The heart of the Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is the Akshardham mandir, which was inaugurated on October 30th, 1992. The mandir is an effort to offer God a home that honors His glory and divinity – a timeless, beautiful and peaceful home for God here on Earth.
Aesthetically appealing, the mandir pays homage to traditional Hindu architecture. It is designed in accordance with the ancient Indian treatises on architectural science: the shilpa shastras. The shilpa shastras have guided the mandir’s design and construction from its grand proportions and distinctive style of carvings to its unique construction without the use of ferrous metal.
The Akshardham mandir consists of 97 intricately carved pillars, 17 ornate domes, 220 stone beams, 57 stone screens, 3 porticos, and 256 statues of spiritual personalities in Hinduism. The mandir reaches 108 feet into the sky, spans 131 feet in width, and is 240 feet long.
Inside the mandir, each carefully carved pillar shares a story of devotion or offers darshan of a deity.