- The Main Floor:
This Sanctum Sanctorum is the Center of Faith,
the most sacred part of Akshardham. It enshrines the Murtis of Lord Swaminarayan
and His successors. People come forth to pray and return with faith. The
feeling is unique. Amidst ornate holy carvings and peaceful surroundings,
this sanctum sanctorum houses the murtis of
Lord Swaminarayan and His Successors
which provide a heavenly experience.
Concept of Composition:
The centerpiece of the monument is spiritually
sacred, philosophically perfect and aesthetically exceptional. It
is composed of three murtis (idols) which relates to the only three
realities that exist in Akshardham - the supreme abode of God. The
three realities are:
1. Parabrahman: Lord Swaminarayan, the God Supreme.
2. Aksharbrahman: Gunatitanand Swami, Gods divine abode.
3. Aksharmuktas: The countless redeemed souls, symbolically represented
by Gopalanand Swami.
While the supreme God, Lord Swaminarayan
sits in the center, both Gunatitanand Swami and Gopalanand Swami stand
in eternal service. Lord Swaminarayan's face radiates peace and His
hand gestures - fearlessness through the right palm and compassion
through the left. The other two Murtis reflect devotional feelings
of Swami-sevakbhav - Master-disciple relationship. Akshardham
is filled with divine light which is cool and peaceful. Parabrahman,
Aksharbrahman and the Aksharmuktas have identical divine forms - bright
and resplendent. Thus all three Murtis have been leafed in pure gold.
The highest experience of this spiritual
composition is the divine gaze of Lord Swaminarayan. Everything
- distance, angle and focus - has been so beautifully sculptured
and oriented that the gaze falls directly upon the visitors. In
Swaminarayan philosophy it is believed that creation begins by the
gaze of Lord Swaminarayan and salvation is also granted by the grace
of His gaze. And hence, the Lord always keeps His devotees under
His divine vision.
The idol installation ceremony was performed
on Labh Pancham, 30 October 1992 CE. Until now, the idols were statues
created by a sculptor. Now, they would become Murtis, purified and infused
with divinity at the hands of the Enlightened Guru. Pramukh Swami Maharaj,
along with senior sadhus and eminent devotees performed the ceremony with
Vedic rituals. Brahmin pundits chanted the mantras, sacrificial fires
were lit, rhythmic verses were sung, and the arti was performed. Finally,
Pramukh Swami Maharaj blessed the gathering and two days later opened
the doors of the Monument to all on 2 November 1992 CE, with these words,
"The Murti is exactly the same as the Lord in the divine abode Akshardham.
There is not an iota of difference."