Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom an d bliss. It brilliantly showcases 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 Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and thousands of BAPS volunteers. Heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple, the complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.
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.
For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions.
1. Akshardham Mandir -
A traditional mandir (temple) dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan that reflects the beauty and spirituality of India’s ancient art, culture, and architecture.
The beautiful mandir built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
The mandir is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. Akshardham was created by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj 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.
2. Nilkanth Varni Abhishek -
A hallowed spiritual tradition in which prayers are offered for world peace and continual peace for oneself, family, and friends with the water of 151 holy rivers, lakes and ponds of India.
3. Hall of Values-
(Audio Animatronics Shows)
Experience the timeless messages of Indian culture featured through the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
The principle theme of sculpting one’s life for happiness, success and peace of mind is portrayed in this exhibition. The exhibits portray the messages of ahimsa, endeavor, prayer, morality, vegetarianism, family harmony, etc. through fifteen 3-D dioramas and presentations from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Exquisite settings and statues in each diorama are brought to life through robotics, fibre optics, light and sound effects, dialogues and music; transporting the audience to 18th century India.
4. Giant Screen Film- Neelkanth Darshan
(85' X 65' Screen)
An epic period film featuring an exciting and inspiring pilgrimage of Neelkanth Varni, a child-yogi, of 18th century India. This unique period film, Neelkanth Darshan, was shot in the icy peaks of the Himalayas in the north to the pristine shores of Kerala in the south. The large format film depicts India’s holy places, festivals and spiritual traditions on a giant screen that is over six stories high. Neelkanth Darshan is the first ever wide format film filmed in India and produced by an Indian organisation.
5. Boat Ride-
(India's Glorious Heritage)
A 12-minute spectacular boat-ride experience of the 10,000 year old India’s glorious heritage.
6. Water Show -
Based on the Kena Upanishad, this water spectacular show uses modern media to tell an ancient story. The 24 minute show is a breath-taking presentation of water, lights, music, lasers, projection, animation, fire and live acting. All of these elements bring to life a divine dialogue of the Devtas. Varun, Agni, Vayu, Surya and Indra come to realise the source of ultimate peace and everlasting joy, ‘Sahaj Anand’, after a dialog with kids who challenge their powers.
The show’s message is to live without ego and pride – a spiritual way of overcoming daily stress. Believing God to be the all-doer frees one from ego and pride and allows one to experience Sahaj Anand – true, deep, innate joy.
Unique in its message and presentation, the water spectacular show mesmerizes audiences and energizes spectators towards living a better, happier and more peaceful life.
The creative director of the Sahaj Anand Water Show is acclaimed French designer Yves Pépin. BAPS sadhus and volunteers made the whole production possible, with the sadhus and volunteers taking up responsibilities ranging from water engineering, construction, technical design, show engineering, show programming, music composition and mixing, mechanical effects design and fabrication.
7. Garden of India - Bharat Upvan
Bharat Upvan exudes a magnificent natural and cultural ambience through its manicured lawns, lush gardens and wonderful bronze statues of the great role models of India. India's child gems, valorous warriors, freedom fighters, national figures and great women personalities inspire visitors with values and pride for our great nation.
8. Yogihriday Kamal -
This is a special lotus of auspicious sentiments.
Yogiji Maharaj, the who dreamed of Akshardham, always prayed, “May God do good of all.” He had infinite faith in God and man.
Every petal of Yogihriday Kamal reflects the auspicious sentiments of Yogiji Maharaj.
Ever since time immemorial great thinkers, scientists, writers, international personalities, saints and sages from every corner of our earth have expressed their prolific faith in the religious scriptures, God and man. Here, every petal inspires with messages from internationally renowned personages about faith in God and faith in man.
An iota of this faith can
Transform the face of our world,
And also one’s own life.
On NH 24, Akshardham Setu
Nearest Metro Station:
First Entry: 9:30 AM
Last Entry: 6:30 PM
10 AM to 5PM
Free | No Ticket
Exhibition: Fee / Ticket
Adults : 170
Senior Citizen : 125
Child (4-11 yrs) : 100
Child (Below 4 yrs) : Free
Musical Fountain: Fee/ Ticket
Adults : 30
Senior Citizen : 30
Child (4-11 yrs) : 20
Child (Below 4 yrs) : Free
Day Closed: Mondays
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