Akshardham Temple in Delhi is a major tourist attraction. Standing on the banks of river Yamuna, this spectacular temple complex is a sure eye candy for all the tourists visiting India for its culture and architectural glory.
Akshardham Temple is also known as Akshardham Mandir. The word, “Akshardham” means the divine and eternal abode of the supreme God. This spectacular temple complex consists of around 20,000 sculptures and statues of deities. The main structure of the temple stands on 148 huge elephant structures. There are several exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre, musical fountains and sprawling gardens spread across the temple complex.
Built in 2005, Akshardham Temple is managed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. The temple complex is famous for its fine architecture and Ornate Pillars. To add to this, there is the Audio Animatronics Show called Sahajanand Darshan that is a sure crowd-puller. The idea behind the temple was created by the great Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The temple is also recognized as one of the finest and largest Hindu Temple in the world.
The temple is also listed in the Guinness book of World Records. One of the most interesting facts about this temple is that steel has not been used for its construction.
The Akshardham Temple has 234 beautifully carved pillars supporting the structure along with 9 Ornate Domes, and 20 Quadrangle Shikhars. Tourists need to spend at least 3-4 hours to visit the entire complex.
Food lovers would be happy to see the well-designed restaurant inside the temple. This restaurant is modeled on the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves of India. Other attractions include Yagnapurush Kund, the Musical Fountain and the Yagna Kund, which is the World's Largest Sacrificial Fire.
Visitors can also enjoy the Epic Period Film that is showcased here in the temple premises. This film features the exciting and inspiring pilgrimage of Neelkanth Varni a Child-yogi of 18th Century.
Visiting hours to Akshardham are between 9 am to 9 pm from Tuesday – Sunday. On Mondays, the temple remains closed for visitors.