Peaceful and pollution free, Gandhinagar carries a relaxed atmosphere, that is further calmed by the majestic presence of Akshardham. It is a monument that is a major attraction for tourists. Akshardham is a temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, an epoch maker who lived from 1781 to 1830.
The magic of ancient wisdom and the best of world technology have come together to create a powerful experience of Indian culture in a twenty-three acre cultural complex. The temple is a poetry in stone, the sweat and sentiments of many hands and hearts.
Nowhere in the construction, iron or steel been used. From the foundation of the pinnacles, only stone has been used. For support, stone beams of 7-meters long, weighing about five tones each have used. All the pillars have exquisitely sculptured with dancing figures of Ganapathi, the ten incarnations of Maha Vishnu, the sages of India, gods and goddesses.
The ground floor is a treasure house, containing rare objects related to the life of Lord Swaminarayan, like his clothes, footwear, and other personal belongings. There is also the original historic letter written by Swaminarayan.
The next hall is called Akshardham Experience, which is a marvelous research work synthesizing the thoughts into a novel creation. It comprises five areas known as Sahaja Anand, Satchit Anand, Nitya Anand, Nija Anand, and Prema Anand.
Sahaja Ananda vana is a fifteen acre culture garden with fountains, rolling green lawns, trees, colorful flowers, a lake and waterfalls, an open air theater, a fun world for children and a herbal garden.
A tour of Gujarat is not complete without a visit to Akshardham, which is a monumental creation born out of selfless service and boundless devotion of continued effects of countless devotees.