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Akshardham designers lauded

Staff Reporter

Temple inaugurated by the President and Prime Minister


  • `Those who wish to sincerely serve society must be spiritually pure'
  • `It would be counted as one of the important landmarks of Delhi'

    NEW DELHI: The sprawling and majestic Akshardham Temple Complex, which has come up on a 100 acre plot on the banks of the Yamuna here, was inaugurated by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a glittering ceremony on Sunday night.

    In his address, the President lauded the efforts of the "the designers and contributors from India and abroad for creating such an architectural complex, which every Indian will be proud of.'' Stating that he felt as if he was "in another world'', Dr. Kalam said on entering the Akshardham Cultural Complex, he got the answer to the question: "How can you mix spirituality and social service? How can you separate the two?'' The answer is "those who wish to sincerely serve society must be spiritually pure and only those who are spiritually pure can sincerely serve society.''

    "Today that complex is now in front of us,'' he said, adding that Swami Maharaj and his team of dedicated disciples have recreated the ancient civilizational heritage that had been seen only in theory so far, into a reality with technology. "It brings a new dimension of the entire ancient Indian cultural heritage under one roof.''

    Dr Singh, in his speech, commended the architectural marvel that the complex is and noted that it would be counted as one of the important landmarks of Delhi. The Prime Minister said the fact that the temple has been constructed in the traditional style and no iron has been used in its construction speaks volumes about the talent of Indian artisans.

    The temple complex, which took two years to build, offers a unique insight into Hindu religion and Indian culture. Its main monument is 141 feet high and is made of pink sandstone and white marble. And the monument stands on the shoulders of 148 huge elephants who are encircled by a double-storied colonnade that depicts tales from the epics.

    The structure consists of 234 ornate pillars, nine domes, over 20,000 statues of Hindu gods and goddesses and decorative arches and is surrounded by a thick foliage. It has been designed and sculpted entirely according to ancient Indian traditions.

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