Akshardham
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Brief

Located at New Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham is one of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites in India that epitomises the grandeur of Indian culture in its true sense. The beauty and wisdom that the temple showcases through its architecture and tradition of the past 10,000 years of Indian culture is an experience that should not be missed. The journey that one embarks while taking a tour of the temple is an enlightening one.

 
Travel Tips

Akshardham Temple opens at 9:30 am and closes at 6:30 pm.

Akshardham Temple is a sacred place and hence, smoking and alcohol consumption, tobacco chewing, drugs and liquor is completely prohibited.

Electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, cameras, etc. are also prohibited.

Visitors are not allowed bring pets inside the temple complex.

No outside food is allowed. Pure vegetarian meals are available at Premvati Food Court inside the temple complex.



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Things to do

Akshardham Temple upholds the grand Indian culture inclusive of art, cultural values, harmony and happiness of mankind and wisdom. This ancient style was built within a time span of five years. The building was built with the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) along with the efforts of close to 11,000 artisans and the volunteers from BAPS. The temple was inaugurated and opened for the public on November 6, 2005.

Akshardham is a major Hindu pilgrimage site in India that showcases its mandir, exhibitions, magnificent gardens and attractions. The mandir of Akshardham consists of 234 beautifully carved pillars, nine domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a magnificent Ganjendra Pith or the plinth of stine elephants and 20,000 statues of the country’s greatest spiritual saints and personalities. The temple is a mix of pink and white marbles that symbolizes bhakti, purity and peace.

The Hall of Values hosts exhibitions and shows based on the spiritual messages based on the life and experiences of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The exhibition consists of non-violence or ahimsa, prayers, vegetarianism, maintaining harmony amongst the family, endeavour and morality showed through 3D presentations and walk-in dioramas. There are statues in the dioramas that are brought to life with the use of fibre optics, dialogues, light, sound and music and use of robotics. The audience can experience the life and times of the 18th century. The audience can expect a new message in each of the presentation.

Another attraction at Akshardham Temple is the giant screen film. It showcases a period film on the pilgrimage of a child yogi from 18th century, Neelkanth Varni. Titled, Neelkanth Darshan, the film had been shot in the Himalayas and at the shores of Kerala. The film is a visual treat for the audiences as it takes a tour of the many holy places, various festivals and spiritual and cultural traditions of India. Don’t miss out the 27 feet bronze statue of Neelkanth Varni standing in a determined pose kept outside the film theatre.

Sanskruti Vihar is the 12- minute boat ride experience given to the audiences to know and understand the rich culture of Indian heritage spanning over the past 10,000 years. One can sail through Takshashila (world's first university) as well as the different discoveries and inventions done by the saints and scientists of India.

Another major attraction at Akshardham temple area is the Musical Fountain. Also known as Yagnapurush Kund, this is a magical combination of musical fountain with a vedic yagna kund. This grand kund measures about 300' X 300'with around 2870 steps along with 108 small shrines. An eight petal lotus shaped kund is placed in the centre. It is best to visit this place in the evening because it comes to life during this times and echoes the vedic chants and sentiments through its colourful musical fountain show.

Bharat Upvan is a huge stretch of manicured lawns and gardens. Yogihriday Kamal is a specially constructed lotus that has sacred sentiments. These are also some of the attractions at Akshardham Temple.

 
Places to Stay

Since the temple is located in the capital city of India, all types of accommodation are available for people to stay depending on their preferences and budget.

 
How to Reach

  • The capital city of India is well connected with other places in India and abroad when it comes to air travel. Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi has facilities of both domestic and international flights.
  • Like air travel, railways also provide a major connect to the capital city. New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway stations are the major junctions that tourists and travelers can travel through.
  • is very convenient to reach Akshardham Temple by road. Akshardham can be reached via metro from local Rajiv Chowk area. There are many buses that runs especially for tourists along with other regular buses available at the important depots in the city. Local auto-rickshaws, taxis or cabs are also available.

 
Surrounding Attractions

In and around Akshardham Temple, there are a few more places that should also be explored. Following is a list of those places:

  • IP Park: This renowned green park, also known as Indraprastha (IP) Recreation Place, is located ta external Band Road in eastern Delhi. This is a very elegant, charming and attractive place with vegetation growing and has places for people to do yoga or brisk walk in the morning.
  • Raj Ghat: Located at the banks of River Yamuna, this place is famous for Mahatma Gandhi's memorial. There are two museums also dedicated to the Father of our country.
  • Laxminarayan Temple: Designed by BR Birla during mid-1940s, this temple is dedicated to Hindu goddess Lakshmiji along with God Narayana. The temple area has a lot of shrines and a huge garden. Janmasthami and Holi are two festivals which witnesses a lot of crowd flow here.
  • Connaught Place: A happening and always buzzing place in New Delhi, Connaught Place is a shopping paradise, an area housing many private or public companies and a place where all types of restaurants and eateries are available.
  • Pragati Maidan: This place hosts the mega events and conferences scheduled to take place in New Delhi. This is a major display centre for many of the business entities which hold exhibitions and witness many people coming from all across the country and globe.
  • Common Wealth Activities Village: This is located near River Yamuna and is a centre for athletes to train for national and international games. There are mainly five zones and is available for para sports athletes as well.
 
Important Numbers

+91 11 2202 6688: Temple administration

1091: Women’s Helpline

100 : Police and Fire-station Emergency Number