Thursday, August 19, 2010
The first thing that crosses one's mind or rather they must cross the mind is the name of the mandir, Akshardham. The very sound of which suggests a great sense of nomenclature meeting. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. The full tour mandir can be considered to consist of sub itenaries below for each darshanarthee or devotee.
The great central monument, other monuments of religious importance, such as fingerprints or doors of the Hall of ten values (fee) - 45 minutes, Audio Animatronics show the screen IMAX theater Neelkanth (Paid) - 40 minute film, Paseo Boat by the Heritage Indian artifacts and models (fee) - 12 min.
The beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 shikhars homer, a spectacular Gajendra Marrow (plinth of stone elephants) and murtis 20. 000 and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities. The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble of absolute purity and eternal peace.
Akshardham was created by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in fulfillment of the desire of his guru, Maharaj Yogiji Brahmaswarup, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. In just a short period of five years Swaminarayan Akshardham became a reality through the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 300 million man hours of epic services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans and the immense sacrifice, austerities , prayers of hundreds of thousands of young and old devotees of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The temple built under the auspices of the Swaminarayan Sanstha Aksharpurushottam Bochasanvasi (PAB), extends over an area of 100 hectares. The mega Akshardham temple complex has manicured lawns adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions. The temple is considered one of the wonders of modern India.
Temple Structure: The 141 feet high, 275 feet wide and 315 feet long, the temple is visible from a distance. The huge temple built of sandstone and marble is a mixture of various architectural styles of the temple. The temple houses a complex of 11 feet high, the image of Swaminarayan in the center of the main building. The palace and the temple is built around 12,000 tons of pink sandstone and white marble brought from Rajasthan. It consists of 234 delicately carved and ornate columns. The temple has 20 Shikhars (towers) and a beautiful Spinal Gajendra (plinth of stone elephants). The temple houses 20,000 statues of Hindu deities and motifs. The temple is carved with images of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians and the gods, covering areas from top to bottom.
Apart from the magnificent temple, the temple complex has two large exhibition halls, which represent the cultural heritage of India and Indian moral values. The complex has an Imax cinema, a canteen and meditation garden with fountains and bronze sculptures.
Yagnapurush Kund: The Kund Yagnapurush within the temple complex is the biggest step and India. The Kund is a series of steps leading to a traditional Yagna kund '. "
Bharat UPAV: The Bharat UPAV or "Garden of India 'has lush green lawns, trees and shrubs. The garden is dotted with several structures in bronze, representing the contributors to the culture of India.
Yodi Hraday Kamal: Kamal The Hraday Yodi is ingenious sunken garden, which looks like a lotus when viewed from above. It features large stones engraved with quotes from Shakespeare, Martin Luther King, Swami Vivekananda and Swaminarayan.
Attractions near Akshardham temple
National Zoo: The National Zoological Park, located near the Purana Qila (Old Fort) is considered one of the best zoos in Asia. The zoo, founded in 1959, is home to over 2,000 species of animals and birds that are brought here from continents such as Africa, America, Australia and parts of Asia.
Humayun's Tomb: The tomb is located a few kilometers from the temple. It was built by Humayun's wife Hamida Begum, in 1556. The tomb located on a huge platform in the middle of a lush garden, is an example of early Mughal architecture.
India Gate: Located on Rajpath, arch 42 meters high that was designed by Edwin Lutyens. It was built in memory of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War I soldiers' names are inscribed on the arches. The place surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies is an ideal picnic spot.
Red Fort: Built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this massive fort is made of red sandstone. The fort has many beautiful palaces and a museum containing weapons.
Jama Masjid: The mosque is located on the other side of the Red Fort. Built by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The mosque of red sandstone and white marble was built in the architectural style of Indo-Islamic.
Rashtrapati Bhawan: the construction of the President is located in central Delhi, near India Gate. The mansion is famous for its architectural splendor and historic importance.
Parliament House: Parliament House is located near India Gate. This is where political debates are held. The magnificent building has wide sidewalks and large rooms pillars.
Lotus temple: Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple is part of the Bahai community. Built in the shape of a lotus, the temple has no idol.
Air: International Airport of New Delhi is connected to major cities. Flights from all major cities of India and the world are available to Delhi
Rail: New Delhi, Delhi, Nizamuddin railway stations have trains from all major towns and cities of the country.
Path: Delhi is well connected by good network of roads with the rest of the country. Buses are available for the temple from different parts of Delhi and other nearby cities.
Local Transportation: local transport and buses operated by DTC State are available. Rental cars, taxis, auto rickshaws are also available.