BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham: A Beacon of Inspiration, Unity, and Cultural Legacy in North America

Imagine a place that captures thousands of years of inspiring thoughts, values, architecture, and culture. A place where one can take not just one inspiration but inspirations that can make a lasting impression for a lifetime. Inspirations that not only change one’s life but also those around them. Inspirations are fostered through shraddha (faith), sanskruti (values and culture), sevā (selfless service), samvāditā (peace and harmony) and satsang (spiritual influence). BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in North America will be a place of such inspiration and learning when it opens later this year. It will indeed be a landmark of Hindu architecture and culture. 

The word Akshardham means the abode of the Bhagwan (God). There are currently two BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham complexes, one in Gandhinagar, India, and the other in New Delhi, India. This third Akshardham is presently under construction in Robbinsville, NJ.  

Its architectural marvels, including the intricate stone carvings, majestic domes, and detailed sculptures, have awed countless visitors. These designs inspire professionals in the field and stir creativity. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the complex is a spiritual haven. It offers a serene environment where the teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the spiritual leader, are dedicated to inspiring many towards enlightenment. 

Akshardham is more than a mandir. It’s a journey through India’s rich cultural history and traditions, enchanting both local and international visitors. Embracing values like compassion, non-violence, and selfless service it spurs positive change in people’s lives. 

Transcending religious boundaries, its message of unity and inclusivity inspires global harmony. Its architecture prompts people to appreciate diversity and understand the essence of collaboration. Moreover, its educational exhibits provide an innovative approach to knowledge dissemination, sparking creativity in educators and students alike. 

Furthermore, Akshardham’s dedication to the environment propels visitors to adopt sustainable lifestyles, reinforcing the collective responsibility towards Earth’s preservation. Its influence goes beyond architecture and spirituality, testifying to human ingenuity, cultural appreciation, and shared values. From professionals to spiritual enthusiasts, its reach has initiated positive ripples across society. 

The imminent opening of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in North America is awaited with bated breath. The ongoing Festival of Inspirations, a prelude to the unveiling, captures Akshardham’s essence: celebrating shared values, diverse cultures, and human potential. As this magnificent chapter unfolds, its transformative impact on individuals and the global community is highly anticipated.

Hindu Temple Society of NA to host 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival

Once again it is that time of the year to celebrate the biggest annual 10-day festival of the Hindu Temple Society of NA – Sri Ganesha Chaturthi. The colorful celebrations begin Friday, September 15th and conclude on Sunday, September 24th, 2023. The culmination of the program is a very colorful procession of Lord Ganesha placed in a lavishly decorated Silver Chariot around the streets of Flushing on Sunday, September 24th starting in front of the Temple at 12:30 PM. This is the conclusion part of the biggest annual festival of the Temple. Thousands of joyful devotees accompany the procession and exhibit their exuberance by singing, chanting and dancing to the tunes of the drums and shehnai. Come in large numbers and enjoy the bliss and joy of the festival. 

 

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