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Also known as Swaminarayan Temple, Akshardham Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is dedicated to Lord Narayan or Lord Vishnu and is renowned for its stunning architecture and cultural heritage. Although the construction is relatively recent, the gardens and the views are what attract tourists and devotees to this place. It provides a window into the Hindu culture and its development in the region. The complex houses a magnificent temple surrounded by well-kept landscaped gardens. Located in the heart of the city of Jaipur, Akshardham Temple is one of the holiest and most popular places in the region.
Akshardham Temple is one of the nine temples built in some major cities in India. These temples were built by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan under the Sanstha, Swaminarayan Sampraday which was established in the early 20th century by Ramanand Swami. The Akshardham Temple in Jaipur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu while the other temples are dedicated to other Hindu Gods but all the temples are known as the Akshardham Temple, Swaminarayan Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham in the respective areas.
Air: People who wish to fly down to Jaipur can also get a cab quite easily to reach Akshardham Temple. The temple is located about 16 kilometres away from the airport and has two routes that travellers can take. The first route goes via Tonk Road – Sahkar Marg and the second goes through NH 52.
Rail: Most major cities are well-connected with Jaipur via Indian Railways and several major trains operate between them. The Jaipur Railway Junction is about 8 kilometres away from Akshardham Temple and would require about 20 minutes of travel time.
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