Reflections by dignitaries and visitors who have visited Swaminarayan Akshardham

Spiritual Luminaries

Spiritual Luminaries

“Akshardham radiates a message of peace, understanding and devotion far beyond the boundaries on which it is located, bringing a spiritual energy to the otherwise turbulent capital of modern India. Many personal problems can be solved by simply visiting Akshardham and being receptive to its energies. The solutions will descend from within as a flow of grace. The temple complex is also a great learning experience, teaching the meaning and value of dharma through its many unique displays of the history of India and its spiritual teachings. Akshardham reflects an artistic vision of the highest value, with its astounding architectural design and magnificent sculptures and gardens in their great variety.” (27/03/2012)

Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley)
with Yogini Shambhavi Chopra


Wonderful old architecture which as wonderfully depicted and presented the old heritage. Mediation and prayers to all the tread on the Divine Path for which the man had come on this earth. (13/02/2009)


Pujya Iqbal Singh, Baba
Gurudwara Baru Sahib

“Swaminarayan Akshardham represents the art, beauty and spirituality of magnificent India. It is a great memory for me.” - 23/3/2007

H.E.Hujjat-Ul-Islam Seyed Mohammed Khatami
Former President of Iran

“We are greatly impressed by this complex and extend our best wishes to you and your faithful. May God grant brotherhood to all nations and men for the peace of the world and consolation of all people.” - 24/2/2007

His Holiness Karekin II
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians


“ I am greatly impressed from the wonderful presentation of value and morality. I have never seen such wonderful presentation that explains educational messages for future generations. May your work and efforts be blessed.” 7/2/2007

Mr. Yonan Metzger
Chief Rabbai of Israel

“I think Akshardham is a living example that this ancient culture is very much alive and so very beautiful. I think every child should know this and learn from this. It is very educative, informative and skilfully sculpted -- and that to, done in such a short period of time! What inspiration can do is shown here. Nobody else can do it, only saints can do this. In such a short period of time, such a magnificent monument -- that in Delhi is most welcome. I think every citizen of this country must see it.” - 2/11/2005

Sri Sri Ravishankar
Head, The Art of Living Fellowship

“It is a very astounding creation, and we have been dumbfounded. Showing the essence of our heritage from Kruthayuga to Kaliyuga, the miraculous work performed here by the deep-rooted service of the sadhus and the volunteers is laudable. This is like Vaikuntha, which is created by the vision of Pramukh Swami Maharaj. In this Kaliyuga, whosoever comes here and does darshan will attain the merit (punya) of doing darshan of Vaikuntha.”

"By having darshan of the Akshardham complex, I feel that I have gained merit (punya) equal to performing pilgrimage to all of the holy places of India.” - 20/10/2005

Jagadguru Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji
Chief Pontiff, Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Mutt

“I have been impressed by almost everything here: the temple, the sculptures, the stone, very intricately carved designs, the figures. The setting of the whole museum - I have been very impressed. But I have been most impressed by the new ‘Disneyland’ (the Sanskruti Vihar) which you have created for the Indian Vedic civilization - that gave me much joy. I envision that when westerners will come, they will go through it for 10 minutes and they will have a total impression about how our civilization began, how it developed, how it matured, how it diversified and how it excelled in many-many dimensions; you have done it very well.” - 14/10/05

Swami Jitatmanand
Vice Chairman, Ramakrishna Mission

“This is going to be the biggest inspiration to the world for the revival of our Dharma.” - 20/10/05

H.H. Jeer Swami
Head Pontiff - Totadari Mutt (Ramanuj Sampraday)

“It is a live embodiment of Indian culture. Looking to that live embodiment, I think that everyone from the whole country and abroad should come see this place and they should be illuminated by the wisdom of our ancient sages and rishis.“ - 19/10/05

Sri Pranav Pandya
Head, Gayatri Pariwar

“Pramukh Swami Maharaj is a great inspirer - sitting silently, he is able to inspire thousands of people.” - 19/10/05

Swami Dayanand Saraswati
Founder of Arsh Vidyalaya Gurukulum and Aim for Seva

“Pramukh Swami Maharaj is the saint of the century…Whoever will come here will be not only be impressed but will also be inspired and uplifted. He or she will be changed. Whoever comes - all will have great, great inspiration. You have created a place where people being here, even for a minute, feel like they are in heaven. They feel like they are back in time.” - 23/10/05

P. Chidanand Saraswatiji
Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram

“The experience of this divine Akshardham dissolves one’s conceit and helps one realize the Almighty. My mind has become elated by the darshan of Akshardham. Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the conviction of the sadhus and dedicated devotees has manifest itself through the installation of Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the Capital and heart of our nation, New Delhi, on the banks of the Yamuna. As a result, the message of Bhagwan Swaminarayan will reach out to the entire nation and the entire world. The noble campaign of the constructive and redemptive legion of sadhus will motivate all and elevate our nation.” - 23/10/05

Rameshbhai Oza
‘Kathakar’ and Sandipani Ashram

“I will be lacking in finding any proper word to describe an experience which is in this world but is not of this world. I have only one word, it is just ‘Adbhut’.”

“Akshardham on the banks of the Yamuna in Delhi is a phenomenal event. It is definitely going to make a substantial effect on the consciousness and the psyche of not only the minds of Hindus, but all humans. Because the message which comes out of Akshardham, at this grand manifestation, is not limited to the Hindu populace, but it is meant for all creation, including humanity, and it is definitely going to benefit them.” 29/10/05

Param Pujya Shrivatsa Goswami
Acharya of Gaudiya Sampraday