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Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple New Delhi, India

What is it?
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of Indias ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through Indias glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The grand, ancient-styled

A monotheistic concept
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. Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in

The Mandir
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 Indias great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities. The mandir is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone

Introductory Videos
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Hall of Values
Experience the timeless messages of Indian culture featured through the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The principle theme of sculpting ones 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

Diorama

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Giant Screen Film


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 Indias 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. http://www.mysticindia.com/

Mandovar : this is the largest carved Mandovar in India with dimensions of 611ft x 31ft. Gajendra Pith: weighing 3,000 tons, has 148 full-sized elephants, 42 birds and animals, 125 human sculptures Bharat Upvan: has manicured lawns, lush gardens and wonderful bronze statues of the great role models of India. Yagnapurush Kund : is a fascinating combination of a Vedic yagna kund and a musical fountain. Neelkanth Varni :an exciting and inspiring pilgrimage of a child-yogi, of 18th century India. Temple epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. Garbhagruh : On 13 July 2010, a newly designed inner sanctum, was inaugurated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj within the Akshardham complex. The new garbhagruh includes a decorated, canopied sihasan, upon which the murti of Swaminarayan rests and features intricate carvings and gold-leafed designs.

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The Boat Ride


A 12-minute spectacular boat-ride experience of the 10,000 year old Indias glorious heritage.
Savor the worlds oldest Vedic village life and bazaar Sail through Takshashila the worlds first university Journey through the labyrinth of ancient discoveries and inventions by the great rishi-scientists of India

Musical Fountains
The fascinating web of life on earth is intricate, precise and beautiful. Its fragile network shows an uncompromising interdependency between man, nature and God. Therefore what we receive for sustenance by way of earth, water, fire, air and space, we need to repay and sacrifice with body, mind and heart. To fulfill this function in life, Indias great sages and rishis established the yagna tradition. They chanted mantras, offered grains and ghee in a sacrificial fire

The Yagnapurush Kund is a fascinating combination of a Vedic yagna kund and a musical fountain. It is the world's largest yagna kund measuring 300' X 300' with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. In its center lies an 8-petaled lotus shaped yagna kund designed according to the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Panchratra scripture.

Garden of India
Through the millenniums people have always looked up to role models for inspiration, guidance, peace and courage. Their sterling lives radiate a perennial glow for the whole of mankind, regardless of all human, geographical and cultural distinctions. India, which has the most ancient civilization in the world, that hosts one sixth of humanity and has the largest democracy in the world, has produced from its vast cultural matrix a legion of role models for the world to emulate. Bharat Upvan exudes a magnificent natural and cultural ambience through its manicured lawns, lush gardens and wonderful

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