Akshardham or Swaminarayan temple is one of the very unique and modern architecture temples in India which attracts not only the people within its boundaries, even tourists from several countries can be seen here daily, there are two Akshardham temples one is in Gandhinagar. Gujarat and another is in the heart of this country, New Delhi. The architecture or design is the same in both the temples.
The meaning of the word Akshardham is the Divine Abode of God. This temple was built on 14 December 1979 by Pramukh Swami, and the foundation was completed in1985 but the completed complex was inaugurated on 4 November 1992. Now it has become a major and popular attraction amongst the devotees and tourists. This temple is a centre to encourage art, culture and values of India.
It covers an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of the main shrine, a large prayer hall, exhibition halls, a beautiful garden and research centre. It was built from 6000 tonnes of pink Rajasthani sandstone and four other kinds of stones,
Here within the temple premise, you can visit an Exhibitions and documentary screenings related to the Swami Narayan. Sat-Chit-Anand name of a water show.
Opening/ closing timings
Exhibitions :10:00 am – 05:30 pm It's chargeable for everyone (Ticket counter is open till 0530 pm)
Water show : starts just after sunset for 45 minutes and it is chargeable for all nationals. Show language is Hindi.
Pure vegetarian Restaurant: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
It is open all day, except Monday and entry is free for all nationals.
How to reach
The nearest airport/ Railway station is in Ahmedabad and from here you can hire a cab/ auto for Gandhinagar which is around 45 minutes drive.
Well, Akshardham temple which is situated on the bank of River Yamuna, is one of the beautiful temples and has become a main attraction of Delhi for the tourists from all over the world. Its construction was started on 8 November 2000 and after competing, it was opened for the public on 6 November 2005, This temple has many things for a visitor like a beautiful garden where you can enjoy evening light and musical water show for 24 minutes, a hall of values where you will see the life of Swaminarayan in robotic displays with sound and music and you can hear the dialogues, it teaches the morality, non violence etc, also boat ride will take you during Vadic period where Swaminarayan acts and brief the way of life of Indians during vedic period. Next you will visit Nilkanth Darshan, it is a theatre where you will see the film about the pilgrimage undertaken by Swaminarayan which is so interesting.
If you feel hungry, don't worry here you will have a pure vegetarian restaurant where you can enjoy Indian and continental food items with soft beverages.
After having a meal you can see the beautiful architecture and design of an Elephant in its complex and a charming garden will fill your eyes with its flare.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International airport and from here you can hire a cab.
Also, it is well connected by Metro train (Akshardham Metro Station)
Opening/ closing timings
Exhibitions :10:00 am – 08:00 pm
It's chargeable for everyone (Ticket counter is open till 0600 pm)
Water show : starts just after sunset for 24 minutes and it is chargeable for all nationals. Show language is Hindi.
Restaurant: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm
Visiting hours : 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM and free entry (Monday Closed)
You must visit this temple once in your life as it is the incredible hindu shrine which you will not find anywhere while entering in this temple something might annoy you, maybe you have to wait in a long queue and have to wear off all leather items like wallet, belt, purse etc, which you shall find inside so don't worry as these all are for your safety and security. Except this everything is just awesome.
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