Akshardham Mandir, Gandhinagar

Akshardham Mandir, Gandhinagar

Gujarat, Gandhinagar

Shrine: Swaminarayan

Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar is one of the largest and most prominent temples in the state of Gujarat. An architectural marvel, the temple complex caters to not just spirituality but also art, education, exhibitions and research. The shrine is a tribute to the life, principles and teachings  of Swaminarayan. The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Akshardham mandir was conducted by Pramukh Swami on 14 December 1979.  The completed complex was inaugurated on November 4, 1992. On September 24, 2002, two armed terrorists attacked Akshardham, killing 33 people and wounding 70. The terrorists were later killed by the Indian National Security Guard ending the siege. The Akshardham complex was reopened fourteen days after the attack.

Origin: The completed complex was inaugurated on November 4, 1992


Located in the capital of Gujarat, the complex is a tribute to Swaminarayan and the celebration of his life and teachings. Followers of Swaminarayan believe that the soul goes to Akshardham after attaining moksha.


The core of the Akshardham complex is the Akshardham Mandir, built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan. An architectural masterpiece, it features 97 carved pillars, 17 domes, 8 balconies, 220 stone beams and 264 sculpted figures. No steel or iron has been used anywhere in the construction. The mandir's central chamber houses a seven-foot-tall, gold-leafed image, of Swaminarayan. In each of the four corners of the mandir sits a life-sized marble murti of the successors of Swaminarayan. The first floor of the mandir, the Vibhuti Mandapam displays the spiritual character of Swaminarayan, while the basement of the mandir, called the Prasadi Mandapam, encases various relics from his life.The complex's five exhibition halls use audio-visual presentations and life-sized dioramas to explore various themes in Hinduism.

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Darsan Info

Visiting Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
The complex remains closed on Mondays
Other attractions at Akshardham includes Audio Animatronics Show, Sat-Chit-Anand Watershow, Mystic India show, rides for kids etc. 

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to wear clean and conservative attire


Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat. Navrathri is celebrated with great fervour in the area. The folk dances of Gujarat, Garba, Raas, and Dandiya are performed during this time.

Language Spoken: Gujarathi

Location and Contact

Sector 20, J Road, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382020

Contact Number : +91 792326 0001

Ways to Reach

Ahmedabad, is a major city in Gujarat and is well connected by air, rail and road to all the major cities of India. Gandhinagar is 30 kms from Ahmedabad and is well connected by road to the railway station as well as airport

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Temple Rituals

The priests perfrom rituals like the Swaminarayan aarti to the deity.

Pooja Timing

Visiting Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Gandhinagar
  • Nearby Airport

  • Ahmedabad
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Ahmedabad
  • Taxi Stand

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