Akshardham Monument, Delhi
Akshardham Temple is certainly among the beautiful crafted buildings in India. Opened to the public on 8 November 2005, the temple is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's largest Hindu temple!.
Location: Delhi, Near Noida Mode, NH24 Area: 100 acres Founded By: Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
The temple complex takes up 12 hectares of land and includes the temple itself, several parks, a museum, a large cultural center where one can learn about Indian traditions and customs, water canals, which you can traverse by boats, and lots of cafes and souvenir shops.
Inside the Temple no cell phones or cameras are allowed. Only things you are allowed to carry inside other than the clothes you are wearing ( cap/shawl/sweater, reading glasses, cooling glasses/shoes are all ok - knees need to be covered ) the only things you CAN carry with you are your wallet (not purse) and house/vehicle keys. No food items, no flowers, pen, paper etc. Leave all these behind in your vehicle and you will be able to avoid the queue to deposit and retrieve these "non-permitted items" at the cloakroom.
April to September 10am - 7pm
October to March 9am-6pm
The Akshardham temple with its huge complex measuring about 100 acres on the banks of river Yamuna in Delhi is the largest Hindu temple in the world. It was opened to the public on 8 November 2005. The architectural styles followed were typical Indian styles of Vastu Shastra and Pancharatna Shastra. The temple which depicts the Hindu mythology and Indian culture. It attracts about 70% of all visitors to Delhi and it is expected that in coming years the percentage is likely to increase. The construction took more than 2 years and costed a soaring amount of Rs.2 billion (USD 4.2 million) funded by millions of Hindus all over the world. There are 234 finely sculpted and designed pillars, about 20,000 statues and arches. There is the Swaminarayan temple, musical fountain, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre, a huge garden, a restaurant modeled on the designs of the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic bazaar. The temple is visible at a distance on way to Noida.
Inspired and created by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the complex took 5 years to build and showcases Indian art and heritage.
The focal point of the whole complex is the grand Akshardham Monument, which is built of pink stone and white marble. It is 141 feet high and features 234 intricately carved pillars, 9 domes and over 20,000 sculpted figures. Inside the monument you will find a 11 foot gold plated Buddha too.
There are many beautiful buildings to see and there are film presentations for a small fee as well as a boat ride which takes you through 10,000 years of Indian culture. Food is available.
Entry is free to the monument but no bags or cameras are allowed inside and must be checked into the cloakroom. Guide books can be bought for 5 and 50 rupees. Closed on Mondays. Timings are from 9am-7pm for the buildings, but some of the food courts are open until 10pm.
The Akshardham temple complex has been built on the banks of the serene River Yamuna and lies over a sprawling 100 acres of lush manicured lawns adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions.
The main monument at the Akshardham temple in Delhi is about 141-foot high and houses a lovely statue of Lord Swaminarayan.
The temple which depicts the Hindu mythology and Indian culture promises to attract lakhs of tourists’ every year with its religious tourism.
The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues and many arches. Besides the Swaminarayan temple the complex consists of the main monument, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre and a musical fountain, surrounded by a garden. It also got a restaurant modeled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic bazaar.