Akshardham

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Akshardham Gandhinagar Reviews

Vipin Vipin
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Nice visit! Feb 03, 2011
The temple of Akshardham was constructed under the Hindu sect which follow the eighteenth century Swaminaryan saint. He foretold that his teachings and life would be followed by a succession of saints, and this continuity continues to the current saint.

The temple here is considered the key one for Swaminaryan followers everywhere. Although the saint advocated simplicity and humbleness, there is that difficult contradiction here, as the temple is lavishly constructed from the finest stone from Rajasthan.

Apart from the temple, there are a series of five exhibitions (you have to pay around a 100 R for this) and a gift shop at the end. Buses are frequent to and from Ahmedabad. No photos are allowed inside, and following a terrorist incident several years ago, they are quite strict with security (all bags and personal items must be left at the free storage facilities).

Contradictions aside, I thought this was a beautiful temple and the exhibitions were nicely done. Worth a half-day trip if you are getting bored in Ahmedabad!
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