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Akshardham Monument

At the center of the spacious Akshardham complex, a delicate and beautiful architectural masterpiece - the Akshardham Monument - enshrines the golden murti (idol) of Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of the Swaminarayan Faith.

Akshardham Monument

The imposing 10 story high monument is made entirely of intricately carved, 6000 tons of pink sand-stone from Rajasthan, with no steel or cement used at all, ensuring that the monument will last for a thousand years. It is 108 ft.(32.92 m) tall, 240 ft.(73.15 m) long and 131 ft.(39.93 m) wide.

Designed and crafted according to ancient Indian Architectural Treatises (called the Sthaapatya shastras), the monument radiates a spiritual aura into the complex. The monument is awash with silence and peace, which one spontaneously experiences in the three floors -

Hari Mandapam (the main floor),
Vibhuti Mandapam (the upper floor),
Prasadi Mandapam (the ground floor).

Art & Architecture:
Suspended from the skies like a shimmering chandelier, Akshardham is an architectural marvel of this Century. Awe-inspiring auspiciousness and amazing craftsmanship! 6,000 tons of pink sandstone have been pieced together with incredible accuracy. More than 12 million man hours of 900 skilled craftsmen have created this magnificent monument of 93 sculpted pillars, 40 windows carved from both sides, and a feast of forms and filigrees. Built inch to inch according to the ancient Sthaapatya shastras of India, no steel has been used. Support beams are 22 ft. single piece stone blocks. The pillars are poetry in stone, with beautiful expression from foot to crown. Every carving carries a meaning. Every statue breathes life! The intricacy, the delicacy, the austerity is breathtaking. The patterns are peaceful while the dome resonates with vibrations divine. It is because Akshardham is more than an architectural masterpiece, it is the living devotion of devotees to create Heaven on Earth. Some of the amazing facts about its architectural marvel are:


Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture

  • Tallest structural stone pillars in India - four delicately sculpted pillars rise to 33 ft.
  • Longest stone support beams in stone architecture - 22 ft. long single-piece beams, each weighing 5 tons.
  • No iron or steel - from foundation to pinnacle - only stone has been used.
  • 73 richly patterned and 63 partially carved pillars.
  • 16 pillars with profuse roopkam - sculptures and figures.
  • 64 large traditional sculptures with spiritual meanings and 192 small figures of gods and goddesses adorn the pillars.
  • 5 types of stones used in the Monument : 1. Pink sandstone from Bansipahadpur. 2. Yellow stone from Jesalmer. 3. White marble from Makrana. 4. Maroon granite from Jhansi. 5. White marble from Ambaji.
  • 25 domes of varying sizes and depths.
  • Grandly ornate porch and 3 exclusively decorated porticos.
  • Intricately carved from both sides - 30 large windows and 24 small grills.
  • 220 stone beams for structural support.
  • 57 stone screens for controlling light and enhancing beauty.
  • 160,000 cubic feet of pink sandstone has been carved and assembled.
   
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