Hey yo Guys, I Hope you have enjoyed reading my previous post Khajuraho the Untold Story
and Taj Mahal the Epitome of Love
,this time I’ll take you to something divine,some eternal love with God which connects with you when you visit this place yeah its Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple masterpiece of Indian culture
in Delhi which is becoming a must visit on the itinerary of tourist to Delhi.
This Temple is a masterpiece of ancient Indian culture, culture that is 300 years old which showcase India’s Art, Architecture,Culture,Values and Wisdom as a tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. which just celebrates the past,addresses the present and blesses the future, So its time to take you to the past and then returning to the present with my experience and with some Do’s and Don’ts when visiting the Akshardham Temple in Delhi also some tips about where to watch out for hotels near Akshardham Temple
CHAPTER 1: Traveling to Akshardham Temple.
This time me along with my elder brother Chetan planned to visit this place in evening, because this temple looks extremely beautiful in evening when the sun is down, lights of temple are on and you’ll see a exceptionally beautiful architecture with sharp colored lights falling on it making you to think that if someone hung the moon and the stars and the evening water show, of course,I would suggest you choose the evening time if possible, coming back to my experience me and my brother were staying in Noida for some time and both were in a mood to visit some place as the weather was awesome bit cloudy perfect for travelling, Akshardham was very near to us and we have heard so much about it so we took metro from Noida sector 16 travelled to Akshardham Metro station at around 5 pm, 15-20 mins travelling we were at our vogue destination, we took exit no. 2 and from there 150 m walking distance you will reach the security check post.
CHAPTER 2: Entering the Akshardham Temple (security checkup)
The Akshardham temple is quite serious about security, so if you plan to visit do note the only things that are allowed to carry inside the premises of the temple are :-
Things Allowed in Akshardham Temple.
- Reading Glasses
- Shoes / Hat
- Wallet (Not Purse) / Belt.
- House Key/ Vehicle Keys.
Things that are Not Allowed in Akshardham Temple.
- Mobile Phones/Cameras/ Radio and another electronic item.
- Food and drink from outside.
- Bags and other Luggage
- Improper,disrespectful dress
- Smoking,alcohol,tobacco and addictive substances.
I would suggest you remember above points and leave all the not allowed items in your vehicle and you will be able to avoid the queue to deposit and to retrieve these ‘non-permitted’ items from the cloakroom.
The temple sees 1000’s of visitors every day so it’s better to avoid long queue,as it smoother your experience of your visit, Initially we were not knowing such rules of the temple, so we waited in the queue filled the form of items deposited and then moved towards the security checkup where guards of the temple will check your wallet belt and clothes and then you are allowed to enter the temple premises.
Quick Tip : Hotels near Akshardham temple
The nearest place from Akshardham temple is Mayur Vihar there you can find the best hotels to stay I would suggest you Hotel Holiday INN which is a 3 star hotel with good location, alternately you can stay at Hotel Jukaso Inn, Sunder Nagar which is a bit less costly but very good hotel in the price range.
CHAPTER 3: Swaminarayan Akshardham
The Swaminarayan Akshardham the ‘eternal abode’ of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, is a 100-acre cultural complex with the sprawling facility was constructed in 5 years with 11,000 artisans and volunteers, as I mentioned it showcases the India’s art ,culture, architecture, values, and wisdom.
Akshardham is a place of pure devotion and spiritual bliss and it’s true that your mind becomes still and the soul connects with the divine.
When you enter the premises you will admire and appreciate the Hand-carved sculptures of god and goddesses over Rajasthan pink sandstone and marble, walking further you’ll see Das Dwar(The Ten Gates)
Das Dwar(The Ten Gates)
It symbolizes the ten principal directions described in Indian culture and reflect the Vedic sentiments of inviting goodness from everywhere for the benefit of all, each and every gate has its own significance.
- Bhakti Dwar(Gate of Devotion)
- Mayur Dwar(The Peacock Gates)
- Charnarvind(Holy Footprints)
Bhakti Dwar(Gate of Devotion), the ornate stone entrance offering of pristine bhakti – devotion – towards the dual forms of God and his devotee (Bhakta-Bhagwan). Devout Hindus offer their bhakti to Akshar-Purushottam, Lakshmi-Narayan, Sita-Ram, Radha-Krishna, Parvati-Shiv, Nar-Narayan and others. The Bhakti Dwar has 208 beautifully carved pairs of Bhakta-Bhagwan bestowing their blessings on all.
Through the Bhakti Dwar or Gate of Devotion, one enters Akshardham’s Visitor Center. The Visitor Center greets everyone with a display of bells to welcome all that is good. In the Visitor Center, one will find volunteers ready to assist in planning one’s time at the Akshardham complex. Informative posters help introduce the complex and its different components, exiting the Bhakti Dwar you will see the massive Akshardham Temple in front of you at a distance of 50 meters , walking towards the main temple you will see Murties (Deities) beautifully carved in the stone, murties of God and Goddesses and elephant depicting the ancient wisdom and value tales of India in generally three themes Elephant with Nature, Elephant with Mankind and Elephant with God.
Note:- Footwear must be removed before entering the mandir, you can put your footwear at the Boot House the person will give you the token.
CHAPTER 4: The Main Temple
After submitting your footwear at boot-house, you will see there is white colored square shaped floor and the normal black floor all around, there is a concept in it, during summers the black floor heats up so people cannot easily walk over it because it will burn your foot but white on the other hand is used which does not heats up that much, one can easily walk on those square shaped white box floor nice concept isn’t it, so after using some stairs you will enter the temple where the Murties(Deities) under the exceptionally carved central dome of Mandir the Murtis of Bhagwan Swaminarayan with his spiritual successors are enshrined in Golden Colour, and also enshrined are the murties of Shri Sita-Ram, Shri Radha-Krishna, Shri Lakshmi-Narayan and Shri Parvati-Mahadev.
Inside the Akshardham mandir, you will also see som
Swaminarayan is displayed:
- A cloth with an imprint of his holy footprints.
- Wooden sandals
- Nails,hair,holy thread, and ashes
- A dhoti and shawl
- Wooden necklace
Some other displays are also like eight giant paintings depicting the life and work of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and also the paintings depicting the life and work of the five spiritual gurus.
e sacred relics of Bhagwan
External Mandir Wall
The External wall of Mandir is 25ft high, it comprises of beautifully carved stones including 200 sculpted figures honoring the great deities, acharyas, rishis and philosophers of Indian culture and many forms of Ganeshji.
CHAPTER 5: Main Attractions
There are many attractions into the premises of the Akshardham Temple in evening you can see the Water Show which creatively blends lasers, light, fire, fountains, animations, video projection and lives interaction to portray an enthralling spiritual message from the holy books, it is a must watch show real beauty through laser show and however it will cost you some 150-200 bucks
Lotus Garden situated amid lush green lawns, 8-petals lotus-shaped garden has the inspiring message of faith and wisdom from the sculptures and great thinkers of the world.
Books and Gift Center it offers you enlightening and informative books, audio and video publication and biopics of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and herbal items used for daily life.
Note: There is a registered photographer inside the premises, as he will take your picture with the background of the beautiful temple, it will cost you 130 bucks for a single picture.
Food Court is present inside the premises of Akshardham temple serves fresh, pure vegetarian food, snacks and drinks mainly south Indian food is being eaten by visitors as most of the visitors are from south India.
CHAPTER 6: General Information
Timings From Tuesday to Sunday (Monday Closed)
- First Entry : 9:30 a.m.
- Last Entry : 6:30 p.m.
- Murti Darshan is Free of Cost
- Exhibitions Fees apply
- Cloakroom Facility Free of Cost.
- Photo Booths Fees Apply.
So Guys, this was my Vogue Visit to the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple I hope you have gained some general information about the temple and learned about the culture of India and do note the following points that I have mentioned to trouble free your visit and with this saying you bye keep travelling and do share experience of your visit.
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