Akshardham Temple ,'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. As photography is not allowed and they keep everything at security . Try to carry less baggage with you.The trip ended with a lot of food , sight seeing and good Instagram pictures.We boarded our train to Jalandhar in the morning and a great trip came to an end.
Our next destination was Akshardham Temple. It is a temple dedicated to a sage named Swaminarayan. To enter the Temple premises, you have submit all your phones,cameras, bags outside. So, no pictures inside basically. The main temple entry is for free. However, they have tickets available for three things which they call as Exhibition(Rs.170/- per person).Sahajanand Darshan – Hall of Values(Immersive projections, 3-D dioramas, audio‐animatronic figures have been used to depict the ideals of nonviolence, honesty, family harmony, and spirituality.Neelkanth Darshan – Movie about Swaminarayan's lifeSanskruti Darshan – Cultural Boat Ride ( This is a sail across sets presenting a glimpse into the ancient Indian lifestyle and advancements like the game of chess, Advanced surgery and medicinal treatments, The classrooms of Takshashila etc.) This boat ride was really good. I was able to envision the ancient India.Then we took tickets for the Light and sound show which costed Rs.80/- per person and went to the main temple as we had some time left before the show would have started. We came back and grabbed a nice place and then started the Ultimate show. It was really amazing. We enjoyed watching the show. It was based on a story on "how love trumps hate". By the time it got over, it was 8. Then we called it a day and headed back to our hotel.
And the next stop is Akshardham mandir, Metro station is available for this place, you need to plan accordingly as the timings of Akshardham temple is from 09:30am to 06:30pm. Entry ticket is free for Akshardham but for Exhibition and Water show they will charge money. Water show is the best thing at this place and the entry ticket is Rs80 for adults and Rs50 for children (Timings will be after sunset, currently the shows are at 7:30pm). Exhibition cost will be about 150-200 for adults and children.Note : Mobile phones/Cameras/Any electronic devices are not allowed inside Akshardham, You can deposit at the entrance to the security and take back while leaving the place.
(Blog 6 in my series of blogs - Delhi Delight)We were attending a conference on Advances in Robotics, and both of us were least interested. Hence, we decided to tick off another item on our to visit list. One of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi and an epitome of ancient culture and traditions, Akshardham Temple situated on the banks of River Yamuna is a sacred site for the Hindus. Both of us had heard of the grandeur of the temple, but had seen it only from a distance, never visited inside.Just like most of the places we visited, we arrived there just a few minutes before the ticket window for various shows within the temple closed. There was huge queue, as expected. We had to submit our phones and various other items at the entrance. Photography was not possible as phones were not allowed inside the temple premises. We decided that I would stand in the queue to submit our mobile phones, while she would go join the queue to buy us tickets. Since mobile phones would not be with us, it would not possible for us to contact each other once separated. Hence we decided on a meeting point. Even though both of us were sceptical of going different directions in a totally new place, it was the only way we could collect the tickets on time. Without watching the shows, the visit would have been incomplete.After about half an hour of waiting in the queue, and security checks, when I entered I found her easily. She was still standing at the ticket counter. On collecting the tickets, we proceeded to watch the shows. There were 4 shows in total. The first named, Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values) displayed incidents from Swaminarayan's life by the use of robots and other visual aids. It stressed on the importance of harmony and non violence which Swaminarayan, the main deity of Akshardham stood for. The second show was Nilkanth Darshan. It was a cinematic show, which showed us other various phases of Swaminarayan's life. The third was Sanskruti Vihar. It was a boat ride in an artificial canal through Indian history. It depicted life in ancient India. From the traditions to occupations, education to religion everything was covered. The contributions of many great men of the past was emphasised. All the three shows took about 2 hours to complete. The final show was the most awaited. We had heard a lot about it.The Musical Fountain. It as raining when we reached the large step well where the show happens. Since we had no phones, there was nothing to worry about. We watched the amazing Water Show completely drenched in rain. It went on for about half an hour. It was a completely different Musical Fountain SHow than any other I had seen. It was shown in the form of a story using characters of India's past and mythology. Combined with the light and sound effects, it was an enthralling experience. We didn't mind the rain much. Finally we went to the main temple where the deity of Swaminarayan was seated.It was well almost 10, and we were worried we wouldn't find a Metro. So we hurried, ran on the streets until we reached the Metro Station. Panting, as we reached the station, we were relieved to see that the Metro was still functional. We were under the wrong impression that Metro in Delhi is functional only until a little later than 10. We were wrong.Soaking wet, as we entered the Metro, we were glad to see it wasn't crowded. Found a seat easily. We hadn't had our dinner. But we were glad to have caught the train. It would have become very difficult if we were late.
Huge Temple Complex Built near CWG Village. It will take atleast 2 hours to roam the entire area. Take the Noida/VAishali Metro from Rajiv Chowk and get down at Akshardham Station. Rickshaws will drop you at the temple for 30Rs