An enlightening journey to Akshardham Temple

I had a great holiday trip to New Delhi this year. One of the best tourist places that I visited in New Delhi was Akshardham Temple. For those who have not visited the temple, I will give you a brief introduction. Akshardham is also referred as Swaminarayan Akshardham. The temple was developed by the Pramukh Swami Maharaj of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. This temple complex is the best example displaying ancient Hindu and Indian culture, architecture and immateriality. The temple has received the World record of being the largest comprehensive Hindu Temple from Guiness Book of World Records. [caption id="attachment_1020" align="alignnone" width="368"]Akshardham_Airpano_wide_view Akshardham Temple[/caption] The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. I can better experience the beauty of the spirituality of ancient Indian culture, art and architecture. There I saw a special prayer which was offered for world peace and also for peaceful life for oneself, family, and friends with the water of 151 holy rivers, lakes and ponds of India. The prayer is named as Nilkanth Varni Abhishek. That was a really great experience for me. Incidents from Swaminarayan’s life, portraying his message about the importance of peace, harmony, humility, service to others and devotion to God is displayed in the Hall of values using lifelike robotics and dioramas. The Hall of Values is also known as Sahajanand Pradarshan. The other attraction here is Neelkanth Kalyan Yatra, a theatre housing Delhi's first and only large format screen, measuring 85-foot by 65-foot. At the evenings during sunset, here is a display of a beautiful musical fountain depicting the cycle of birth, life, and death. There is a garden here known as Garden of India with sixty acres of lush lawns, gardens and graceful bronze statues. There is also an another lotus garden in the temple complex named Yogi Hraday Kamal engraved with special quotes of philosophers, scientists, and leaders throughout history.

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