The Architectural Splendor
| Look Beyond
Akshardham Temple in New Delhi
dedicated to 18th century saint 'Swaminarayan'. The followers of this holy
saint is believe that Swaminarayan was an incarnation of god and hence
worship him with great devotion. Designed in typical Indian style of
architecture, it is an architectural marvel of Delhi. Made out of red sand
stone, there are hundreds of pillars, domes, windows, built with the help of
3 million man power in five years.
Big, Very big. Michael Rana
answered this when
we asked her how she find Akshardham Temple. Most of the tourists are
actually impressed by the huge size of this ruling mass.
This grand edifice sprawls over an area of over 100 acres, which consists
of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a
Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of
India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
Constructed of pink sandstone from Rajasthan and white marble from Italy.
The pink stone symbolizes Bhakti (Devotion) in eternal bloom while the white
marble stands for absolute purity and eternal peace. The temple has been
constructed without using a single iron rod. It's just the fine placement of
these stones that provide strength to the building.
As one enters the grand monument, its huge pink sandstone domes seem
sprouting above the banks of Yamuna River. Each wall, pillar, surface and
dome is adorned with statuary fairies, peacocks, elephants, cows and vines.
They aspire so lively that none can keep his eyes off this marvelous
structures of beauty. With sprawling gardens and majestic fountains, one
would never wish to leave the place and would love to rest here, forever.
Also pronounced as devotional Disneyland, there are a number of attractions
within the temple like sound and light show, 3-d animated studio and
exhibition halls. By spending a few rupees, you can have a vie of these paid
attractions. One can follow the story of Bhagwat Geeta with walkie-talkie
mannequins. Following the crowd, one would feel like experiencing a roller
coater ride and would be electrified with devotion with which people visit
this place and worship here.
During the weekends, there is a mad rush to have a glimpse of Swaminarayan.
There are images and idols of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses that have
been kept inside the temple. Brilliant walkways lead to the large halls,
where these idols have been placed interestingly.
India Gate :
This monument speaks a
history which needs to be seen and not read. The monument was made in
memories of soldiers who laid down their lifes in the second world war.
Nothing much you would be left with no words to say.
"It was an awesome experience. I was quite overwhelmed by the
phenomenal edifice which spans over a huge area of Delhi adds
By Air :
Delhi is accessible from all the parts of the
world by air.
By Rail :
Delhi can be reached easily by railways from
any part of India, as it is well-connected with all the important railway
tracks of India.
By Road :
Delhi has well-defined Road routes services.
So, for the people, who are residing in the nearby places from Delhi can
reach Delhi easily by bus or any other means of road transport.
Your Stay : Hotels in Delhi
Excursion : Agra
Many thanks to Michael Rana, who shared his experience with
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