Akshardham Temple holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple and its construction was based on the ancient Pancharatra Shastra, a Hindu scripture on architecture and deity carving. We explore… Copy: As an epitome of Indian culture, architecture, and spirituality, the Akshardham Temple is a world-renowned spiritual and cultural complex.
It is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and holds the record for being the largest, most comprehensive Hindu temple in the world. Known for its stunning architecture, the Akshardham Temple comprises eight flamboyantly-carved mandapams. You can also see priceless Hindu teachings and numerous devotional traditions on the walls of the temple.
The centerpiece of the temple is a massive idol of Lord Swaminarayan. Besides this, there are idols of over 20,000 other deities, sages, and several different personalities. The temple embodies the very essence of Indian traditions, architecture, and timeless spiritual thoughts. Akshardham means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity, and peace.
The Akshardham Temple Architecture in Delhi is similar to its sister complex in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Its construction was overseen by a team of eight holy men and scholars of the Pancharatra Shastra, a Hindu scripture on architecture and deity carving.
More than 11,000 artisans, construction workers, and volunteers helped build this outstanding structure which today stands tall as an example of India’s rich cultural and religious heritage. Akshardham Temple is located near the banks of River Yamuna in east Delhi and features about 20,000 statues, floral motifs, beautiful arches, and intricately carved pillars.
The sprawling lawns of Akshardham Temple are spread over 100 acres and adorned with stunning water fountains and skillfully carved pavilions. The temple covers an area of 86,342 square feet and is 356 feet (109 m) long, 316 feet (96 m) wide, and 141 feet (43 m) high. The temple complex also features exhibitions on events from the life of Swaminarayan and the history of India.
There is also an IMAX theater in the complex and a musical fountain based on the message of the Upanishads. Akshardham Temple also holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple.
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