OPINIONS

His Holiness Dalai Lama
Spiritual & Political Head of Tibet

"It is my hope that this beautiful complex built in the rich tradition of this country will help to preserve both the ancient heritage as well as the religious endeavor."

December 1, 1985
Pujya Acharya Shushilmuniji
President, Int. Mahavir Jain Mission

"A single visit to Akshardham is worth more than all the teachings and all the knowledge that one would get from countless life-molding books. Upto now we beheld the famous Jain temples of Abu for their matchless beauty, but Akshardham is no way inferior. This is the first time that such a project has been attempted in our day and age. Only Pramukh Swami Maharaj is capable of accomplishing such a feat. Akshardham is now the 8th wonder of the world - the other 7 wonders pale into insignificance in front of this Monument . The other wonders are rich in architectural beauty but they do not offer life-inspiring messages as Akshardham does. The art and beauty in Akshardham is unique and so are the lively messages that it has to offer."

November 1, 1992
Pujya Chinna Zeer Swamiji
Head of Ramanujacharya Gaadi, Andhra Pradesh

"I feel it is one of the great wonders of the world. We feel that this is the real place that we have to see. Simply because here we see the scientific wonders based on spiritual wonders and this is what today's world is in need of. Akshardham is giving good medicine in a beautifully capsulized form to society. Here, religion is put in a colorful scientific capsule and presented to society."

November 1, 1992
Shri B.V. Doshi
Eminent Architect

"Akshardham is timeless, where people can learn about the eternal quest, values, the soul, and about man and his duties. It is not just a temple, it is a place for a cultural quest, and through this it is a quest of the self. It is a place where people would not be sitting in one place only but they can do research, see the Multimedia show, the museums and finally I think after they have gone round they would go to the temple where the spirit is. This is probably one of the rare temples built in contemporary times where one can expect thousands of people to come and yet it would not look crowded. I think this is important. It is an integration of a contemporary sect or philosophy and its manifestation in the form of a temple."

November 21, 1992
Pujya Chidanand Swamiji
President, The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh

"By the grace of beloved Pramukh Swami, I have been very fortunate to have seen Akshardham. I touched the holy feet of Bhagwan Swaminarayan's idol and circumambulated Akshardham. I saw the museum of holy relics and I was purified. For two and a half hours I saw everything and it seemed as if I had been to heaven. The ideals of the Upanishads, Ramayan and Mahabharat displayed in the halls can elevate man to heaven and make him pure. The experience is unforgettable. Akshardham is a testimony to the work perfection and capabilities of saints. And such perfection can only be possible through renunciation and devotion.

November 22, 1992
Hon. Atal Behari Vajpayee
Prime Minister of India

"A pleasant surprise! The effort of filling the whole ocean into a pot is truly commendable. The concept is attractive! The noblest experience of leaving a long-lasting impact through the combination of light and sound. A project worthy of emulation, which transmits the eternal message of religion right down to the common man. Congratulations!"

May 16, 1993
H.E. Lech Walesa
President of Poland

"O Lord! Please guide my generation!"

February 1, 1994
Shri Shrichand Hinduja
Renowned Industrialist

Akshardham gave us a great experience. We felt as if we were in ‘Vaikunth’. We all are grateful to Pujya Pramukh Swamiji and his devotees for creating a living centre and reviving the vedic tradition and culture.

September 16, 1995
Pujya Tejomayanandji
Head Chinmaya Mission

A long cherished desire of mine is fulfilled today. I consider myself blessed to visit this holy Akshardham. It was a joy to spend some time with the great sadhus here. Please convey my humble prostrations to H. H. Shri Pramukhswami Maharaj.

December 1, 1995
Shri R. K. Laxman
Internationally acclaimed cartoonist

"Excellent, elevating experience!"

August 17, 1997
HRH Prince Philip of Britain
Prince of Britain

"We don't see such things in this century.... I am extremely pleased for this remarkable opportunity of visiting Akshardham. Swamiji is doing great work and may he be supremely successful in achieving his goal of curing conflicts and creating peace in this world."

October 15, 1997
Dr. V. A. Subramaniam
Director of Surgery, Cardiology, Lennox Hill Hospital

My life has been uplifted by the spiritual experience. The visit to the most beautiful temple in the world has made an impact on me. It has been truly a life time experience for me. I pray to Lord Swaminarayan for the peace and health of all mankind.

March 2, 1999
Shri APJ Abdul Kalam
Eminent Nuclear Scientist

Divine experience it is. God bless the team.

January 15, 2000
Mr. Bill Clinton
Hon’ble president of USA

Thank you, for welcoming me, for making me feel at home, helping the people hurt by earthquake. working for peace and reconciliation.

April 5, 2001