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Akshardham, Ahmedabad

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On the banks of the Yamuna River, Akshardham serves as a modern Hindu shrine that pays homage to the ancient spiritual culture of India. The central sandstone temple forms the main attraction, featuring ornately carved deities, 239 delicately decorated pillars, and a central dome under which sits a 3.4 m (11 ft) statue of Swaminarayan, the founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism. Every evening a dramatic musical fountain display depicts Hindu life cycle philosophy. Paid parking is available and a vegetarian food court provides light bites. To visit Akshardham and other attractions in Ahmedabad, use our Ahmedabad vacation planner.
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  • Visit the museum if you want to learn more about the religion. Strongly recommend the water and Laser light show at 7pm! 
  • It is wonderful temple and depicts our ancient hindu culture. Forests and mountains with sages performing meditation, ancient societies and their professions, etc ate artificially created. Takes half ...  read more »
  • Is a Buddhist temple located 30 km away from Ahmedabad. Delhi has the same cult Temple. In front of the temple was the overall impression, such as theme parks and amusement, such as. Followed by the exhibition erected the temple itself is just brand new and preach the splendor of the founder, dolls and paintings in the basement of the main building (this is also theme-ish). Venerable Temple rather than emerging could waft the religious temples. Well, after 150 years, religion right now around the world, was at that time received such treatment would be joined the ranks of religious monuments here but it might be. Didn't place too much attracted by old temples and shrines like like me,.
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  • Very beautiful gold idol of Swami Narayan. Has a very strict security check(after terrorist attack in 2002) and you are allowed to take only the wallet. Has various exhibitions suitable for all ages which gives delight along with the knowledge about spirituality, culture, national and environmental issues. Exhibitions have separate charges. Covering all of them may take about 4-5 hours. So better go during day time. And then enjoy the spectacular fountains and gardens in evening.
  • It's a temple of Lord Swaminarayan, depicting the journey of his life. There are several items that he owned. Few exhibitions and rides. The highlight for me is the water show which is in the evening around 7PM. Get your tickets early. When you enter the temple you will be marvelled by how huge it is, the sculptures. When you enter you will see a vast complex, you will be able to get the refreshments on the right, and on the left are rides and entertainment. The food place has vegetarian dishes. Should try Swaminarayan khichdi. As you go further you can see the main temple. It will take an hour or so if you read everything there and then you can go to the exhibition. The exhibition takes around 3 hours. So make sure you have enough time to see it all. The exhibition has a movie, a sculpture, the life of lord Swaminarayan and sets from the two big epochs of India, the Mahabharata and Ramayana. You should not miss the exhibition. After that you can go out enjoy the joy rides, and eat. You will not be allowed to take belts made of leather, no cellphones allowed, nor are big purses. You can deposit them all at the deposit counter right outside the temple. Gutkha, any sort of weapon, or alcohol is not allowed either. Best time is to go in the morning see the Temple, and exhibition and eat and refresh and then by the time it's 7 you can watch the water light show. As you exit the exhibition you will go through the shop which is run by the Swaminarayan temple and you can buy small temples, music CDs, DVDs, etc. The staff/volunteer is helpful and speaks Gujarati, Hindi, English. I have lived right behind the temple for years and this was the place where we would take everyone when they visited. There is also khari mandir where the saints live it's right behind the akshardham temple outside it. Love this place. How to reach there : From Ahmedabad you get shuttle jeeps, and buses, takes around 1 hour. From GH 3 pathikashram (the main bus station) take rickshaws, won't charge much, or local buses that run.
  • The best temple representing Hindu Sanskriti. Ambiance inside the temple campus is awesome. The exhibitions shown by temple are also good. The light show in evening is awesome. You can find good food inside the campus at Premvati parlour, though food is not that tasty. The only problem is that they don't allow mobiles, bags, water bottle inside. You can just carry wallet. Overall a must visit place.
  • It is a very popular temple among Hindu/ Swaminarayan people. But anyone from any religion can visit this place. Nice place to visit with family or friends. Special place for Temple Lovers.
  • Much enjoyable water show, with a theme. Temple is well maintained, cleanliness, greenery. Tasty Tiffins and chats in cafeteria.
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