Sunday, 29 March 2015

Facts About on Akshardham Temple of Gujarat

The Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the entire state of Gujarat. Located in Gandhinagar city, the famous Akshardham temple is a place, which consists of a number of things under one roof like art, education, architecture, exhibitions and research. It is truly an architectural masterpiece.

Established in the year 1992, the Akshardham temple was built in the dedication of Lord Swaminarayan. The credit for laying the foundation of the famous Akshardham temple at Gandhinahar goes to the Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). The highlights of the Akshardham temple consist of the seven feet long idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the chief deity at the Akshardham temple.

The Swaminarayan temple of Gandhinagar is a modern complex, built in traditional Indian architectural style from 6000 metric tons of long lasting pink sandstone, from Rajasthan, and carved by expert artisans from Bansipahadpur.                                                                    

It stands tall with a height of 108 feet and 6000 tones of stone were used in its construction. The magnum opus monument in rock is built according to the Vaastu Shastra (architectural treatise) and not even an inch of steel has been used. The main shrine contains a 1.2 ton gold plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan. The 7 foot high idol is built in a sitting posture, with his right hand raised in abhay mudra. He is accompanied by two other idols of his disciples on both sides. Swami Gunatitanand is on his right and Swami Gopalanand on his left.


Hall 1 called (Sahajanand) exhibits and uses imaginative settings for showing and illustrating the life of Lord Swaminarayan. The exhibition showcases 'travel in time' through a video show, a fiber-optics cosmos, miniature recreation of Chapala village, three 'sound-n-light' shows.

Hari Mandap

Hari Mandap which is the Main Floor has been the Prime tourist attraction of Swaminarayan Temple where devottees start their day with prayers and meditation, work or study honestly and spend hours in serving other visitors. In addition, five principal vows are being followed here that include No Adultery, No Alcohol, No Stealing, No Meat and No Impurity of body and mind. By following these moral purity and spiritual thoughts it is believed that one can add a deeper brilliance to all the social services performed for betterment of life.

Prasadi Mandap

Prasadi Mandap is where one can see the garments, articles and other holy relics used by Lord Swaminarayan. The scientifically restored and honorably displayed holy relics provide satisfaction to the spiritual thirst of the devotees and visitors visiting the Scared temple.

Vibhuti Mandap

Vibhuti Mandap which is the Upper Floor presents the divine philosophy and personality of Lord Swaminarayan by the way of his own sacred scriptures The Vachanamrut. Here there are many people who are involved in voluntary services and if one wishes to can also involve himself/herself in such services.

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