India is a land of tradition and values, of heritage and culture, of beauty and peace- but more than anything, INDIA is a land of- Faith. A land where religion is followed like a lifestyle, where faith can be smelled on the streets and practiced in everyday activity, India is a beautiful mix of good and bad, best and worst and literally anything can be experienced here.
Your journey to India can be many things- it can be liberating, inspiring, imposing and sometimes even excruciating, but you have to live it to love it. Amongst many places to visit in India, there are few you can count on your fingers, that would instantly take your breath away, and one such place is SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM Temple. Covering over the area of 8000 sq. meters, the temple is situated in New Delhi, and by far is the most imposing architectural monument in the city.
The temple is believed to attract more than 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi. The magnificent monument officially opened in 2005 is situated on the banks of Yamuna in the eastern face of the city. The Temple arena was constructed on the principles of VastuShastra and PancharatraShastra and boosts of its intricately carved structure. The monument consist of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 domes and more than 20,000 statues of various Hindu Sages, saints and Acharyas(teachers).
The beautiful temple epitomizes, 10,000 years of Indian history in all its grandeur and beauty. A blend of technical modernity and traditional architectural style, Swami Narayan Akshardham Temple, is amongst the world’s wondrous house of worship.
Apart from the idiosyncratic temple square, there are a few more things you can do in the temple area.
1. Boat Ride- Don’t miss the extraordinary boat ride in the temple. Extraordinary because the ride takes you down the country’s heritage in a magical way. You’ll get to experience the Vedic period and an ancient era of knowledge and discoveries.
2. Musical Fountain- The spectacular musical fountain show, very well depicts the cycle of birth, life and death as mentioned in the Indian mythology. The 15 minutes fountain show is called, “Cycle of life” and takes place in the evening at sunset.
3. Garden of India- Built on 60 acres land, the beautiful garden boosts an exquisite collection of bronze statues, honoring India’s warriors, national patriots and personalities and inspire, value and character of a true Indian.
Plan your trip accordingly and give it at least a day for experiencing the beauty of the temple. Enjoy!