The Akshardham (Devnagari: स्वामिनारायण अक्षरधाम) temple inRobbinsville, New Jersey is dedicated toSwaminarayan and built by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. When completed, it will be larger than its parent structures atDelhi and Gandhinagar in India. The temple was inaugurated and opened to the public on August 10, 2014.Final construction is planned to be completed by 2017.
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AkshardhamNameProper nameSwaminarayan AkshardhamDevanagariअक्षरधामGeographyCountryUnited StatesStateNew JerseyLocationRobbinsvilleCulturePrimary deitySwaminarayanArchitectureArchitectural stylesVastu Shastra andPancharatra ShastraInscriptionsA unique complex of Indian cultureHistory and governanceDate built2017 (estimate)CreatorPramukh Swami MaharajWebsitehttp://www.akshardham.com
It is planned to be spread over 162 acres, making it the largest Hindu temple in the world in terms of acreage. Currently the largest Hindu temple is the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam in Tamil Nadu, which covers 156 acres.
The main building of the temple will have 4 floors. The complex will have an exhibit dedicated to Indian history and culture, and a youth activity center. The architects have taken elements of both south and north Indian temples, and the embellished temple will have ornate pillars and panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and ancient scriptures. The halls will have full-size idols of important leaders of the sect.
More than 2,000 artisans are laboring over various parts of the temple at Dungarpur, Pindwada and Sangwada. “The finished parts are shipped to US where they are assembled by master craftsmen.”
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