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Akshardham and Birla Mandir Delhi

During our Haridwar , Rishikesh trip we reached Delhi by morning 6am .
We were taken by bus from airport to the Hotel rooms got freshened up had breakfast and took rest in our rooms by 2pm we started to Akshardham temple .

Akshardham means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace. 

The temple has 11 feet high beautiful statue of Lakshmi Narayan and other statues of Lord Shiva Parvati, Lord Radha Krishna and Sita Ram within the memorial. It also consists of theatre within the premises, which is known as Nilkantha. It reflects the events from the life of God Swaminarayan.

Entry fee is free and Exhibition fee Rs. 170 per person for adults, Rs. 100 per child, and Rs. 125 per person for senior citizens.

The magnificent musical fountain show of this beautiful temple is the centre of attraction for the audiences, which is known as the Circle of Life, a great 15 minute spectacle held every evening. This show reflects the cycle of life, from birth to death. For this the ticket fees are extra .

Another interesting fact about Akshardham temple is that there are 10 gates, which represents the 10 directions according to Vedic literature. These gates show that goodness will continue to come in from all the directions.

This temple will definitely leave you awestruck with it magnificent carvings idols and light and sound shows .

There is a museum, library , park outside the temple and chat items are also sold and are places to sit and have .

Mobiles are not allowed should be kept in the lockers . We should pay in the museum outside the temple if we need a photograph to be taken inside . They will send a instant photographer .

After visiting this temple we went to Birla Mandir as our room was near by .

Birla mandir

The temple is located on the Mandir Marg, situated west of the Connaught Place in New Delhi. The temple is easily accessible from the city by local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws.

The main temple houses statues of Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha. The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses Devi Durga, the goddess of Shakti, the power. The temple is spread over an area of 7.5 acres (30,000 m2) approximately and the built up area is 0.52 acres (2,100 m2).

The famous temple is accredited to have been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. At that time, Mahatma Gandhi kept a condition that the temple would not be restricted to the upper-caste Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside.

This is the first of a series of temples built by the Birlas in many cities of India, which are also often called Birla Temple.

In both the temples photography is prohibited .

Swamy Narayanan
Full view of Akshardham
Light and sound shows
Birla Mandir

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

34 thoughts on “Akshardham and Birla Mandir Delhi

  1. Ranjini, I had planned this year summer holidays to visit these places. I rest of the places I had seen in my last trip. Was so much looking forward but this corona turned the plans of the whole world upside down 🙃
    Your description tempts people to visit those places ☺️

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