Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple [Delhi & UK]

Posted on August 14, 2010

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Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 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.
The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.

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, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions. Click on What to See.

http://mandir.org/index.htm

Welcome to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple.

Seven Wonders of London, 2007
Time Out, the highly respected international city-guide publishers, declared the Mandir as one of the “Seven Wonders of London”. In an “epic series… to pay tribute to… the capital’s seven most iconic buildings and landmarks”, they embarked upon an ambitious search of London’s best. The Mandir featured among the choice seven.

UK Pride of Place Award, 2007
The Mandir was awarded the ‘UK Pride of Place’ award by Government authorities after a nationwide online poll. After weeks of voting, the Mandir registered the largest number of votes across the country as well as in London, with an overwhelming 81% of votes from the London Borough of Brent. This means the Mandir was voted as the place that generates the greatest pride amongst local residents. Ministers hailed it as “an inspiring building of which the whole country can be proud.”

Guinness World Records 2002
There are 45,000 officially recognised records approved by Guinness World Records limited. Every year some 3,000 are chosen and published in the book. The 2002 edition had a print run of 3.7 million copies distributed in 40 countries and in 20 languages. The first book of records was printed in 1955 and to date over 90 million copies have been sold. In the 2002 edition, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has the distinction of being mentioned three times.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, 2009
On 2 June 2009, The Children’s Forum of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, was announced as one of 95 volunteering groups from across the country – and only one of two in London – winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009. The Award recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.

http://www.akshardham.com/ whatisakdm/index.htm

http://mandir.org/index.htm

Thanks & Regards,

Sudhir Srinivasan
B.Arch, Dip.ID, Dip.CAD, Dip.PM, AIIA, IIID, ARIAI
| Architect |

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