The newly built Akshardham temple in Delhi is the largest Hindu temple in the world. The temple of Swaminarayan sect has also made it to the Guinness Book of World Records now. According to the report, a senior official of the Guinness World Records Ltd arrived in Delhi India last week and presented two world record certificates to the head of Swaminarayan Sansthan, Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
The Times of India reported that a senior member of the Guinness World Record Main Management Committee, Michael Witty presented the awards to Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansthan (BAPS). The temple received certificates in two categories – Most Hindu temples consecrated by a single person and the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple.
According to the certificate, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, internationally revered spiritual leader and head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sansthan, has created and consecrated in accordance with the Hindu rituals, a world record of 713 mandirs (temples) in five continents between April 1971 and November 2007.
The certificate says:
Amongst these, the majestic, ornately hand-carved BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, stands apart as the largest Hindu temple in the world.
The hard-to-miss architectural marvel, Rs 200 crore temple, has the height of 141 feet, 234 ornate pillars carved to perfection. It is located by the riverbed in the eastern part of Delhi and is the wonderful example of traditional architectural style with the modern technology.