Akshardham Temple (Half Day)
|Saturday, November 12, 2016: Delhi|
Vedic India & it’s timless sprituality
Afternoon leave the hotel at 1400hrs for half day visit to Akshardham, a unique & beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, 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 pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. Akshardham was created by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in fulfilment to the wish of his guru, Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. In only a short time span of five years Swaminarayan Akshardham became a reality through the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 300 million man hours of epic services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans and the immense sacrifice, austerities, prayers of hundreds of thousands of young and old devotees of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
What is Akshardham?
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. For the first time, ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insightsand beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its monument, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions.
What to see?Akshardham, an impressive monument is full architectural heights and offers too much to see.
Garbhagruh: In the inner sanctum lies the 11 feet high beautiful and divine murti of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the murtis of Guru Parampara, namely, Aksharbrahma Gunatitanand Swami, Bhagatji Maharaj, Shastriji Maharaj, Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami Maharaj; where every sincere prayer is answered. One can also have the darshan of the deities of Sanatan Dharma: Shri Sita-Ram, Shri Radha-Krishna, Shri Lakshmi-Narayan, Shri Shiv-Parvati, avatars and twenty-four Chaturvyuh or Keshav murtis of God. The divine serenity in the garbhagruh inspires peace and divine happiness.
Mandapamms: The majestic monument has 9 magnificent domes, 234 intricately carved pillars, 20 quadrangle-shaped shikhars, 20,000 carvings of great sages, deities, celestial beings, 500 murtis of paramhansas of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and many statues of devotees, birds and animals embellish the inside and outside walls of the monument
Vibhuti Mandovar: The ornate external wall of the Swaminarayan Akshardham monument is known as the Mandovar. In the last 800 years, this is the only and largest, intricately carved Mandovar in India with dimensions of 611ft x 31ft. It comprises 200 sculptured stone figures of India’s great rishis, sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine incarnations. The Mandovar is made of different layers: Gajstar, Sinhstar, Vyalstar, Kumbhstar, Kalashstar, Gavakshstar, Jangha and Chhajja with a total of 4,287 carved stones. The Kumbhstar includes 48 ornately carved murtis of Shri Ganeshji.
Narayan Pith: Beautiful bronze relief panels illustrate the divine incidents from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
Gajender Pith: The Gajendra Pith is a unique, captivating feature of Swaminarayan Akshardham monument. It pays tribute to elephants, symbolizing the entire animal kingdom. Sculptured per the ancient shilpa shastras of India it is ornately carved in pink stone, stretching for 1,070 ft and featuring stories and legends of elephants with nature, man and God. Every panel reflects the messages of social harmony, peace and spiritual faith. The Gajendra Pith, weighing 3,000 tons, has 148 full-sized elephants, 42 birds and animals, 125 human sculptures and decorative stone backdrops of trees, creepers and royal palaces.
Narayan Sarovar: From Vedic times India has a glorious tradition of water pilgrim places in the form of rivers, stepwells and lakes. Following this tradition, a sacred water lake, Narayan Sarovar, surrounds the main Akshardham monument. The lake contains holy waters from 151 rivers and lakes sanctified by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, including Mansarovar.
Surrounding the Narayan Sarovar are 108 gaumukhs, symbolizing 108 names of God, from which holy water issues forth. Fully-bloomed lotus flowers in the lake impart an inspiring message of purity and detachment.
Neelkanth Abhisekh: Devotees offer abhishek (ritual pouring of water) to the murti of Neelkanth Varni and express their reverence and prayers for spiritual upliftment and fulfillment of wishes.
Parikrama: The Swaminarayan Akshardham parikrama is made of red stone from Rajasthan, consisting of 1,152 pillars, 145 windows and 154 samvaran shikhars; amounting to a total of 53,956 stones. It surrounds Akshardham like a beautiful decorative garland. Every window and gallery in the lower parikrama provides different views and insights to Akshardham monument. You can hear the soothing sound of water issuing from the 108 Gaumukhs. The soft chanting of the holy names of God permeates the parikrama, giving an experience of peace and divinity. The two-tiered parikrama is the first of its kind in India.Length: 3,000 ft.
Hall of Values: (Shajanand Darshan) The principle theme of sculpting one’s life for happiness, success and peace of mind is portrayed in this exhibition. The exhibits portray the messages of ahimsa, endeavor, prayer, morality, vegetarianism, family harmony, etc. through fifteen 3-D dioramas and presentations from the life of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Exquisite settings and statues in each diorama are brought to life through robotics, fibre optics, light and sound effects, dialogues and music; transporting the audience to 18th century India.
Giant Screen Film: An epic period film featuring an exciting and inspiring pilgrimage of Neelkanth Varni, a child-yogi, of 18th century India. This unique period film, Neelkanth Darshan, was shot in the icy peaks of the Himalayas in the north to the pristine shores of Kerala in the south. The large format film depicts India’s holy places, festivals and spiritual traditions on a giant screen that is over six stories high. Neelkanth Darshan is the first ever wide format film filmed in India and produced by an Indian organisation.
Boat ride: A 12-minute spectacular boat-ride experience of the 10,000-year-old India’s glorious heritage.
Musical Fountain: The Yagnapurush Kund is a fascinating combination of a Vedic yagna kund and a musical fountain. It is the world’s largest yagna kund measuring 300′ X 300′ with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. In its center lies an 8-petaled lotus shaped yagna kund designed per the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Panchratra scripture. Its perfect geometric forms testify to ancient India’s advanced knowledge in mathematics and geometry. At night, the center comes to life with a colorful musical water fountain that echoes the Vedic sentiments of India. Yagnapurush Kund has been so named after the founder of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and the third successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Swami Yagnapurushdasji (Brahmaswarup Shastriji Maharaj).
Garden of India: Bharat Upvan exudes a magnificent natural and cultural ambience through its manicured lawns, lush gardens and wonderful bronze statues of the great role models of India. India’s child gems, valorous warriors, freedom fighters, national figures and great women personalities inspire visitors with values and pride for our great nation
NOTE: THE DRIVING TIMES MENTIONED ARE APPROXIMATE AND AS PER NORMAL TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. SOMETIMES DUE TO MORE TRAFFIC / CONGESTIONS ON THE ROADS THE DRIVE MAY TAKE MORE TIME THAN MENTIONED.
The cost for the above will be as follows:
|02 pax||INR 4300 per person|
|03 pax||INR 3500 per person|
|04 pax||INR 3100 per person|
|05 pax||INR 2500 per person|
|06 pax||INR 2000 per person|
|07 pax||INR 1800 per person|
|08 pax||INR 1850 per person|
|09 pax||INR 1700 per person|
|10 pax||INR 1550 per person|
Your Tour will include:
- Transport to & from you place of stay by an air-conditioned vehicle
- Services of English speaking professional local guide
- Entrances Tickets to Monuments as per the program.
- Currently applicable entrance fees to the places of visit (except camera fees) (any new fees levied in the future will be extra) All prices are subject to hikes in government taxes, excessive fuel hikes and monument entrance fees. All these hikes will be billed extra with prior intimation.
Not included in the above costs are:
- Any Accommodation in Delhi
- Any meals