The Akshardham Temple is one of the most recently built temples in Delhi. Constructed by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), it is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna. Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was inaugurated in Novenmber'05 in the presence of President APJ Abdul Kalam. It is spread over an area of 100 acres and took about two years to complete. Akshardhaam Temple of New Delhi is built in an architectural style similar to that of the Akshardham temple of Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India. Its construction is based on the ancient Sthaapatya shastras of India and it is built without steel, entirely out of sandstone and marble.
Approximately 234 ornate pillars, floral motifs, arches, exquisitely
carved pavilions, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a spectacular
Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants), adorn this architectural
wonder. There are 20,000 statues inside Akshar Dham Mandir of Delhi of
India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personas. Other
features of the Akshardham Temple are an IMAX theatre, a Swaminarayan
temple, and an elaborate musical fountain. The area around the temple
building has been converted into manicured lawns with beautiful water
The main shrine of the New Delhi Akshardhaam temple houses the statue
of Lord Swaminarayan. There is an Akshardham Temple Monument to World
Peace inside the temple complex. Along with that, there is also a
restaurant modeled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic
bazaar. Combining Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain temple
architecture, the mandir presents a magnificent sight. This temple is a
major tourist attraction and counts amongst the wonders of modern India.