Akshardham Gandhinagar is one of the largest temples in the Indian state of Gujarat. The temple complex combines devotions, art, architecture, education, exhibitions and research at one place. Akshardham Gandhinagar is a predecessor to the Akshardham at Delhi, built by the same religious organisation, Bochasanwasi Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) led by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. It was inaugurated on November 2, 1992, during the centenary celebrations of Yogiji Maharaj. The complex is very popular among tourists visiting Gujarat.
Three permanent exhibition halls have been set up to educate the visitor on spiritual matters and on the BAPS movement.
Hall 1: Sahajanand. The life of Lord Swaminarayan is portrayed through imaginative settings and shows. The exhibition includes ‘travel in time’ through a video show; a fiber-optics cosmos; a miniature recreation of Chhapiya village; a ’Journey through India’; and three ‘sound-n-light’ shows.
Hall 2: Sat-Chit-Anand. This hall is used to present an IMAX large format film named ‘Mystic India’.Mystic India is the first large-format epic on India. Chronicling the incredible journey of a child through the heart and soul of India, it rediscovers a land enriched with an amazing wealth of wisdom, culture and spirituality.This film was produced by BAPS and directed by well-known director of IMAX Movies, Keith Melton.This hall once housed a spectacular 14-screen multimedia presentation, “Integrovision”, to present an exposition of Vedic philosophy and of man’s search for the eternal truth, through breath-taking imagery. Apart from the 14-screen multimedia presentation, the exhibition also once included a ‘Tunnel of Mirrors,’ a glass mosaic and dancing musical fountains.
Hall 3: Nityanand. Walk-through dioramas and fiberglass figures display the message of the Upanishads, Ramayana and Mahabharata. The exhibition includes an audio-animatronics show; a recreation of the Hastinapur palace from the Mahabharata; a recreation of an idyllic Gurukul nestled in the lap of nature; evotional compositions of saint-poets; and an exposition on ‘Harmony of world religions’.
Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show A 45-minute water show depicts the story of Nachiketa from the Kathopanishad. The show, the longest of its kind, features the use of 4,000 nozzles, 2,000 lights, over 100 pumps and 12 fireball throwers.
Known for:- Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show.
Show Timing:- Daily 7.30 P.M Except Mondays. ( Timing depends on environmental conditions)