Akshardham Temple– Gandhinagar 0 319

  •  Akshardham, a Hindu temple standing tall among 23-acre green manicured grassland. Akshardham you see with many arches are made from Pink Sandstones
  • There are various plants and trees that are trimmed to create animals and many iconic things. .
  • It will be surprising to know that there are no steel or iron used in the construction of the temple.
  • The temple belongs to the Hindu religious sect called Swaminarayan Sampradaya.
  • The temple faced a terrorist attack just like the Bombay Taj Hotels in the year 2002

Interesting Points:

  • Thousands of artisans were commissioned to create this intricate carving on the Sandstones and Marble flooring
  • The gold-leaf idol of 7 feet tall religious leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the center of attraction at the Temple
  • Akshardham as a Hindu Temple is the identity of the capital of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.
  • The exhibition, gallery show, film docudrama and the fountain becomes the major attraction of every new visitor

Architecture

  • The temple is constructed from 6000 metric tonnes of sandstones
  • It is 131 feet wide and 240 feet long and features 97 carved pillars
  • There are 17 domes, 8 balconies, 220 stone beams & 264 sculpted figures

History/Mythology/Story

  • The temple was inaugurated on 30 October 1992.
  • An Akshardham bigger than this is in New Delhi

Key Points

  • This temple is the only temple of a religious sect Summer like Iscon.

Whats Around

  • Dandi Kutir

Things to do

  • Indroda Dinosarus Park, NID (Gandhinagar) Photo Gallery

Restaurant: 

  • Water restaurant, Toran Gujarati Thali

Local Finds: 

  • Soda shop, ice-cream, juices and nashta shops

A must to do:  Eat no onion, no garlic Khichdi, Kadhi

Pro tip: Buy ayurvedic items and incense sticks from the store

Conservation: The religious organization and trust takes care

Cover Image Courtesy : Russ Bowling , License
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