Friday, April 29, 2011

About my visit to "Swaminarayan Akshardham", New Delhi.

On the day of Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s demise, 24th April - Easter Sunday, I was at New Delhi, on business. As I was having breakfast and watching TV at my Hotel – Signature Grand, I heard of Baba’s demise. The news upset me. I was following his health reports ever since he became ill on 28th March and got admitted into his super speciality hospital at Puttaparthi. His failing health was causing anxiety but I was very hopeful that he would recover. I called home to share the news and the pain it was causing me. A few family members and close relatives who know of my devotion to Sri Sathya Sai Baba called me to enquire how I was taking the sad news and to comfort me.  I kept watching various TV channels as information on Baba’s life kept pouring in. All this was causing more depression so I decided to go to a Temple and spend some time there in prayer. Then I remembered “Swaminarayan Akshardham” which I had not visited before.
I entered “Swaminarayan Akshardham” at 5 P.M. and I was there up to 8.20 P.M. This pilgrimage; to this sacred centre of our culture, traditions, wisdom, art, heritage, history and values brought about a soothing affect. I wondered why I had not visited "Akshardham" before. The attached photographs and the video immediately below this article will give you an impression of this lovely, grand and peaceful place. And for detailed information on "Swaminarayan Akshardham" you may click on the following link:
http://www.akshardham.com/


P.S. One should not miss Yagnapurush kund, a fascinating combination of Vedic Yagna Kund with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines and the lovely Musical Fountain Show there at 7.45 PM depicting the deities of earth, water, fire, air and changing cycles of life from creation, sustenance through to destruction and eternal life with excellent music and commentary. Towards the end of this post you can see particulars of Swaminarayan Akshardham Timings, various Ticket Rates for exhibitions and Location Map. Please note that Monday is a holiday and the timings furnished below are subject to change. 
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