Swaminarayan Akshardham – Gandhinagar
Swaminarayan Akshardham at Gandhinagar is a mandir, a dwelling place for God, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, education and unification. 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 30, 1992 with the blessings of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Each element of Akshardham echoes with spirituality– the mandir, the exhibitions and even the gardens. The Akshardham mandir has over 200 idols, representing spiritual stalwarts from over many millennia. A visit to Akshardham is an enriching experience. Inspired by HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE) and created by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016 CE), it was constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS). Over 80,00,000 volunteer hours from over 4,000 volunteers around the world went into making the complex