Sunday, 10 March 2013

Akshardham Temple Gandhinagar Gujarat

Akshardham Temple Gandhinagar is one of the largest temples in the Indian state of Gujarat. The temple complex combines devotions, art, architecture, education, exhibitions and research at one place which is spread in an area of 23 acres.It is built in 6000 tonnes of pink sandstone and not a bit of steel has been used. The temple is 108 ft in height, 240 ft in length and 131 ft in width. A point worth noting is that this modern monument to Hinduism was built as per the injunctions of Vastu Shastra.The monument enshrining the seven foot high, gold-leafed Murti (idol) of Lord Swaminarayan is the focal point of the complex.  
Akshardham Temple Gandhinagar

The monument stands on 7 sculpted pillars, 210 single-piece stone beams, 57 window grills, M domes, eight ornate zarokhas, etc. The sanctum sanctorum contains the 1.2 tonne gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of the sect that bears his name, shown in a sitting posture with his right hand raised in abhay mudra. He is flanked by Swami Gunatitanand on his right and Swami Gopalanand Swami on his left. Both of them were his disciples. Swami Gunatitanand is called Swaminarayan's Akshardham, the eternal abode. According to the Swaminarayan philosophy whenever Lord Swaminarayan incarnates on this planet he brings with him his Akshardham.

Location: Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Built in: During 1979 -1992
Built by: Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Dedicated to: Swaminarayan
Attraction: One of the largest temple complexes in Gujarat Highlights: Intricate architecture & various exhibitions
Best time to visit : The Month of October to March 

How to get here 
Aprocha by Road: Gujarat has one of the better developed road networks in India. Ahmedabad is well connected with all major cities and towns by road. Prominent bus stops are located at Gitamandir near Kalupur Railway Station and Paldi. Regular bus services are available by Gujarat state transport buses and private operators to all the major destinations of the state.
Nearest Railway Station : Kalupur Railway station
Nearest Airport : Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport at Ahmedabad

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