One more chapter is written in Indian Monuments history on 7 Nov. 2005, when the magnificent Akshardham Temple in Delhi has been constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
The inaugural ceremony was attended by President APJ Abdul Kalam and the temple was formally inaugurated by Pramukhswami Maharaj who leads the BAPS.
Build over an area of 100 acres on the banks of the Yamuna River, it took more than 2 years for construction and costed around Rs.2 billion
The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues and many arches. Besides the Swaminarayan temple the complex consists of the main monument, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre and a musical fountain, surrounded by a garden.
It took over 300 million man hours of services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans. The Akshardham monument, Built inch to inch according to the ancient Sthaapatya shastras of India, is built without steel, and is entirely composed of sandstone and marble.
The temple which
depicts the Hindu mythology and Indian culture promises to attract lakhs of tourists every year with its religious tourism.
The entire Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex is closed on Monday.
Akshardham Temple Delhi Timing ( Best Time To Visit Akshardham Temple ) : -
Complex : - First Entry 9.30 am, Last Entry 6.30 pm
Exhibitions : - 10.30 am to 6.00 pm
Musical Fountain : - 7.45 pm (Please note that timings will change as per season, depending on Sunset timings.)
Entry Ticket : -
Entry into the Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex is Free.
Entry to the Mandir and Gardens is Free.
But you have to purchase ticket if you want to enjoy Exhibitions shows of Hall of Values ( 60 Minute ), Boat Ride ( 15 Minutes ), Theatre ( 40 Minutes ).