Swaminarayan Temple
Delhi • India

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Swaminarayan Temple, Delhi, India
This magnificent Hindu temple is also known as Akshardham relatively new to Delhi being built in 2005 and contains an 11 foot gilded statue within the main shrine that is dedicated to Swaminarayan who famously travelled around India for 7 years and was the central figure of the Swaminarayan Faith.

The building itself was inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj who is the spiritual leader of BAPS. The Temple is made out of pink sandstone and marble contains hundreds of intricately carved pillars and domes, floral motifs, statues, domes and an amazing plinth of life size stone elephants.

Inside the temple there is a great deal of information about India's culture, architectural styles and general history which can be found in areas such as the Sahajanand Darshan which features some of the history of Swaminarayan as well as some life sized animatronics and 3D dioramas.

Within the Neelkanth Darshan there features a large video screen that recounts the pilgrimage that Nilkanth Varni took through India. This is followed by the Sanskruti Vihar Hall which allows visitors to sit in specially designed peacock boats and travel around an artificial river whilst learning all about India's 10,000 year history.

The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is situated within the Bharat Uphavan or Garden of India and is a wonderfully set out garden featuring many types of plants and trees as well as several well placed sculptures and fountains.

Within the garden there is also the Yogi Hraday Kamal which is a fantastic lotus shaped sunken garden which features many stones that have engravings upon them from greats such as Shakespeare and Martin Luther King inscribed on them and placed all around. The Yagnapurush Kund is a step well and is the location of the wonderful musical fountain show takes place in the evening.

Attraction Location Guide
The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is situated close to the Yamuna river