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World's Second-Largest Hindu Temple, BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, to Astound New Jersey on October 8

World’s Second-Largest Hindu Temple, BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, to Astound New Jersey on October 8

World’s Second-Largest Hindu Temple, BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, to Astound New Jersey on October 8

The world’s largest Hindu temple outside India is going to be inaugurated in New Jersey

Little Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, is going to witness a historic event as the world’s largest Hindu temple built outside India in the modern era is set for its grand opening on October 8, 2023. This architectural marvel known as BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham is created by more than 12,500 volunteers from across the United States over a 12-year period from 2011 to 2023, as a testament to dedication and unity.

Spread over an astonishing 183 acres and measuring 255 feet x 345 feet x 191 feet, this temple, also fondly called Akshardham, attracts thousands of visitors daily, including people from different religions, who looking forward to seeing its stunning design inspired by ancient Hindu scriptures. With over 10,000 sculptures and statues, intricate carvings of Indian musical instruments and dance styles, Akshardham is poised to become a global icon of spirituality and heritage.

The temple is second only to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in size, Akshardham’s unique features include one main temple, 12 sub-temples, nine shikharas (spire-like structures), and nine pyramidal pinnacles. Its largest elliptical dome of traditional stone architecture is designed to last for a millennium.

Stones with a Story: Akshardham’s Global Journey and Continuing Legacy

Each stone used in the construction of Akshardham tells a story, including limestone from Bulgaria and Turkey, marble from Greece, Turkey and Italy, granite from India and China and sandstone from India. Brahma Kund, a traditional Indian stepwell, contains water from over 300 sources from around the world, symbolizing unity. Akshardham also incorporates sustainability practices, including a solar panel farm and planting more than two million trees globally. Under the guidance of BAPS spiritual leaders, volunteers in both the US and India have dedicated countless hours to bringing this extraordinary vision to life.

The formal inauguration on October 8 will mark an important milestone in Hindu culture and architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Tourists can visit Akshardham from October 18 to marvel at the outcome of countless hours of selfless service by volunteers from all backgrounds, symbolizing the essence of seva or selfless service deeply rooted in the Hindu tradition.

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