'Akshardham' literally means the divine abode of God. It is an eternal place for one to offer devotion and experience everlasting peace. Swaminarayan Akshardham at Gandhinagar is a mandir – a Hindu house of worship, a dwelling place for God, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education and unification. Timeless devotional messages and vibrant Hindu traditions are echoed in its art and architecture. The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781- 1830) and the avatars, devas and sages of Hinduism. This traditionally-styled complex was inaugurated on October 30th, 1992 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and through the devoted efforts of skilled artisans and volunteers.
Each element of Akshardham echoes with spirituality – the mandir, the exhibitions and even the gardens. The Akshardham mandir has over two hundred murtis (idols), representing spiritual stalwarts from over many millennia. The spiritual premise of Akshardham is that each soul is potentially divine. Whether we are serving the family, our neighbors, the country, or people all around the world, each act of kindness can help one move towards divinity. Each prayer is an endeavor in self-improvement and a step closer to God.
A visit to Akshardham is an enriching experience. Whether it is in realizing the power of prayer, in feeling the strength of non-violence, in becoming aware of the universal nature of Hinduism’s ancient principles, or just in admiring the beauty of God’s abode on Earth – each element has a resounding significance.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Opened October 30th, 1992
Inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE)
Created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016 CE)
Constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
8,000,000+ volunteer hours from 4000+ volunteers around the world went into making the complex