Akshardham Swaminaryan Temple
Akshardham Swaminaryan Temple Akshardham Swaminaryan Temple -Located in the Kalupur area of Ahmedabad, Shri Swaminarayan Temple (also known as Akshardham Temple) is a shrine dedicated to Narayan Dev. This splendid temple was built in the year 1822 on the instructions of Swaminarayan, who was the founder of the Swaminarayan sect of Hinduism.
One of the grandest spectacles in Ahmedabad is the Akshardham Temple, a significant temple of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. It is estimated that the auspicious structure is visited by millions of tourists annually.
This impressive and well known sacred site, Akshardham Temple is located in Gandhinagar. It features the architectural skills of more than 900 artisans. Tourists from different parts of the country visit the place to explore the unrivalled beauty of the famed temple.
Noted for its architectural charm, Akshardham temple illustrates Swaminarayan Sect’s deep-rooted influence in Gujarat’s culture. Unrivalled beauty of the temple allures its visitors with its architectural grandeur, imposing exhibition halls and well maintained garden. It is said that whenever Lord Swaminarayan takes birth on earth he would bring with him, his Akshardham.
History :- The term Akshardham means the divine abode of God and as the name specifies, Akshardham temple of Gandhinagar was built in honour of Swaminarayan by BAPS Swaminaryan Sanstha. Inspired by the fourth successor of Swaminarayan, Yogiji Maharaj and created by Pramukh Swami the temple was built in honour of Swaminarayan.
Gunatitanand Swami was a great sage who had been more popular as Akshar Brahm. Legends state that he had divine vision or Divya Drishti through which he had seen Swaminarayan in his childhood.
An influential speaker, Gunatitanand served as a Mahant or the head of the Swaminarayan temple in Junagadh for forty years. He played a crucial role of spreading Swaminarayan’s teachings to the common man and was referred to as the first spiritual successor of Swaminarayan.
Gopalanand Swami was a paramhansa of Swaminarayan Sampraday who had spent most of his time in Vadodara spreading the teachings of Swaminarayan. He was known for his excellence in all the eight stages of Yoga.