Akshardham Temple built in New Delhi
After 5 years of non-stop, round-the-clock construction, the massive and
awesome *Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace* was inaugurated in
November 2005. The Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, India, constructed by the
BAPS foundation -- the builders of the various Swaminaryan Temples across
the world, is truely a modern day Wonder of the World.
It is one of the biggest and most intricate religious places of worship ever
constructed. Combining several completely different and contrasting
architectural styles of Hindu temple architecture of northern India --
Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain -- the Akshardham Monument is
entirely constructed of marble and the red-sandstone that Delhi is famous
for, and that so many of her monuments are constructed of. It was completed
in only 5 years a world record of sorts
The Akshardham monument, built without steel, is entirely composed of
sandstone and marble. It consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate
domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone
elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees,
acharyas and divine personalities.
The monument is a fusion of several architectural styles of pink stone and
pure white marble. Pink stone symbolizes bhakti (devotion) in eternal bloom
and white marble of absolute purity and eternal peace. The monument was
built after over 300 million man hours of services rendered by 11,000
volunteers, sadhus and artisans.
It is the one of the wonders of the modern world, and the wonders of modern