Location: Delhi, Near Noida Mode, NH24
Area: 100 acres
Founded By: Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha
Inaugurated On: 7th November 2005
Inaugurated By: Pramukhswami Maharaj
Dedicated To: Lord Swaminarayan
Timings: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
The Akshardham Temple of Delhi has been built by the Bochasanwasi
Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, the same organization that
built the Akshardham Temple of Gujarat. The temple is situated in East
Delhi area, near the Akshardham Flyover. Spread over an area of 100
acres, it stands adorned with 20,000 statues, floral motifs, arches and
exquisitely carved pillars. The construction work on this huge temple
complex started in the year 2003 and it took approximately 2 years to
complete it fully.
Pramukhswami Maharaj, the head of Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam
Swaminarayan Sanstha, inaugurated Akshardham Temple of New Delhi on 7th
December 2005. The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the then
President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. A visit to the temple is the
perfect way to explore the amazing world of Indian culture and get a
unique view of the Hindu religion. Bordering the main temple complex are
flourishing lawns, which stand adorned with water fountains and carved
The grand temple complex is situated on the embankment of the River
Yamuna. BAPS society incurred an expenditure of 2 billions on the
construction of this magnificent monument. The main building inside the
complex rises to a height of 141-ft and enshrines a magnificent statue
of Lord Swaminarayan. One can see a marvelous amalgamation of pink stone
and pure white marble in the construction of the Akshardham Temple of
Delhi. The pink stone symbolizes endless Bhakti (devotion), while the
white marble stands for absolute purity & eternal peace.
There are three halls inside the premises of the Akshardham Temple,
where exhibitions are organized on a regular basis.
Hall 1 (Sahajanad Pradarshan)
Sahajanad Pradarshan exhibition is organized in hall number one and
showcases life like robotics and panoramas. Scenes from Swaminarayan's
life, conveying his message of peace and harmony, also form a part of
Hall 2 (Nilkanth Kalyan Yatra)
Hall number 2 has Delhi's first format screen and showcases Nilkanth
Kalyan Yatra, the journey of Lord Swaminarayan during his teenage years.
Hall 3 (Sanskruti Vihar)
The Sanskruti Vihar exhibition of hall number three provides you a peek
into the 10,000 years of Indian history in just 10 minutes.
One of the major attractions of the Akshardham Temple of New Delhi is
the light show at Yagnapurush Kund, India's largest step well. The
visitors can enjoy the musical fountain and light show at night only.
The temple complex also has a garden called Bharat Upavan (Garden of
India), with brilliantly laid-out lawns. It also houses bronze
sculptures of some great Indian personalities. Yogi Harday Kamal, a
lotus-shaped sunken garden inside the complex, is engraved with quotes
from famous personalities, like Shakespeare and Martin Luther King.