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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

India.

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Taken on October 23, 2005