Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar

It is among the architectural marvels in India

It is among the architectural marvels in India | Photo credit: Harsh4101991/wikimedia

Swaminarayan Akshardham Overview

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Swaminarayan Akshardham is a beautiful Hindu shrine in the heart of Gandhinagar – the green capital city of Gujarat. Sprawling across an area of 23 acres, the temple complex consists of a splendid shrine, large prayer halls, exhibition halls, verdant garden and research centre. This temple follows the lineage of the Swaminarayan faith. Established by Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, the temple was inaugurated on 2nd November 1992 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

Akshardham Temple earns immense acclaim for its splendid structure, which makes it stand amongst architectural marvels of the country. This 10-storey monument is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and enshrines his golden idol in the sanctum. Built using 6000 tonnes of pink Rajasthani sandstone and four other types of stones, this temple comprises 93 intricately-carved pillars and 40 exquisitely-designed windows. Carved domes, porticoes and porches add to its architectural grandeur, which is adorned with eye-catching patterns and designs.

Exhibitions and documentary screenings related to the rich Indian heritage and spirituality are conducted in the halls within the temple premises. A water show named Sat-Chit-Anand is also organised here, which narrates a famous story from the Upanishads. Akshardham also has a research centre and library, where only enlisted scholars are allowed.

  • Opening Closing Time Temple: 09:30 am – 07:30 pm
    Exhibition: 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
    Rides and Games: 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm
    Restaurant: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm"

    Open all days, except Monday
    Night Lighting: Saturday and Sunday

  • For Kids

    Sahajanand Vun - the park within the temple complex, is the perfect place for kids. The park has many games and rides for entertainment of children.

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Indian Cultural Complex, Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar, 382020, Gujarat