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Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
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Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, constructed by the BAPS foundation and inaugurated on the 6th of November 2005 is claimed to be one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of India - Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain, the Akshardham Monument has been built using only marble and the red-sandstone that Delhi is famous for. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River in east Delhi, the temple has already become one of the most important tourist destinations in the city.

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.

It epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur brilliantly showcasing the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

The Temple consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of 148 stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities. The inner sanctum or the Garbhagruh has an 11 feet high statue of Lord Swaminarayan surrounded by statues of his first five disciples. Each of these statues is made of Paanch dhatu (five metals) in accordance with hindu tradition.

Akshardham temple was built at a cost of Rs. 200 crore by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in fulfillment to the wish of his guru, Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. In only a short timespan 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. It was completed in only 5 - years a world record of sorts.


Some of the interesting things to do inside include:

 

Hall of Values - Universal values for mankind presented through audio-animatronics and light and sound diorama presentations from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Boat Ride - A 12-minute fascinating boat-ride experience of 10,000 years of India's glorious heritage. Learn about the discoveries and inventions of the rishi-scientists of India, see the world’s first university of Takshashila and sail through the caves of Ajanta-Ellora.

Musical Fountain - An intriguing combination of a large stone step-well and a Vedic yagna kund with a colorful musical fountain that echoes Vedic sentiments and prayers.

Garden of India - Sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and exquisite bronze statues of India's child gems, valorous warriors, national figures and great women personalities inspire visitors with values and national pride.

Visitors are requested to make note of the fact that there is a strict ban on all electronic items including cameras, tobacco and pretty much everything except the clothes on your back. Thankfully there is a cloakroom where visitors can leave their worldly belongings.

Some Facts:

Height: 141.3 ft

Width: 316 ft

Length: 356 ft

Inauguration: 6-11-2005, Kartik Shukla Panchmi, Labh Pancham, V.S. 2062

Organizer: BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

Creator: HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj

 

Address – N. H. 24, Near Noida Mor, New Delhi

How to Reach – The temple is located near Noida in East Delhi. The best way to reach would be to take a bus or auto to the temple as there is no Metro station nearby.

TimingsTuesday - Sunday 9 AM-7 PM (Mondays Closed)

 

Reference:

Akshardham Temple website.

 

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25 Comments

Guest wrote query at 12:45:48 AM on January 25, 2007

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i would like to convey my thanks to provide such a nice n useful news and i think u did best as u can do. sir i want to know that from Akshardham Mandir, which interbus station is nearer n how long it would take to reach. i would be highly obliged to you thanking you. mohit mailinmohit@gmail.com

anujgupta wrote Akshardham Temple at 03:04:30 PM on January 25, 2007

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Hi Mohit

The nearest bus terminal to Akshardham Mandir would be ISBT (kashmere gate) if you r coming from delhi and if he is coming from trans yamuna side then it would be Anand Vihar Bus terminal.

From both the places you can get a bus for Akshardham Mandir and it would take around 30 mins to reach there.


I hope i able to answer your querry

Regards

Anuj

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Guest wrote Hotels near Akshardham at 11:55:42 PM on April 21, 2008

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How to reach Akhsrdham from Nizzamuddin rlw stn. which are the best econonimc class hotels around. Can you help me Sir, Reply me on "82.mehul@gmail.com" Mehul
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Guest wrote contact number at 10:35:20 AM on July 4, 2009

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Hi Anuj

admin wrote Contact number at 01:49:23 PM on July 4, 2009

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Hi, Here are the contact numbers for Akshardham temple (011) 2201 6688, 2202 6688

sarfrazyusuf wrote Things to Do at the Temple at 08:52:50 PM on March 17, 2007

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Some of the interesting things to do and places to visit inside the temple include:

Hall of Values - Universal values for mankind presented through audio-animatronics and light and sound diorama presentations from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

Boat Ride - A 12-minute fascinating boat-ride experience of 10,000 years of India's glorious heritage. Learn about the discoveries and inventions of the rishi-scientists of India, see the world’s first university of Takshashila and sail through the caves of Ajanta-Ellora.

Musical Fountain - An intriguing combination of a large stone step-well and a Vedic yagna kund with a colorful musical fountain that echoes Vedic sentiments and prayers.

Garden of India - Sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and exquisite bronze statues of India's child gems, valorous warriors, national figures and great women personalities inspire visitors with values and national pride.

Visitors are requested to make note of the fact that there is a strict ban on all electronic items including cameras, tobacco and pretty much everything except the clothes on your back. Thankfully there is a cloakroom where visitors can leave their worldly belongings.

Guest wrote Tajmahal With Delhi Akshardham Tours at 10:38:53 AM on May 20, 2007

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Offers customised & tailormade tours to fascinating Akshardham temple.

Guest wrote Sarai Khale khan is the at 02:36:35 PM on May 22, 2007

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Sarai Khale khan is the nearest Inter state bus terminal. From there you cab cat bus no. 534 (Rs. 2) to reach to Akshsrdham tempe

Guest wrote Akshardham temple was built at 04:27:12 PM on January 13, 2008

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Akshardham temple was built at a cost of Rs. 200 crore by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in fulfillment to the wish of his guru, Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. In only a short timespan 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. It was completed in only 5 - years a world record of sorts.
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Guest wrote hotel accomodation near akshardham at 12:19:27 AM on January 23, 2008

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dear sir, i want to visit the temple and would like to know the following getting there information 1)how far is the temple from the international airport. 2)need a list of budget priced hotels near the temple, so i can plan my visit accordingly. 3) if possible, rough estimate of taxi fares and time taken to reach the temple. thank you. Jay dave.e mail..davejay14@yahoo.co.uk

Guest wrote Hotel accomodation near akshardham at 07:51:23 PM on March 2, 2008

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Request to guide about affordable hotels aroud the temple. Regards, Hemal hemal_r_parmar@yahoo.com

hirenp_1983 wrote know about Akshardham at 12:03:58 PM on April 18, 2008

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Hi

  I m Hiren Patel and i m satangi in BAPS sanstha how to look this temple and how many people visit on a day. I want saw this temple but i haven't time so i want take just knowledge. When this Temple Opening that time I came there for seva about one month. I want Gansham Maharaj's Photo so i request Can U attachment  Gansham Maharaj's Photo and Guruparampara's Photo by my mail address send.

 

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anujgupta wrote you can add content to the site ... at 07:40:33 PM on April 19, 2008

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Hiren, if you have the image of Gansham Maharaj and if you are a registered member of www.DelhiLive.com then you can add the image on the site yourself ... Just login to the site and check the Create menu on the top rt hand site of the page or else visit http://www.delhilive.com/node/add Alternatively you can reach us at admin@delhilive.com

Regards

Anuj Gupta

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Guest wrote jay swaminarayan. i'm at 05:26:14 PM on February 3, 2009

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jay swaminarayan. i'm Satsangi.and i'm belong to ahmedabad.nice temple

Guest wrote Hi at 08:28:57 PM on May 12, 2008

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hi, I'm Jai I'm doing a project on Swaminaran Akshardham. and i need to know that how much does it cost to get inside of it and any hotels near it. contact me at jai.japan@yahoo.com thank you

Guest wrote Jai Swaminarayan ! at 04:20:51 PM on December 17, 2008

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Jai Swaminarayan !

Guest wrote i m proud of akshardham at 04:49:34 PM on May 19, 2009

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i m proud of akshardham temple. i want to see this temple in near future.
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Guest wrote hotels in nearest Akshardham Mandir at 12:45:26 AM on May 30, 2009

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dear iam jagdish my brother come in delhi with faimly a few hours he will come on 31.05.09 & get on return on same day on evning flights so please sugges me .the nearest budget hotel he will come in morning at 07;00 am fro haridwar to delhi plz reply immidate THANKS>

Guest wrote contact number at 10:39:08 AM on July 4, 2009

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Hi:- Anuj Please contact the E-mail address and cell number my e-mail address

Guest wrote Information at 12:01:06 PM on January 19, 2010

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Dear Sir, I would like to visit Akshardham temple in Noida during May 2010 with my family. I would like to know affordable accomodation (for day stay only and not night stay) available near Akshardham and the places to visit in Akshardham. How far it is from New Delhi railway station? How to get there from New Delhi railway station? Regards, Dhiresh
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Guest wrote Reply at 12:44:58 PM on March 4, 2010

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Hi Dhiresh,
First of all May will be hot month for you to visit, so prepare urself accordingly. sun glasses, umbrella, caps are must. you can spend ur full day in the temple itself, food also available (veg only). from Railway station you can take METRO and reach the Temple. This is approx 25km away from Station.
In Temple u can ejoy the temple itself with great architecture, garden, live shows with boat ride, food counters etc.

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Guest wrote simple math: 300 million at 11:35:02 PM on October 18, 2010

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simple math:

300 million hours of work
11,000 VOLUNTEERS
5-Years

given 2 hours of break time, each "volunteer" worked 16-17 hours/day for 7 days a week

this temple was built on SLAVE LABOR.

in a country with such a high poverty level, people, especially "the moral ones" should be creating jobs. this is disgusting!

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Guest wrote akshardham at 05:20:59 PM on November 20, 2010

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akshardham jevu biju koi smarak nathi aa fakt bhagvan nu jkam che JAI SWAMINARAYAN

Guest wrote i hate coz they built the at 04:21:10 PM on January 17, 2012

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i hate coz they built the temple with spent of more than 5,00,00,00,000 Rupees.. i think it is big amount to make 25,000 family to eat continues 1000 days.. india has lots of poor people.. we need to get out of those poor people instead of making new temple... ect..

Guest wrote how to reach from Akshardham Metro Staion to BAPS temple ? at 11:36:16 AM on February 5, 2012

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what is the difference between both the location. please let me know about bus/auto fare for that.

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