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Akshardham Temple New Delhi – The World's Largest Hindu Temple

The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in New Delhi has been bestowed with the honor of being the world's largest Hindu temple by the Guinness Book of World Records. In yet another world record, Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushotam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Pramukh Swami Maharaj has been credited with establishing and consecrating the largest number of Hindu temples ever by a single person. The AkshardhamTemple in New Delhi is spread over an area of 86,342 square feet. It is 356 feet long, 316 feet wide and 141 feet high. The grand temple has been built in Vedic design with ornate, hand-carved stones and was consecrated on November 6, 2005.Poetry in stone, the temple is a masterpiece in pink sandstone and white marble and has 234 ornate pillars, over 20,000 sculptures and statues of deities, eleven 72-foot-high huge domes and numerous decorative arches. The temple stands on 148 huge elephants and is encircled by a double storied colonnade which depicts tales from the epics. …

Arudhra Darshan

Arudhra Darshan is one of the most auspicious days associated with Lord Shiva. It falls on the full moon day in the Tamil month of Marghazhi.
The festival is celebrated with fervor in Lord Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu and in other parts of the world with Tamil speaking population. The festival is mainly associated with the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva and celebrates ‘the cosmic dance.’ Arudhra Darshan is of great importance at the ChidambaramNatarajaTemple and marks the conclusion of Margazhi Brahmotsavam. It is celebrated with fervor at the TiruvaalankaaduTemple, Nellaiappar temple, Kutralanaathar temple, TiruvarurTemple, KapaaleeswararTemple and in several other Lord Shiva shrines across the globe. Related
Significance of Arudhra Darshan

H W L Poonja Sayings

You are the unchangeable awareness in which all activity takes place. Always rest in peace. You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided. Just keep Quiet. All is well. Keep quiet here and now. You are happiness, you are peace, you are freedom. Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble. Be kind to yourself. Open to your heart and simply Be.Self is what you are. You are that fathomless-ness in which experience and concepts appear. Self is the moment that has no coming or going. It is the heart, atman, emptiness. It shines to itself, by itself, in itself. Self is what gives breath to life. You need not search for It, It is here. You are that through which you would search. You are what you are looking for! And that is all it is. Only Self is.H W L Poonja(Poonjaji is affectionately referred as ‘papaji’ and was a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi)