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Akshardham - Stonedge Feb' 07 Article

Akshardham - Stonedge Feb' 07 Article

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Published by: Akshar Neelkanth on May 16, 2011
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The Architectural Milestone
- Kamal Khokhani
Editor & Publishing Partner – StonEdge
 
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“The spirit behind  Akshardham is to in-spire people for the bet-terment of lives and toserve mankind. Thistemple has not been con-structed to show our strength or to be number one. It has been donebecause, it is natural and spontaneous and God has given us the guidance.’ 
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- HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj 
 
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When the American architect John Arzarian visitedSwaminarayan Akshardham builtat New Delhi recently, he said-
“It is difficult to express the beauty of spirituality that exists here. The English language does not have words that could express the emotions that one feels”…
After visiting Akshardham, I alsoexperienced almost the samefeeling-in fact, I was speechless !Because, Akshardham- a US$ 44million project, not onlydemonstrates the superiority of spiritual power, but amplydisplays as to what a socio-spiritual NGO like BochasanwasiShri Akshar PurushottamSwaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)can achieve. It also demonstratesthe clarity of thoughts, integrityof vision and unity of efforts, putin by His Divine HolinessPramukh Swami Maharaj, forcreating this magnificentmonument.Much before writing this story, Ihad visited Akshardham siteabout five years back and Ithought, it will take at least adecade to fill the vast canvas onthe banks of river Yamuna. But Iwas wrong ! Perhaps, I hadunderestimated the spiritualpower, let me confess !! Tounderstand this unbelievableconstruction phenomenon andalso to understand the back-officestory, I went through manydocuments. Some of the veryimportant and valuable inputswere made by PujyaBrahmavihari Swami, who is oneof the core members of the groupof 
sadhus 
(saints), involved fromconcept to completion of thismega project.Spread in a piece of land,admeasuring 104 acres or roughly

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