Complex, New Delhi
5 years of non-stop, round-the-clock construction, the massive and
awesome Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace was inaugurated
in New Delhi recently.
The Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, India, constructed by the BAPS
foundation -- the builders of the various Swaminaryan Temples across
the world, is truely a modern day Wonder of the World.
is one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship
ever constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting
architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India
Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain -- the Akshardham
Monument is entirely constructed of marble and the red-sandstone
that Delhi is famous for, and that so many of her monuments are
constructed of. It was completed in only 5 years a world record
after years of waiting, the Temple was opened to the public —
and to photographers. The pictures show the New Delhi Akshardham
Complex as seen through the eyes of a BAPS photographer.
its inaguration, it is widely being heralded as one of the greatest
monuments India has ever produced. I hope you enjoy viewing this
Akshardham monument, built without steel, is entirely composed of
sandstone and marble. It consists of 234 ornately carved pillars,
9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra
Pith (plinth of
stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great
sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
monument is a fusion of several architectural styles of pink stone
and pure white marble. Pink stone symbolizes bhakti (devotion) in
eternal bloom and white marble of absolute purity and eternal peace.
The monument was built after over 300 million man hours of services
rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans.
is the one of the wonders of the modern world, and the wonders of