India is a land of temples, and some have managed to carve in and become known to the public thus we get to notice many tourists visiting the temple because of their popularity and also to worship the deity present.
Out of many temples that India has Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is one of the famous and most visited temples in the national capital. The temple was open to the public in the year 2005 which was built by many craftsmen who by using traditional methods carved some of beautiful exteriors and interiors. The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and other great sages of Indian History. And the temple of Akshardham carries an important message where Every Human has a God Particle and Every Human has different ways to serve humanity. According to Swaminarayan Hinduism, the word Akshardham means the abode of almighty Lord Swaminarayan and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth.
You would notice the intricate design of the temple where there are 10 welcoming gates. Upon entering you notice the statues of different gods such as Ram, Sita, Krishna etc. These statues are located at a place called Bhakti Dwar, once you leave this you would notice the footprints of Bhagwan Swaminarayan carved on white marble. At this region, you can notice an overview of the temple. The temple has 234 carved pillars, 9 breathtaking domes and more than 20,000 sculpted figures.
Similar to Akshardham Gandhinagar which is situated in the Indian state of Gujarat, Akshardham Delhi has its main shrine as a focal point and a central position of the entire complex. The sculpture of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is gold plated. Also, other deities such as Krishna, Radha, Narayana and Lakshmi, Parvati and Shiva are present here, you can notice beautifully carved domes and mandapams here. Upon closely inspecting, you can notice the story of Bhagwan Swaminarayan has been carved, take your time out and explore the mandapams. The mandir also contains around 148 life-sized elephants which weigh around 3000 tons.
The complex of the temple features an Abhisheka Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions namely Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan (an IMAX film on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage yogi, Neelkanth), and Sanskruti Darshan (cultural boat ride).
There will be a musical fountain held in the evenings here which lasts 24 minutes which tells you the story of Kena Upanishad. It will be projected with multi-colour lasers, video projections, water jets and surround sound system. The boat ride here is another popular exhibit which is a 12- minute ride and showcases over 10,000 years of glorious heritage depicting life-size figurines, robotics etc of various contributions of India to the world. This includes figurines of Charaka, Sushrutha, Kalidasa, Chanakya, Sir J.C. Bose, Sir C.V. Raman, Swami Vivekananda and many others.
The temple is open every day from 09:30 – 20:00hrs except on Monday with Arti held twice a day that is at 10:00 and 18:00hrs only. Items like Camera, Video camera, mobile phones, any other electronic devices, food and drinks, toys, pets are not allowed. Also, it is to be noted that this is a temple premises hence, it is forbidden to walk the premises with any kind of footwear if you have any items you need to check them in at a free cloakroom. Entry to the premises is Free of charge and you need to wear decent clothes as the dress code here is strict.