, and personal quest, their Akshardham experience becomes unique to them.
The heart of a Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is the Akshardham mandir.
Inaugurated on the 6 November 2005, the mandir is an effort to offer a home to God that honors. On His glory and divinity –- a timeless, beautiful and peaceful home for God here on Earth. This is the temporal abode of God and the devotion, values, and culture He inspires.
According to the architecturally, the mandir is an homage to traditional Indian Hindu architecture. It is designed with an eye to the ancient and middle-age medieval Indian treatises on architectural science, – the Shilpa Shastras, have guided the mandir’s design and construction from its distinctive style of carving and its proportions to its avoidance of. This Temple is one of the most popular out of 1000 famous temples in our list.
Accordingly, the temple is made without the use of ferrous metal in construction. The Akshardham mandir consists of a totally of 234 intricately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle spires and 20,000 statues of India’s Hinduism’s spiritual personalities. Then the mandir reaches 141.3 feet into the sky, spans 316 feet in width, and is 356 feet long.
Inside the temple, each worshipfully carved pillar, ceiling, and dome shares a story of devotion offers darshan of a deity or captures an incident from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Then after in the central sanctum, the ‘Garbhagruh’ one has darshan of the murti of Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830 CE), to whom the Akshardham mandir is dedicated. He is accompanied in a central shrine by the succession of divine gurus of the fellowship, each depicted in a posture of service and devotion. The spiritual succession includes the Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj, and Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
In Surrounding the garbhagruh are special shrines for the great avatar and devotee pairs: Shri Sita-Ram, Shri Radha-Krishna, Shri Lakshmi-Narayan, and Shri Shiv-Parvati. As the vibrant, active mandir, Akshardham is truly home to these deities, and devotees offer prayers on a regular basis as per traditional practice. Visitors are welcome to join in the aarti rituals at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
Temple Darshan Timing
The temple is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday.
Darshan Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Temple is closed on Monday.