Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Akshardham Temple Delhi

The Akshardham Temple is three of the most recently built temples in Delhi. Constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), it is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was inaugurated in Novenmber'05 in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam. It is spread over an area of 100 acres & took about three years to complete. Akshardhaam Temple of New Delhi is built in an architectural style similar to that of the Akshardham temple of Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. Its construction is based on the ancient Sthaapatya shastras of India & it is built without steel, entirely out of sandstone & marble.

Approximately 234 ornate pillars, floral motifs, arches, exquisitely carved pavilions, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants), adorn this architectural wonder. There's 20,000 statues inside Akshar Dham Mandir of Delhi of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas & divine personas. Other features of the Akshardham Temple are an IMAX theater, a Swaminarayan temple, & an elaborate musical fountain. The area around the temple building has been converted in to manicured lawns with stunning water fountains.

The main shrine of the New Delhi Akshardhaam temple houses the statue of Lord Swaminarayan. There is an Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace inside the temple complex. Along with that, there is as well as a restaurant modeled on the Ajanta & Ellora caves & an Ayurvedic bazaar. Combining Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal & Jain temple architecture, the mandir presents a magnificent sight. This temple is a major tourist attraction & counts amongst the wonders of modern India.

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