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Friday, November 25, 2005

A Modern Wonder - Akshardham Temple

"After 5 years of non-stop, round-the-clock construction, the massive and awesome Akshardham Temple Monument to World Peace was inaugurated. 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). So after years of waiting, the Temple was yesterday opened to the public -- and to photographers. Below is the New Delhi Akshardham Complex as seen through the eyes of a BAPS photographer.

At its inauguration, it is widely being heralded as one of the greatest monuments India has ever produced. I hope you enjoy viewing this architectural marvel as much as I enjoyed having the honor presenting it.
Monument of Akshardham:
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 one of the wonders of the modern world."

I withdraw my comments on this post due to objections from some readers (a few are not published). While my opinion remains the same, I respect the religious sentimentalities of the Indian masses and am proud of the secular nature of the nation, even though it curbs my freedom of speech within justifiable limits.

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7 Comments:

  • a true mavel indeed!!!!.. but I would have made a similar comment to the one you received.. man is amazing that's we're sure of... its where his focus lies that sometimes puzzles one.

    By Blogger Misreflection, at 26/11/05 21:53  

  • :) Fine way of putting it, Missy.

    By Blogger Santanu, at 27/11/05 17:07  

  • Magnficent photos! (Glad to see your blog still up... :)

    By Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL), at 28/11/05 19:24  

  • Yes, GEL, I am on the verge of closing down...but I always return for one more :)

    By Blogger Santanu, at 29/11/05 09:40  

  • in reply to your Would the Gods not have been happier if the money and energy was used for programs for lasting employment, poverty reduction & childrens education?

    wouldn't the gods be even more happier if we stop making saas-bahu serials. hundreds of movies every year investing so much of money.. a hundred such temples could be created.

    but no. u educated, rationalist people wouldnt critic that and refer a friend. have u seen that movie? a must see. go see it!

    i guess this should be enough. u can mail me at rbhavesh1 (at) gmail (dot) com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15/9/06 12:50  

  • U sound quite agitated. A lot more than me, in fact! And I also see no reason to presume that your education or rationalism is any way inferior to mine.

    I hadn't compared temple construction to the Indian movie industry, but come to think of it, Bollywood does generate a lot more employment than gigantic temples possibly could. And Return of Investment is very much there. As it runs and thrives on the sparable, surplus income of the Indian masses, I see no evil in it. A censor board is also in place to ensure that society does not degenerate due to its themes.

    And what on Earth will you do with more temples...or mosques or churches for that matter? Havnt we enough? I personally find more devotion generated in my heart in a small Vishwakarma Puja Pandal today than I do in the huge Birla Mandir, or Puri Jagannath Temple I visited last month.

    Wish you a Happy Puja! Do visit the humble pandals. The Devi is there too.

    By Blogger Santanu, at 17/9/06 17:51  

  • I would just like to share that BAPS, the organiztion who built this Magnificient Monument, built this for the cultivation of Indian Culture for generations to come. BAPS is a well balanced, socio-spiritual organization that builds monuments for Spiritual Cultivation, but also does much needed social work in India and Abroad. Please do some research before. www.bapscharities.org
    www.baps.org

    By Blogger Mehul, at 4/4/07 04:16  

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