The main attraction of Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex is Akshardham Temple. It is 141 feet (43 m) high, 316 feet (96 m) wide and 356 feet (109 m) long. It is intricately decorated with flowers, animals, dancers, musicians and followers.
It has been designed according to Maharishi Vastu Architecture. It is mainly made of Rajasthani pink stone and Italian Carrara marble. Its construction has been done according to Hindu Shilp Shastra and at the same time, metal has not been used in it like other historical Hindu temples. Steel and concrete were not even used while making it.
This temple has 234 decorated pillars, 9 domes and 20000 idols of sadhus, followers and acharyas. There is also a Gajendra Peeth in the lower part of the temple and there is also a pillar paying homage to the elephant and it is given great importance in Hindu literature and culture. In this, 148 huge elephants have been made, whose weight will be about 3000 tons.
Under the central dome of the temple is an 11 feet (3.4 m) high idol of Lord Swaminarayan seated in Abhayamudra.
Swaminarayan Temple is surrounded by the statues of the thoughts of the caste gurus. Every idol made in Swaminarayan is made of Pancha dhatu according to Hindu tradition. There are also idols of Sita-Rama, Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayan in this temple.
Another attraction of Akshardham Temple is the Garden of India, mainly the green lawns built in the temple area. Many bronze statues have been made in this garden, which are seen paying tribute to some great men of the country like soldiers, child heroes and great women and great patriots.
The main building of Akshardham temple is surrounded by a lake called Narayan Sarovar, in which about 151 huge lakes and rivers of the country are filled with water. 108 Gaumukhs are also built near the lake and it is believed that these 108 Gaumukhs represent 108 Hindu Gods.
There is also an attractive musical fountain show in this beautiful and enchanting temple. The show lasts for 15 minutes every evening. The show also depicts the cycle of life, which begins with the birth of a human and ends at death, only when the musical fountain is used.
Akshardham Temple has another attractive garden which is also called Kamal Bagh, which is named after its size. This garden is the embodiment of purity. It is said that many great men of history, philosophers and scientists had come to this garden.
The name of Akshardham temple is also included in the Guinness Book and World Records. Akshardham Temple is considered to be the largest Hindu temple in the world. Another special thing about this temple is that it took only five years to build it, it is definitely surprising. About 11000 artists and countless collaborators together built this huge temple, this temple was established in November 2005.
There is a lot of attraction in Akshardham for the attraction of the visitors. There are many buildings and attractive pillars in this temple. Which reflects the greatness and culture of Indian history. A movie screen is also installed in this temple in which a film based on the life of Lord Swaminarayan is shown.
There is also Yagnpurush Kund in Akshardham temple, which is also called Shabe Bada Kund of the world. 108 small shrines and 2870 steps have been built in this pool made in the shape of lotus. It is said that the shape of this pool is perfect according to the geometry. And this kund shows the greatness of the great mathematicians of Indian history.
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