Swaminarayan Akshardham New Delhi

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Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham 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, was officially opened on 6 November 2005 by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. It sits near the banks of the Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games village in eastern New Delhi. 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 God and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth. The 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.

WHAT TO SEE

SWAGATAM

Akshardham Delhi‘Swagatam’- Welcome! Inside the campus, you will be greeted by the Welcome Gates followed by Bhakti Dwar. Passing through a Visitors’ Center, you can stop by to seek assistance from a volunteer to plan your visit or get a printed guidebook. Enjoy intricate carvings of Mayur Dwar and make a wish at Charanarvind – Holy Footprints. This ornate stone entrance symbolizes the 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.

MANDIR

Akshardham DelhiOffer your prayers to the deities in Garbhagruh, get blessed by the Mandapams – carved ceilings. On the first level, stroll outside through the Narayan Peeth – the bronze relief work. On the outside walls at the ground level, walk with elephants and experience their stories in Gajendra Peeth. Inside the mandir, each worshipfully carved pillar, ceiling and dome shares a story of devotion, offers darshan of a deity, or captures an incident from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

ABHISHEK MANDAP

Akshardham DelhiParticipate in a prayer for peace and for fulfilment of your wishes. Be part of a spiritual ritual and offer holy water to Neelkanth – the teenage-yogi form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Visitors can perform abhishek of the murti of Neelkanth Varni – the youthful, yogic form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. This ritual bathing of the murti is a uniquely participatory ritual, open to all visitors. An abhishek is most commonly accompanied by prayers for wish fulfilment. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan fellowship, consecrated this murti of Neelkanth Varni in 2005.

EXHIBITIONS

Akshardham DelhiArtistically mesmerizing, scientifically stunning, culturally moving, and spiritually elevating, the exhibitions create amazing environments capable of transporting viewers to ancient India. The exhibitions are comprised of three parts: Sahajanand Darshan – Hall of Values; Neelkanth Darshan – Large Format Film ; Sanskruti Darshan – Cultural Boat Ride; The exhibitions are displayed in three large halls, each with a unique display style. A source of education, information and inspiration, they are a fourfold combination of art, science, culture and spirituality. Artistically mesmerizing, scientifically stunning, culturally moving, and spiritually elevating, the exhibitions create amazing environments capable of transporting viewers to ancient India. A balanced fusion of ancient values and wisdom and the best of modern media and technology, the exhibitions provide a powerful, soul-stirring experience of Hindu heritage and universal values. The three halls are: Sahajanand Darshan – Hall of Values; Neelkanth Darshan – Large Format Film; Sanskruti Darshan – Cultural Boat Ride.

WATER SHOW

Musical fountain Akshardham DelhiSahaj Anand – A breathtaking spiritual multimedia water show.  Multi-color lasers, video projects, underwater flames, water jets and surround sound in symphony with lights and live actors produce a captivating and inspiring presentation of an important story from the Kena Upanishad. The Sahaj Anand Water Show calls the Yagnapurush Kund its home. An replica of grand traditional step-wells, it measures 300’ x 300’ and has 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. The nine-lotus design of the central pool is a replication of a ritual yantra or arrangement used in sacred Hindu ceremonies. At the head of the step-well is the 27 feet tall bronze murti of Neelkanth Varni. He presides over the step-well inspiring determination, devotion and courage in all who catch his sight.

THEMATIC GARDENS

Garden Akshardham DelhiA visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham’s two thematic gardens is a conversation with nature, history and culture. Learn about inspiring children, men and women from Indian history at the Bharat Upvan. Imbibe the wisdom of great minds from around the world at the Yogihriday Kamal.

Additional features

Yogi Hraday KamalAkshardham Delhi A sunken garden, 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. Nilkanth Abhishek 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. Narayan Sarovar 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. Premvati Ahargruh The Premati Ahargruh or 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. AARSH Centre 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.

How to Reach Akshardham mandir

FROM AKSHARDHAM METRO STATION

  1. Exit Station and Turn Right
  2. Walk 100 meters and Turn Right
  3. Walk 250 meters & Enter Akshardham – Gate 1

FROM AIRPORT (1HR 30 MINS)

  1. Take Orange Line to New Delhi Metro Station
  2. Disembark at New Delhi Metro Station
  3. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  4. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  5. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  6. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

FROM NEW DELHI RAILWAY STATION (40 MINS)

  1. Walk towards Ajmeri Gate Exit
  2. Walk towards New Delhi Metro Station
  3. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  4. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  5. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  6. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

FROM OLD DELHI RAILWAY STATION (45 MINS)

  1. Walk towards Chandani Chowk Metro Station (350 Meters)
  2. Take Yellow Line (toward HUDA City Centre)
  3. Disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
  4. Take Blue Line (Towards Noida City Centre)
  5. Disembark at Akshardham Metro Station

 

Akshardham Tickets

Below is the Akshardham ticket information. There are different charges for the various age group visitors:

Age Group

Cost Of Ticket

Adults

170/-

Children(4 year to 12 year old)

100/-

Senior Citizen(65 year and above)

125/-

Concession

Group of 50 schoolchildren and more

60/-

Teachers with schoolchildren

170/- (1 teacher’s ticket free with every 25 students)

Group of 20 college student or more

150/- (ID required)

Musical Fountain

Adults

30/- above 12 year or more

Children

20/-

NOTE: College or school group concession not available on Saturday, Sunday and public holiday.


Our address

Address:
Swaminarayan Akshardham, NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi 110092.
GPS:
28.613427714933902, 77.27822220327653
Telephone:
+91-11-4344 2344, Fax: +91-11-4344 2323
info@akshardham.com
Web:
http://www.akshardham.com/

Opening Hours

Monday:
Closed
Tuesday:
9 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday:
9 AM - 8 PM
Thursday:
9 AM - 8 PM
Friday:
9 AM - 8 PM
Saturday:
9 AM - 8 PM
Sunday:
9 AM - 8 PM

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