The Akshardham Temple is a Hindu temple, and the beautiful spiritual-cultural campus in the state of Gujarat, India, near Delhi. 'Akshardham' literally means 'the divine abode of God'. It is an eternal place for one to offer devotion and experience everlasting peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at Gandhinagar is a mandir-a Hindu house of worship, a dwelling place for God and is dedicated to education, unification and deep devotion. It is a place to become aware of the universal nature of Hinduism's ancient principles or simply to just admire the beauty of God's presence. Wherever you gaze you will see something of extreme and resounding sacred significance, even wandering through the gardens.
As Finbarr guides you on this Sacred Mystical journey you will feel the timeless devotional messages and vibrant Hindu traditions echoed in its art and architecture. It displays millennia of Indian tradition and modern Hindu culture, spirituality and architecture. The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830) as well as the avatars, devas and sages of Hinduism. Feel the ancient Hindu teachings!
This traditionally styled complex spreads over one hundred acres and is entirely constructed of pink sand stone from Rajashan and marble from Italy. The walls are adorned with intricately carved flora and fauna, dancers, musicians and deities numbering over 20,000. There are 234 elaborately carved columns and over 200 murtis (idols) representing spiritual stalwarts for centuries. It was inaugurated on 30 October 1992 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
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