Akshardham

October 26, 2022 by admin0

This impressive and well-known holy place, Akshardham Temple is located in Gandhinagar. It features the architectural expertise of over 900 craftsmen. Tourists from different parts of the country visit the place to explore the unparalleled beauty of the famous temple.

 

Famous for its architectural charm, the Akshardham Temple depicts the deep-rooted influence of the Swaminarayan sect on the culture of Gujarat. The unparalleled beauty of the temple attracts visitors with its architectural grandeur, attractive exhibition halls, and well-maintained gardens. It said that whenever Lord Swaminarayan took birth on earth, He brought His Akshardham with Him.

Akshardham

Swaminarayan and Akshardham Temple

The word Akshardham means the divine abode of God and as the name specifies, the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar  built in honor of Swaminarayan by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. Inspired by Swaminarayan’s fourth successor Yogiji Maharaj and built by Pramukh Swami, the temple built in honor of Swaminarayan.

 

Yogiji Maharaj along with Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj was the backbone of the progress of BAPS. The classical part of the fifteenth-century architecture also houses the statues of Venerable Gunatitananda Swami and Gopalananda Swami.

Gunatitananda Swami, a great sage who  popularly known as Akshara Brahma. Legend has it that he had a divine vision or divine sight through which he saw Swaminarayan as a child.

About Swaminarayan

Swaminarayan was one of those great sages who preached the virtues of humanity, universal brotherhood, and methods of self-realization. He admired not only by Hindus but also by the British, Muslims, and Christians as a great social and spiritual leader.

 

 

An influential orator, Gunatithananda served as the mahant or head of the Swaminarayan temple in Junagadh for forty years. He played an important role in spreading the teachings of Swaminarayan to the common people and  referred to as the first spiritual successor of Swaminarayan.

Gopalananda Swami was a Paramahamsa of the Swaminarayan sect who spent most of his time in Vadodara propagating the teachings of Swaminarayan.

 

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