Akshardham Temple Gujarat
Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat
Built By :
Pramukh Swami Maharaj
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of the biggest temples in India, Akshardham Temple is a place which promotes
Indian art, culture and values. The foundation stone of this temple was laid
by the spiritual leader of BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Abar Purushottam
Sanstha), Parmukh Swami Maharaj on 14th December 1979 and it was opened for
common people on October 30, 1992 . Akharadham Temple complex nicely
combines devotions, art, architecture, education, exhibitions and research
at a single spot and it is popular among tourists visiting the state of
Akshardham Temple is a place where art is ageless, culture is borderless
and morals are timeless. Moreover, it takes you to a world of peace and
Bochasanwasi Shri Abar Purushottam Sanstha (BAPS)
BAPS Sanstha is a social, spiritual and charitable NGO of international
level and is affiliated with the United Nations. BAPS performs more than 150
social activities, through its 9,000 centres (temples), 700 monks, 55,000
volunteers and over a million followers. Akshardham, Gandhi Nagar is a part
of BAPS's culture and educational activities.
Architecture of the Temple
Built in traditional Indian architectural style, Akshardham Temple radiates
a spiritual aura into the temple complex. The main structure measures 240 ft
in length, 108 ft in height and 131 ft in width. The temple is encircled by
1,751 ft (534 mts) long colonnade. An architectural masterpiece, the
exquisitely carved stone structure is made from 6000 tons of pink sandstone
brought from Rajasthan. The imposing 10 storey building enshrines seven feet
high gold-leafed idol of Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham Temple has three
floors namely - Hari Mandap, Prasadi Mandap and Vibhuti Mandap. On the
first floor, there is a museum.
Hari Mandap (Main Floor) :
Prime attraction of
Swaminarayan Temple is the Hari Mandap where devouts start their day with
prayers and meditation, work or study honestly and spend hours in serving
other visitors. In addition, five principal vows are followed here that
include No Adultery, No Alcohol, No Stealing, No Meat and No Impurity of
body and mind. By following such moral purity and spirutal surety, you can
add a deeper brilliance to all the social services performed for betterment
Prasadi Mandap :
In this Mandap, you can see the
garments, articles and other holy relics used by Lord Swaminarayan. The
scientifically restored and honorably displayed holy relics satisfy the
spiritual thirst of the visitors who visit the temple.
Vibhuti Mandap (Upper Floor) :
Vibhuti andap presents the
divine philosophy and personality of Lord Swaminarayan through his own
sacred scripture - The Vachanamrut. Here, you will find every visitor
involved in voluntary services and if you wish, you can also involve
yourself in such services.
Beautiful Gardens :
Named as 'Sahajanand Vun',
the garden is an interesting blend of speculative garden and childrens'
park. The garden covers an area of 7,625 sq. kms and here you will see a
single-piece marble statue of Lord Swaminarayan. The gardens boast of
cultural spots, herbal garden, lakes, waterfalls, rock gardens and spray
fountains. In brief, you can see nature at her best. A garden full of fun,
frolic and fantasy, the 'Sahajanand Vun' offers exciting leisure
options like dragon ride, bouncing giraffe, swinging pirate boat, flying
saucer, cute baby train, thumping bumper cars, etc.
Research Centre AARSH :
Situated in the peaceful
surroundings of Akshardham Complex, Akhsardham Centre for Applied Research
in Social Harmony (AARSH) is a unique research centre which houses a
well-maintained library, study stations and archives. The research centre is
a seat of education, drawing inspiration from the past, studies the present
and provides solutions for the future. With variety of activities, the
research centre brings the scholars together to exchange their thoughts for
bringing social harmony. You can't visit the library of the research
centre as entry is restricted to enrolled scholars only.
Akshardham, three permanent exhibition halls have been set up to educate the
visitors on various spiritual matters and also on the BAPS movement. These
halls are Sahajanand, Sat Chitanand and Nityanand.
In Sahajanand hall, the life story of Lord Swaminarayan is
exhibited through imaginative settings and shows. Other attractions of the
exhibition hall include 'travel in time' video show, sound and
light show, fiber-optics cosmos, miniature replica of Chhapiya village and a
Journey through India.
Sat Chitanand Hall :
Sat Chitanand Hall has a huge
14-screen multimedia presentation hall where an exposition of Vedic
philosophy and man's search for the eternal truth are presented through
a wonderful imagery. In addition to 14-screen multimedia presentation, other
exhibition include a 'Tunnel of Mirrors,' a beautiful glass mosaic
and lovely dancing musical fountains.
Nityanand Hall :
Nityanand Hall houses dioramas and
fiberglass images displaying the message of the popular mythologies,
Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Noted exhibits include an
audio-animatronics show, a replica of the Hastinapur palace of the
Mahabharata, a recreation of Gurukula set in the lap of mother nature,
devotional compositions of saint poets and an exposition of 'Harmony of
How to Reach
By Air :
Nearest airport is situated in Ahmedabad which
is connected to important places of India. From Ahmedabad airport, you have
to hire taxi to reach Akshardham Temple.
By Rail :
Ahmedabad and Gandhi Nagar are two major
railway stations which are served by several trains from various parts of
By Bus :
State transport and private buses connect Gandhi
Nagar with various places of Gujarat and neighbouring states.
Local Transport :
Taxis, Autos, Cycle-rickshaws are local
modes of transport.
Places Where You Can Stay
In Gandhi Nagar, sufficient accommodation options are available at
reasonable rates. You can stay at Souverign The Heritage Hotel and Gujarat
State Financial Corporation Lodge. Apart from these, Youth Hostel is also a
good place to stay in Gandhi Nagar.