Monday, July 30, 2012

SWAMINARAYAN Akshardham Temple, New Delhi

 

World's Biggest Hindu Temple- 8th Wonder of the World

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BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham is a 100-acre Hindu temple complex in New Delhi , India .
It aims to showcase Hinduism's ancient art, culture and spiritual heritage.

Since its opening in November 2005, Swaminarayan Akshardham has become a popular landmark of India ' s cultural and religious landscape, attracting more than five million visitors a year. It featured in the 2009 edition of the Guinness World Records book for being the largest Hindu temple in the world.

Lotus garden Over 60 acres of the complex comprise various forms of landscaping. One part is the Lotus Garden , a lotus-shaped sunken garden with messages from great world thinkers sharing their faith in God and humanity.

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Interior carvings
The temple is a fusion of pink sandstone on the outside and white marble on the inside, but with no structural steel used anywhere. The interior is filled with 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, and intricately designed ceilings. In total, there are more than 20,000 carved figures.

Elephant plinth
The temple stands on a 1,070 ft.-long plinth of 148 full-sized elephants carved entirely from stone. Together, they weigh 3,000 tonnes.

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