Akshardham Mandir - Most Famous Temple in Delhi
The Largest Hindu Temple Complex in the World
The Akshardham temple is located on the banks of river Yamuna on National Highway - 24 in Delhi, India. It was built by the Bochasanvasi Shri Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha and was inaugurated in the year 2005 by the President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The temple stretches over an area of 100 acres and was completed in two years. The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 43 m high, 96 m wide, and 110 m long, and is covered top to bottom with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. The temple is believed to attract millions of domestic and international tourists from all over the world every year.
The Akshardham temple is entirely made of sandstone and marble and consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India’s great devotees and divine personalities. The Akshardham Temple of Delhi has recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest Hindu temple complex.
Places of Attraction
There are various places to visit inside the Akshardham Temple. These include:
Exhibitions - Hall of Values, Theatre, Sanskruti Vihar
Garden of India
Timings to visit Akshardham Temple
The Akshardham temple in open on all days, except Monday from 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM. The timings for exhibition may vary in summer and winter.
How to reach Akshardham Temple
The Akshardham temple is well connected with the New Delhi as well as Old Delhi railway stations. However, the nearest Railway station is Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. The nearest ISBT is Sarai Kale Khan, and the nearest metro station is Akshardham metro station. The nearest International airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is at a distance of around 25 Kms.
To see the places of attraction in Delhi, check out: Delhi.
To see other famous Indian Pilgrimages and Temples, check out: Pilgrimage Centres in India.