Entry Timings: 09:00 a.m. – 06:30 pm
Exhibition Timings: 10:30 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Water Show: 06:00 p.m.
Night Lighting : Every Night
Entry Fees: Free
Tickets for Exhibition : Adults INR 170, Children INR 100 (4 years to 12 years), Senior Citizens INR 125
Tickets for Water Show : Adults INR 80, Children INR 50 (below 12 years)
There are Lost and Found Department, Telephone Booths and Restaurant which serves strictly vegetarian food. Smoking, alcohol, mobile phones, cameras, food items, impolite behaviour and pets are strictly prohibited inside the temple.
AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE IS CLOSED ON ALL MONDAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is a epitome in itself which tells all about 10,000 years of Indian Culture. It’s more than a Hindu Temple- it tells all about the architecture, design and values of Indian System. It showcases some of the best traditions and spiritual messages engraved on the walls of the temple. This huge temple is a work of 11000 artisans and BASP volunteers who worked day and night to make this beautiful art happen!
Akshardham means “The eternal”. In all it has got the Main Mandir or Temple, Hall of Values, Giant Screen Film, Boat Ride, Water Show and Garden of India. Spread over acres, it takes a day to see the entire temple if ample time is given.
The main temple is of 141.3 ft in height, 316 ft in width and 356 ft in length. It’s a combination of pink stone and pure white marble. Pink symbolises Bhakti or devotion in eternal form and whole marble that of absolute purity. This beautifully carved out temple built without steel, consists of 234 carved pillars, 20 quadrangled shikhars, 9 ornate domes and a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis/idols and sadhus, devotees and acharyas. What is explicit to be seen is Garbhagruh, Mandapams, Vibhuti Mandovar, Narayan Pilth, Gajendra Pilth, Narayan Sarovar, Neelkanth Abhishek and Parikrama.
Hall of Values: It is one place with unique 3 – D dioramas and walk – through as well statues which come alive through animatronic technology. One of the good places for kids.
Giant Screen Film: Also called ”Neelkant Darshan” it a film which has been filmed in 108 locations of India with 30 giant settings; 45,000 cast in various costumes; represents 18th century India on a Giant Screen 85’ x 65’ ft.
Boat Ride: This 12 minute boat ride is spectacular in itself as it gives you experience of 10,000 year old India’s glorious heritage. While on the boat ride through oldest Vedic village life and Takshashila – the World’s first University. Be here to for a journey through the labyrinth of ancient Indian discoveries and inventions.
Musical Fountains: Musical Fountain or Sahaj Anand Water Show, is a spectacular show with perfect combination of latest technology. It makes use of water, lights, projections, laser beams, animation, fire, music and live acting. This 24 minutes show is a breath taking experience not to be left out in any manner! It gives the inspiration of being in eternal joy of giving love and peace to each other!
Garden of India: Also called Bharat Upavan, it is a splendid laid out natural manicured green lawns, lush gardens and beautiful statues. One can either take a walk in the gardens or sit for sometime. In winters when there is full Sun, it’s really pleasant to sit in the Garden.