Akshardham, New Jersey
Built by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Akshardham temple in Robbinsville, New Jersey is dedicated to Swaminarayan. Once completed, the mandir at Delhi and Gandhinagar in India will be larger than its parent structures. The mandir was inaugurated on August 10, 2014, and opened to the public. It is expected that the final work will be finished by 2017.
The architecture of Akshardham Temple
Actually the mandir is expected to spread over 162 acres. In terms of land area, this would make it the largest Hindu temple in the world. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam in Tamil Nadu, occupying 156 acres, is currently the largest Hindu temple.
The temple’s proposed main building will have four levels. The complex plans to have an Indian history and culture display and a hub for youth activity. The architects took elements from both Southern and Northern Indian temples, and the majestic temple will have ornate columns and panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and ancient scriptures. The halls will have full-size idols of the sect’s major leaders.
More than 2,000 artisans work in Dungarpur, Pindwada, and Sangwada for different parts of the temple. The finished parts will be delivered to the US where master craftsmen will assemble them.
How to Reach the Akshardham Temple
Temple is situated in New Jersey, Robbinsville. The nearest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport.