Timings : 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Entry Fee : Free
Located in the Kalupur area of Ahmedabad, Shri Swaminarayan Temple (also known as Akshardham Temple) is a shrine dedicated to Narayan Dev. This splendid temple was built in the year 1822 on the instructions of Swaminarayan, who was the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism. Embellished with vivid colours and intricate carvings, Swaminarayan temple is a marvellous example of the architecture of the nineteenth century. Inside the sanctum, the deities are decorated with ostentatious ornamentations and beautiful fabrics. The temple attracts a million people on the day after Diwali for darshan.
The main complex of the temple is spread over a vast area making the spectacle of the temple a marvellous sight to behold. This temple is also the headquarter of the Nar Narayan Gadi, which makes it an even more revered temple among believers. Beautifully carved out of Burma Teak wood, the intricate detailing in the carvings of this temple makes it an engineering masterpiece. The personal artefacts of Swami Narayan are also preserved for safe keeping here. The temple is also quite well known for its morning 'Aarti' or prayer service, which is a mesmerising invocation to the divine. The temple complex also has a multi-storey guesthouse and a medical clinic within its compound for the convenience of the visitors. Reflecting the many colours of spirituality, the Swami Narayan Temple is an unadulterated experience of the divine.
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