Essay On Akshardham Temple In Hindu

This article is about the Hindu cultural complex in Delhi. For other uses, see Akshardham (disambiguation).

Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India.[1][2] Also referred to as Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.

The temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi,[3][4] was officially opened on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.[5] It sits near the banks of the Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games village in eastern New Delhi.[6] The temple, at the centre of the complex, was built according to the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra shastra.

The complex features an Abhisheka Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions namely Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan (an IMAX film on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage yogi, Neelkanth), and Sanskruti Darshan (cultural boat ride). According to Swaminarayan Hinduism, the word Akshardham means the abode of almighty Lord Swaminarayan and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth.[7][8]


Akshardham Mandir[edit]

The main attraction of the Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is the Akshardham Mandir. It rises 141-foot (43 m) high, spans 316-foot (96 m) wide, and extends 356-foot (109 m) long. It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities.

Designed in accordance with the standards of Maharishi Vastu Architecture, it features a blend of architectural styles across India.[10][11] It is entirely constructed from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. Based on traditional Hindu architectural guidelines (Shilpa shastras) on maximum temple life span, it makes no use of ferrous metal. Thus, it has no support from steel or concrete.[12]

The mandir also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis of sadhus, devotees, and acharyas.[13] The mandir also features the Gajendra Pith at its base, a plinth paying tribute to the elephant for its importance in Hindu culture and India's history. It contains 148 life sized elephants in total weighing a total of 3000 tons.[14]

Under the temple's central dome lies the 11-foot (3.4m) high murti of Swaminarayan seated in abhayamudra to whom the temple is dedicated. Swaminarayan is surrounded by images of the faith's lineage of Gurus depicted either in a devotional posture or in a posture of service.[15] Each murti is made of paanch dhaatu or five metals in accordance to Hindu tradition. The temple also houses the murtis of SitaRam, Radha Krishna, ShivParvati, and LakshmiNarayan.[15]


Sahajanand Darshan [Hall of Values][edit]

The Hall of Values features lifelike robotics and dioramas which display incidents from Swaminarayan's life, portraying his message about the importance of peace, harmony, humility, service to others and devotion to God. Set in 18th century India, the audience experiences eternal messages gleaned from ancient Hindu culture such as non‐violence, vegetarianism, perseverance, prayers, morality, and family harmony through 15 3-D dioramas which make use of state of the art robotics, fibre optics, light and sound effects, dialogues, and music.[16][17] The hall also features the world's smallest animatronic robot in the form of Ghanshyam Maharaj, the child form of Swaminarayan.[18]

Nilkanth Darshan [Theatre][edit]

The theatre houses Delhi's first and only large format screen, measuring 85-foot (26 m) by 65-foot (20 m). The theatre shows a 40-minute film specially commissioned for the complex, Neelkanth Yatra, to recount a seven-year pilgrimage made by Swaminarayan made during his teenage years throughout India. Mystic India, an international version of the film produced by BAPS Charities, was released in 2005 at IMAX theatres and giant screen cinemas worldwide.[19] A 27-foot (8.2 m) tall bronze murti of Neelkanth Varni is located outside the theatre.[20]

Sanskruti Vihar [Boat Ride][edit]

The Boat Ride is a 15-minute journey through 10,000 years glorious heritage, using life size figures and robotics to depict life in Vedic India, from family life to bazaars and teaching. It also shows the contributions of Vedic Indians to various fields such as science, astronomy, arts, literature, yoga, mathematics, etc. by eminent persons like mathematician-astronomers Aryabhata and Brahmagupta, grammarian Pāṇini, contributors to the ancient art and science of Ayurveda like Sushruta and Charaka, Classical Sanskrit writer Kālidāsa, philosopher, economist and royal advisor Chanakya, among others. It shows the world's first university, Takshashila and the subjects taught there such as horse riding and warfare. It moves on to the Middle Ages to Sufi saints like Kabir and saints from the Bhakti movement such as Meera and Ramananda and then to recent times highlighting the contributions of modern Indian mathematicians such as Jagadish Chandra Bose, Srinivasa Ramanujan, C. V. Raman and Satyendra Nath Bose and philosophers like Swami Vivekananda.

Musical fountain[edit]

Musical fountain, also Known as the Yagnapurush Kund, is India's largest step well. It features a very large series of steps down to a traditional 'yagna kund'. During the day, these steps provide rest for the visitors to the complex and at night, a musical fountain show named Sahaj Anand - Multi Media Water Show is shown. Sahaj Anand Water Show is a breathtaking 24-minute presentation which unites a variety of intriguing media to bring to life a story from the Kena Upanishad. Multi-color lasers, video projections, underwater flames, water jets and surround sound in symphony with lights and live actors produce a captivating and inspiring presentation. International experts contributed their expertise with BAPS volunteers and sadhus to produce this one-of-a-kind presentation. [21][22] The fountain is named after the founder of the Hindu organisation BAPS, Shastriji Maharaj.[23] The fountain measures 300 feet (91 m) by 300 feet (91 m) with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. In its centre lies an eight-petaled lotus shaped yagna kund designed according to the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Pancharatrashastra.

Garden of India[edit]

Also known as the Bharat Upavan, this garden has lush manicured lawns, trees, and shrubs. The garden is lined with bronze sculptures of contributors to India's culture and history. These sculptures include children, women, national figures, freedom fighters, and warriors of India, including notable figures such as Mahatma Gandhi.[24]

Travel & Food

Easiest way to reach Akshardham Temple is by Metro. There is a Metro Station by the name of "Akshardham" right outside the

temple. There is an International Food Court by the name of "Platters Food Court" inside the Metro Station on the Concourse Level with many domestic and

International Food Brands. There is a Pure Veg Canteen which serves food without onion and garlic inside the Temple also.

Additional features[edit]

Yogi Hraday Kamal[edit]

A sunken gardinene, shaped like a lotus when viewed from above, features large stones engraved with quotes from world luminaries ranging from Shakespeare and Martin Luther King to Swami Vivekananda and Swaminarayan.[24]

Nilkanth Abhishek[edit]

Devotees offer abhishek, a ritual of pouring water on to the murti of Nilkanth Varni, and express their reverence and prayers for spiritual upliftment and fulfilment of wishes.[25]

Narayan Sarovar[edit]

The Narayan Sarovar is a lake that surrounds the main monument. The lake contains holy waters from 151 rivers and lakes that are believed to have been sanctified by Swaminarayan, including Mansarovar. Surrounding the Narayan Sarovar are 108 gaumukhs, symbolising Janmangal Namavali or the 108 names for god, from which holy water issues forth.[26][27]

Premvati Ahargruh[edit]

The Premati Ahargruh/the Premvati Food Court is a vegetarian restaurant modelled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, India and an Ayurvedic bazaar. The restaurant caters a variety of traditional dishes.[28]

AARSH Centre[edit]

The Akshardham Centre for Applied Research in Social Harmony or the AARSH Centre is a centre within the complex that applies research of social harmony and related topics. Scholars and students may conduct practical research through AARSH. Researchers have the ability to carry out their research projects and affiliate their papers with AARSH. Studies on education, medicare, tribal and rural welfare, ecology, and culture are conducted within the centre.[29][30]

Planning and development[edit]


The building had been planned since 1968 as a vision of Yogiji Maharaj.[31] Yogiji Maharaj, the spiritual head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha at the time, expressed his desire for wanting a grand temple built on the banks of the Yamuna river to two or three devotee families of Swaminarayan that resided in New Delhi at the time.[32] Attempts were made to start the project, however little progress was made. In 1971, Yogiji Maharaj died.

In 1982, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj's successor as the spiritual head of BAPS, started to continue fulfilling the dream of his guru Yogiji Maharaj and prompted devotees to look into the possibility of building the temple in Delhi. A request for the plan was put forward to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and several different places were suggested, including Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Faridabad. Pramukh Swami Maharaj stood firm in following the wishes of Yogiji Maharaj to build a temple on the Yamuna.

In April 2000, after 18 years, the Delhi Development Authority offered 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land, and the Uttar Pradesh Government offered 30 acres (120,000 m2) for the project.[33] Upon receiving the land, Pramukh Swami Maharaj performed puja on the site for success in the project. Construction on the temple began on 8 November 2000 and Akshardham was officially opened on 6 November 2005, with the building being completed in two days short of five years.[34]

Environmental clearance[edit]

An amendment to the Government of India's Environment Impact Assessment Notification of 1994 was made in 2004, which required that environmental clearance be granted to any parcel of land that falls under the Yamuna floodplain before beginning any construction activities.[35] Since Akshardham commenced construction activities in 2000, prior to the enactment of this amendment, it did not apply to Akshardham.[34] However certain NGOs and activists felt that the temple was constructed without obtaining the necessary environmental clearances.[36] On January 2005, the U.P. Employees Federation presented their case before the Supreme Court of India that the temple had not obtained necessary environmental clearances and that it would be harmful to the environment. After hearing the case, the Supreme Court observed that in the construction of Akshardham, all the Land Use Plans had been adhered to and clearance of expert bodies like the Central Water Commission and the National Environment Engineering Research Institute has been obtained. Thus, the Supreme Court ruled that the Akshardham construction was lawful and did not violate environmental norms.[37][38] Despite this ruling, some activists and politicians continued to assert that the Akshardham construction was illegal and posed a threat to the Yamuna River floodplains.[39][40] In a 2009 ruling on a related issue, the Supreme Court further clarified that it rejected as false the assertions that Akshardham did not have environmental permissions and was harmful to the Yamuna riverbed. It reiterated its earlier 2005 Ruling that Akshardham had received all necessary environmental permissions from Central Water Commission and NEERI, which is an autonomous body, and that the Akshardham site was not located on the Yamuna “riverbed” or “floodplain”, but 1700 meters away from the Yamuna River bank.[41][42]


A team of eight sadhus were assigned to oversee the Akshardham project.[32] The majority of the team had gained experience from work on the Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Delhi Akshardham's sister complex.[43] During development, Pramukh Swami Maharaj was consulted in many aspects of the monument's construction.[32]

Around 1997 and 1998, the idea to start development on the temple, by beginning the stone carving, had been requested. However, this idea was denied by Pramukh Swami Maharaj who believed that the construction should only start after the land was acquired. The initial work done on the site was on the foundation. Due to the soft river bank, the site wasn't considered ideal for construction. As a result, a deep foundation was imperative. To construct a stable foundation, 15-foot (4.6 m) of rocks and sand were entwined with wire mesh and topped by five feet of concrete. Five million fired bricks raised the foundation another 21.5-foot (6.6 m). These bricks were then topped by three more feet of concrete to form the main support under the monument.[32]

On 2 July 2001, the first sculpted stone was laid.[44] The team of eight sadhus consisted of scholars in the field of the Pancharatra Shastra, a Hindu scripture on architecture and deity carving. The sadhus watched over stone work as well as the research on carvings on Indian craftsmanship from between eighth and twelfth century. This research was done at various sites such as Angkor Wat, as well as Jodhpur, Jagannath Puri, Konark & temples of Bhubaneswar of Odisha and other temples in South India.[32]

Seven thousand carvers and three thousand volunteers were put to work for the construction Akshardham.[32] With over 6,000 tons of pink sandstone coming from Rajasthan, workshop sites were set up around places within the state.[45] Amongst the carvers were local farmers and fifteen hundred tribal women who had suffered from a drought and received economic gain due to this work. The initial stone cutting was done by machine, while the detailed carvings were done by hand. Every night, over one hundred trucks were sent to Akshardham, where four thousand workers and volunteers operated on the construction site.[32]

Opening ceremony[edit]

Akshardham was consecrated on 6 November 2005 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj[46] and ceremoniously dedicated to the nation by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,[47] the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and the Leader of the Opposition in the Indian Parliament, Lal Krishna Advani, with the presence of 25,000 guests.[32][48] After touring the central monument, president Kalam then gave a speech on where Akshardham fits with society, and finished by saying,

"Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj has inspired thousands of people across the country and abroad and brought together the best of the minds for creating a beautiful cultural complex. It has become a place of education, experience and enlightenment. It creatively blends the traditional stone art and architecture, Indian culture and civilisation, ancient values and wisdom and the best of modern media and technology. Multiple layers of this complex expresses the strength of the mind, willpower of the human being, indomitable spirit, flowering kindness, fusion of scientific and medical talent, myriad colors of varied cultures and ultimately the power of knowledge. In essence, it is a dynamic complex with lively images.

 ... Akshardham has happened at the dawn of 21st century with the commitment and dedication of one million volunteers. What has happened today at Akshardham inspires me and gives me the confidence that we can do it? The realisation of developed India is certainly possible before 2020 with the millions of ignited minds like you."[49]

Prime Minister Singh followed by hoping that this would usher in religious tolerance and praised the architecture of the complex.[32] He made note of it becoming a future landmark of India[48] while L. K. Advani called it "the most unique monument of the world."[32] Pramukh Swami Maharaj ended the night's speeches and expressed the wish that, "In this Akshardham, may one and all find inspiration to mould their lives and may their lives become divine. Such is my prayer to God."[50]

Garbhagruh renovation and other events[edit]

On 13 July 2010, a newly designed garbhagruh, or inner sanctum, was inaugurated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the main monument within the Akshardham complex. The new garbhagruh includes a decorated, canopied sihasan, upon which the murti of Swaminarayan rests and features intricate carvings and gold-leafed designs.[51]

Akshardham served as a featured attraction during the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. Through the duration of the Games, hundreds of athletes, teams, and enthusiasts from around the world visited the complex.[52] On 14 November 2010, the Swaminarayan Research Institute at Akshardham was inaugurated through an event organised by the women's faction of the organisation, highlighting the value of seva, or socially beneficial volunteer efforts, in society through mandirs, churches, mosques, and other places of worship.[53]

Guinness world record[edit]

On 17 December 2007, Michael Whitty, an official world record adjudicator for Guinness World Record, travelled to Ahmedabad, India to present a new world record to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, for the Akshardham complex.[54]

The record was presented for Akshardham as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple (certificate).[55][56]

The certificate states,

"BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, is the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple. It measures 356 ft (109 m). long, 316 ft (96 m). wide and 141 ft (43 m). high, covering an area of 86,342 sq ft (8,021.4 m2). The grand, ancient-style, ornately hand-carved stone temple has been built without structural steel within five years by 11,000 artisans and volunteers. Pramukh Swami, revered spiritual leader of BAPS, consecrated the temple on 6 November 2005. Akshardham showcases the essence of India's ageless art, borderless culture and timeless values.[57]

Upon presentation of the award, Michael Whitty stated, "It took us three months of research, poring over the extensive architectural plans of the Akshardham and also those of other temples of comparable size, visiting and inspecting the site, before we were convinced that Akshardham deserved the title..."[58]


Three temples, the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, and the Annamalaiyar Temple in Thiruvannamalai, all located in Tamil Nadu, India, are claimed to be larger than Akshardham. There are many temples around Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu that are larger than these 3 temples even; one such is Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram spread out in 40 acres. The trustees of these temples have reportedly disputed the Guinness World Record.[59]

The Meenakshi temple in Madurai has the length of 850 feet (260 m) and width of 800 feet (240 m). The entire area of this temple is 17 acres (0.069 km2), while the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam covers 15.6 acres (0.063 km2) and the Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai is 24 acres (0.097 km2).[60][61] Authorities at the Meenakshi temple have argued that construction area of the actual temple is more important than the land area.[59]

Authorities at the Meenakshi temple have also argued that temples are places for worship and therefore additional features and exhibitions are not components of a temple. According to Kurien, use of modern and most sophisticated technology is characteristic of BAPS.[62] In Modern Transmission of Hindu Traditions in India and Abroad, a former Leicester professor in the Religion Department, Douglas Brear, points out BAPS' concern to transmit comprehensive Hindu tradition in the twentieth-century.[63] He observes that the teachings are indeed transmitted, but the transmission mode "has to be sensitive to the needs of the times".[64]

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Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi
The mandir's central dome
The musical fountain and the statue of Neelkanth Varni in its background
The Yogi Hraday Kamal, a lotus shaped sunken garden
The Akshardham complex in Delhi
Construction on the Akshardham complex

दिल्ली शहर लोगो को आकर्षित करने वाला शहर है, यहाँ की संस्कृति और धर्म दोनों ही लोगो को आकर्षित करते है। आकर्षण की एक और वजह यहाँ बना अक्षरधाम मंदिर – Akshardham Temple भी है जो स्वामीनारायण मंदिर के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। यह मंदिर विश्व के विशालकाय मंदिरों में से यह एक है। इसका विशाल आर्किटेक्चर इसके इतिहास को बयाँ करता है। आइये इस मनमोहक और विशाल मंदिर की कुछ बातो को जानते है –

अक्षरधाम मंदिर का इतिहास – Akshardham Temple History In Hindi

अक्षरधाम या स्वामीनारायण अक्षरधाम मंदिर एक हिन्दू मंदिर है और भारत के नयी दिल्ली में स्थापित साहित्यिक-सांस्कृतिक स्थान है। यह मंदिर दिल्ली अक्षरधाम या स्वामीनारायण अक्षरधाम के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। इस मंदिर में लाखो हिन्दू साहित्यों और संस्कृतियों और कलाकृतियों को मनमोहक अंदाज़ में दर्शाया गया है।

दिल्ली में आने वाले 70% यात्रियों को अक्षरधाम मंदिर आकर्षित करता है। इस मंदिर को डॉ.ए.पी.जे. अब्दुल कलाम ने 6 नवम्बर 2005 को शासकीय रूप से खोला था। यह मंदिर यमुना के तट पर बना हुआ है और 2010 में खेले जाने वाले कामनवेल्थ गेम्स भी दिल्ली के इसी भाग में खेले गए थे। कॉम्प्लेक्स के बीच में बना यह मंदिर वास्तु शास्त्र और पंचरात्र शास्त्र के अनुसार बना हुआ है।

इस कॉम्प्लेक्स में अभिषेक मंडप, सहज आनंद वाटर शो, थीम गार्डन और तीन प्रदर्शनी (Exhibition) सहजआनंद दर्शन, नीलकंठ दर्शन और संस्कृति दर्शन है। स्वामीनारायण में हिन्दुओ के अनुसार अक्षरधाम शब्द का अर्थ भगवान के घर से है और भगवान के भक्तो का ऐसा मानना है की अक्षरधाम भगवान का निवास स्थान हुआ करता था।

अक्षरधाम मंदिर – Akshardham Mandir

स्वामीनारायण अक्षरधाम कॉम्प्लेक्स का मुख्य आकर्षण अक्षरधाम मंदिर है। यह 141 फूट (43 मी.) ऊँचा, 316 फूट (96 मी.) फैला और 356 फूट लंबा (109 मी.) है। यह जटिलतापूर्वक इसे फूलो, पशु, नर्तको, संगीतकारों और अनुयायियों से सजाया गया है।

महर्षि वास्तु आर्किटेक्चर के अनुसार ही इसे डिजाईन किया गया है। इसे मुख्य रूप से राजस्थानी गुलाबी पत्थरो से और इतालियन कार्रारा मार्बल से बनाया गया। इसका निर्माण हिन्दू शिल्प शास्त्र के अनुसार ही किया गया है और साथ ही दुसरे इतिहासिक हिन्दू मंदिरों की तरह ही इसमें भी मेटल का उपयोग नही किया गया है। इसे बनाते समय स्टील और कोंक्रीट का उपयोग भी नही किया गया।

इस मंदिर में 234 आभूषित किये हुए पिल्लर, 9 गुम्बद और 20000 साधुओ, अनुयायियों और आचार्यो की मूर्तियाँ है। मंदिर के निचले भाग में गजेन्द्र पीठ भी है और हाथी को श्रधांजलि देने वाला एक स्तम्भ भी है और हिन्दू साहित्य और संस्कृति में इसे बहुत महत्त्व दिया जाता है। इसमें 148 विशाल हाथी बनाये गए है जिनका वजन तक़रीबन 3000 टन होगा।

मंदिर के बीच के गुम्बद के निचे 11 फूट (3.4 मी) ऊँची स्वामीनारायण भगवान की अभयमुद्रा में बैठी हुई मूर्ति है। स्वामीनारायण मंदिर जातिगत गुरुओ के विचारो की प्रतिमाओ से घिरा हुआ है। स्वामीनारायण में बनी हर एक मूर्ति हिन्दू परंपरा के अनुसार पञ्च धातु से बनी हुई है। इस मंदिर में सीता-राम, राधा-कृष्णा, शिव-पार्वती और लक्ष्मी-नारायण की मूर्तियाँ भी है।

अक्षरधाम मंदिर का इतिहास – Akshardham Temple History

अक्षरधाम मंदिर के पीछे संस्था BAPS का हात है, जिसका अर्थ बोचासनवासी श्री अक्षर पुरुषोत्तम स्वामीनारायण संस्था से है। इसके प्रमुख स्वामी महाराज ने मंदिर को बनाने में मुख्य भूमिका निभाई है।

आज अक्षरधाम मंदिर दिल्ली शहर का मुख्य आकर्षण केंद्र बन चूका है और वर्तमान में अक्षरधाम मंदिर के बिना दिल्ली शहर की कल्पना करना मुश्किल ही नही नामुमकिन है।

भारत में अक्षरधाम मंदिर जैसे बहोत से इतिहासिक मंदिर बने हुए है, आज यही मंदिर भारत के इतिहासिक और इतिहासिक कलाकृतियों की बयाँ करते है। हमें भारत के इन मंदिर पर हमेशा गर्व होना चाहिए और गर्व होना चाहिए की आज भी हम एक ऐसे देश में रहते है जहाँ के लोग सदियों पुरानी परम्पराओ को आज भी मानते है।

अक्षरधाम मंदिर की कुछ रोचक बाते –Interesting Facts About Akshardham Temple In Delhi

1. अक्षरधाम मंदिर का एक और आकर्षण गार्डन ऑफ़ इंडिया है, मुख्य रूप से यह मंदिर के क्षेत्र में बना हरा लॉन है। इस गार्डन में बहुत सी कांसे की मूर्तियाँ बनी हुई है जो देश के कुछ महापुरुषों को श्रधांजलि देते हुए नजर आते है जैसे सैनिक, बाल हीरो और महान महिलाये और महापुरुष देशभक्त।

2. अक्षरधाम मंदिर की मुख्य ईमारत एक सरोवर से घिरी हुई है जिसे नारायण सरोवर कहा जाता है, जिसमे देश की तक़रीबन 151 विशाल सरोवर और नदियों का पानी भरा हुआ है। सरोवर के पास ही में 108 गौमुख भी बने हुए है और माना जाता है की यह 108 गौमुख 108 हिन्दू भगवान का प्रतिनिधित्व करते है।

3. इस सुन्दर और मनमोहक मंदिर में आकर्षित करने वाला एक म्यूजिकल फाउंटेन शो भी है। यह शो हर शाम 15 मिनट तक होता है। इस शो में जीवनचक्र भी दिखाया जाता है, जो इंसान के जन्म से शुरू होता है और मृत्यु पर खत्म होता है, इसे दिखाते समय ही म्यूजिकल फाउंटेन का उपयोग किया जाता है।

4. अक्षरधाम मंदिर में एक और आकर्षित गार्डन है जिसे कमल बाग़ भी कहा जाता है, इसका नाम इसके आकार के आधार पर ही रखा गया है। यह गार्डन पवित्रता का स्वरुप है। कहा जाता है की इतिहास के कई महापुरुष, दर्शनशास्त्री और वैज्ञानिक इस गार्डन में आये थे।

5. गिनीज बुक और वर्ल्ड रिकॉर्ड में भी अक्षरधाम मंदिर का नाम शामिल है। अक्षरधाम मंदिर को विश्व का सबसे विशाल हिन्दू मंदिर माना जाता है। इस मंदिर की एक और विशेष बात यह है की इसे बनाने में सिर्फ पाँच साल का समय लगा था, यह निश्चित ही आश्चर्यदायक बात है। तक़रीबन 11000 कलाकारों और अनगिनत सहयोगियों ने मिलकर इस विशाल मंदिर का निर्माण किया था, नवम्बर 2005 में इस मंदिर की स्थापना की गयी थी।

6. अक्षरधाम में दर्शनार्थियों के आकर्षण के लिए बहोत से आकर्षण है। इस मंदिर में बहोत सी इमारते और आकर्षित स्तम्भ बने हुए है। जो भारतीय इतिहास की महानता और संस्कृति को दर्शाते है। इस मंदिर में एक फिल्म स्क्रीन भी लगी हुई है जिसमे भगवान स्वामीनारायण के जीवन पर आधारित फिल्म दिखायी जाती है।

7. अक्षरधाम मंदिर में यग्नपुरुष कुण्ड भी है, जिसे विश्व का शबे बड़ा कुण्ड भी कहा जाता है। कमल के आकार में बने इस कुण्ड में 108 छोटे तीर्थस्थान और 2870 सीढियाँ बनी हुई है। कहा जाता है की इस कुण्ड का आकार ज्योमेट्री के हिसाब से एकदम परफेक्ट है। और यह कुण्ड भारतीय इतिहास के महान गणितग्यो की महानता को दर्शाता है।

यह भी पढ़ें :-

  1. कोणार्क सूर्य मंदिर का इतिहास
  2. पद्मनाभस्वामी मंदिर का इतिहास
  3. श्री वेंकटेश्वर स्वामी तिरुपति बालाजी मंदिर
  4. खजुराहो मंदिर का रोचक इतिहास
  5. कमल मंदिर रोचक इतिहास 
  6. स्वर्ण मंदिर इतिहास और रोचक बाते

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