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Akshardham Temple

One of the most renowned temples of Gandhinagar, Akshardham Temple which is also known as Swaminarayan Temple is located just 2 km away from Gandhinagar.This is a big Hindu temple spread across 23 acres and was inspired by Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

Akshardham temple is at the centre of this complex and is built with the pink sandstone from Rajasthan.

The mandir is 108 feet high and features over 100 carved pillars, 17 domes, balconies, stone beams and 264 sculpted figures. Themandir is built on the Vedic architectural principles and there is no use of steel or iron in the construction of the mandir.

The mandir’s central chamber houses a gold leafed idol, seven-foot tall, or sacred image, of Swaminarayan.The idol rests upon a three-foot pedestraland weighs 1.2 tons.

VibhutiMandapam which is the first floor of the mandir features lotus-shaped displays. These scriptures describe the spiritual character of Swaminarayan. PrasadiMandapam  which is the basement of the mandir has historical display of the various sacred relics from Swaminarayan’s life.

The complex has five exhibition hall with audio and visual presentation. The Sahajanand and Neelkanthhalls depicts Swaminarayan’s work, life and teachings.

 

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