Swaminarayan Akshardham, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is situated in Noida Mor (New Okhla Industrial Development Authority) New Delhi and also located near the banks of river Yamuna. Swaminarayan Temple is popularly called as Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, Delhi Akshardham. The temple complex of Swaminarayan Temple exhibits a period of a thousand years of Hindu tradition and culture with its architectural excellence.
Swaminarayan Temple was consecrated on 6th November 2005, and built according to the ancient science of architecture and construction called Vasthu shastra and Pancharatra Shastra (five nights). The central temple complex is completely crafted in stone and it exhibits the history and life incidents of Lord Swaminarayan and also the early life of Lord Swaminarayan as a teenage yogi.
The presiding deity of this temple Swaminarayan Akshardham is Lord Swaminarayan (Lord Vishnu). The special features of Swaminarayan Temple are:
The monument of Swaminarayan Akshardham is completely covered with the carved information of the deities, flora, fauna, dancers, and musicians. It stands at a height of 141 feet and 316 feet wide and 356 feet long. The monument is structured according to the set of architectural and planning principles assembled by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi based on “ancient Sanskrit texts, called as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. The special and awe-inspiring feature of the monument was that it has no shades of concrete or steel and it is entirely built of Rajasthani Pink Sandstones and Italian Carrara marble (blue-grey marble of high quality). It consists of 234 carved pillars, 9 cupolas, and it contains 20000 deities, statues, saints, acharyas (preceptor) and the carved images of devotees.
It has 148 small sized elephants in total which weighs a total of 3000 tons. And with a Gajendra pith as its origin, exhibits a plinth which is paying tribute to the elephant, which indicates the Hindu culture and its importance. The statue of the presiding deity Lord Swaminarayan stands at a height of 11 feet, and is surrounded with statues of gurus of similar sect. the each deities present are made in Hindu traditions with five metals (Paanch dhaatu). The other deities in the central of the monument are Lord Lakshmi Narayan, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Radha Krishna.
Sahajanand Pradarshan (The Hall of Values)
Sahajanand Pradarshan was laid in the 18 century. The hall accents the world’s smallest animatronic robot in the child form of Lord Swaminarayan, which is called Ghanshyam Maharaj. The Sahajanand Pradarshan contains robotics and dioramas which signifies the life incidents of Lord Swaminarayan. And it depicts the His message about the values of peace, humility, harmony and helping others.
Nilkanth Darshan (Theatre)
The Nilkanth Darshan locates the Delhi’s large format screen, which measures about 85 feet. The theatre telecasts a 40 minutes film which portrays Neelkanth Yatra, to narrate a seven-year pilgrimage made by Lord Swaminarayan throughout India during His teenage.
Sanskruti Vihar (Boat Ride)
It is a 15 minutes ride on a boat through 10,000 years of India’s glorious heritage, which is from historical Vedic India to present discoveries and new inventions by the scientists. And a look which specifies the current look of the world.
The musical foundation called as Yagnapurush Kund is considered as the India’s Pushkarani (step wells). It contains a very large queue of steps to reach the Yagnapurush kund. During the night, there will be musical foundation show played to the devotees on the steps of Yagnapurush kund. The kund is built according to the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Panchratra shastra.
Garden of India
Garden of India is also called as Bharat Upavan. The garden contains more trees and shrubs, manicured lawns, and it adds the beautiful sculptures of Women, freedom fighters, various national figures, warriors of India, children etc. It houses the notable sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi.
Additional features of the temple includes:
- Yogi Hraday Kamal – A sunken garden, shaped like a lotus
- Nilkanth Abhishek – a ritual of pouring water on to the deity of Lord Swaminarayan
- Narayan Sarovar – a lake that surrounds the main monument.
- Premvati Ahargruh or Premvati Food Court – a vegetarian restaurant modelled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves
- AARSH Centre – Akshardham Centre for Applied Research in Social Harmony, which applies research of social harmony and related topics.
The temple remains open from morning 09.30 AM to evening 06.30 PM.
Buses are operated by the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), which is connected with all major cities. Delhi is connected by Road to various parts of the country through several National highways.
The nearest railway station to Swaminarayan Akshardham is Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station which is 7 Km from Swaminarayan Akshardham.
The nearest airport to Swaminarayan Akshardham is Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi which is 20 Km away Swaminarayan Akshardham.
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