After 5 years of non-stop, round-the-clock construction, the massive
and awesome Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace was inaugurated
today. 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.
It 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 of sorts
So after years of waiting, the Temple was yesterday opened to the public
-- and to photographers. Below is the New Delhi Akshardham Complex
as seen through the eyes of a BAPS photographer. The pictures are a
great many and will take a long time to load, but totally, totally
worth the wait!
At its inaguration, it is widely being heralded as one of the greatest
monuments India has ever produced. I hope you enjoy viewing this architectual
marvel as much as I enjoyed having the honor presenting it.
Monument of Akshardham
The 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.
The 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.
It is the one of the wonders of the modern world, and the wonders of