beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved
pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra
Pith and 20,000 murtis and statues of Indias great sadhus,
devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
temple complex in the national capital, to be inaugurated on Sunday,
promises a unique glimpse of the Hindu religion and Indian culture. The
Akshardham temple complex has been built on the banks of the serene
River Yamuna and lies over a sprawling 100 acres of lush manicured lawns
adorned with water fountains and carved pavilions. A whopping 2 billion
was spent on the construction of this grand place of worship that took
about 2 years to build.
The imposing 10 story high monument is
made entirely of intricately carved, 6000 tons of pink sand-stone from
Rajasthan, with no steel or cement used at all, ensuring that the
monument will last for a thousand years. More than 12 million man hours
of 900 skilled craftsmen have created this magnificent monument of 93
sculpted pillars, 40 windows carved from both sides, and a feast of
forms and filigrees. Built inch to inch according to the ancient
Sthaapatya shastras of India, no steel has been used. Support beams are
22 ft. single piece stone blocks. The pillars are poetry in stone, with
beautiful expression from foot to crown.