The Akshardham Temple, also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, is one of the best tourist attractions of Delhi and a true depiction of Indian culture, spirituality and architecture.
Being one of the must visit places to visit in India, there are several facts about the temple that you may not know. Here are some of the interesting facts about Akshardham temple that make it worth exploring!
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The Akshardham Temple has 10 gates that face the 10 directions as per Vedic literature. These gate representations include that to architecture, dance, music and literature among the other aspects from the ancient times.
Guinness Book Of World Records
This majestic temple has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest comprehensive Hindu temple in the world.
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Number of Artisans
The temple took only 5 years to complete, with as many as 11,000 artisans and innumerable volunteers who helped complete the construction.
Attractions of the temple
The temple is a depiction of Indian architecture, tradition and spirituality, making it one of the best attractions of India.
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Lake Surrounding The Temple
Akshardham Temple is surrounded by Narayan Sarovar, which is a lake that carries water from as many as 151 lakes in India. There are 108 faces of cows (gomukh) placed along the lake, which represent 108 Hindu Gods.
Parikrama in Akshardham
The circumambulatory path around the temple is called Parikrama. The 3000ft long pavement also has 1200 pillars and 155 pinnacles to adorn it.
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The temple comprises of Lotus Garden, which gets its name from the shape of the garden. The garden has large stones where quotes from Shakespeare, Martin Luther King and other eminent figures are engraved.
Garden of India
The temple premises also comprises of the Garden of India, popularly known as Bharat Upavan. This huge lawn is decked with bronze sculptures of Indian national freedom fighter, warriors, national personalities and other famous figures related to India.
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Restaurant Modelled on Ajanta & Ellora Caves
There is a food court named Premvati Ahargruh, which is modelled on the design of Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra.
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