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Swaminarayan Akshardham New Delhi

Swaminarayan Akshardham means the eternal abode of Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830 CE) – a torchbearer of Indian culture and spirituality.
In just five years, a dusty, barren patch of land near the banks of the river Yamuna in New Delhi was transformed into Swaminarayan Akshardham, a grand 100-acre cultural complex. It showcases India’s glorious traditions of art architecture, wisdom and spirituality. The grand cultural complex was inspired by His Divine Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (Swamishri) to fulfil the wish of his guru, Yogiji Maharaj. It was completed in only five years – the foundation-stone laying ceremony took place on 8 November 2000 and the opening ceremony on 6 November 2005. Swaminarayan Akshardham is a glowing testimony to what volunteerism, talent and spiritual faith can accomplish. It took 300 million man-hours to carve 300,000 stones and create the entire complex! Satish Gujral, an internationally renowned architect of India, opined, “It would have taken 50 years…