What Is the Largest Religious Monument in the World?

The world’s largest religious monument is in India

The world’s largest religious monument is the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham, a Hindu temple and cultural center located on 1.7 acres of land in New Delhi, India.  It was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and took 10 years to build at an estimated cost of $100 million USD. This impressive structure features 27 ornate domes (including one that can be seen from 40 miles away) as well as 10 large stone elephants guarding the entranceway with their trunks raised high in honor of Lord Ganesha. The temple also has 11 intricately carved pillars, each representing a different time period or event and inside there are more carved columns, among other things. The Akshardham has a large fountain in front of it, making it a popular site for Indian citizens and tourists alike to visit and enjoy its beauty. In addition, the complex also features a large exhibition center that tells the story of Swaminarayan’s life through various media including paintings, multimedia displays, and even a boat ride.

The 27-acre complex also features the Swaminarayan Akshardham Gyanbhed School where students can learn about Hindu culture, spirituality, and language. It is estimated that over 6 million people have visited this temple to date.

To create structures of this type, architects have to use various technologies, including the ability to determine the direction of Mecca. For example, to find north, they use a plumb line.

Akshardham temple is the largest Hindu temple in the world and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Delhi, attracting millions of visitors every year. The complex also houses an IMAX theater that has over 800 seats. To manage this large volume of people visiting this site, there is a 3 tiered security system in place.

In addition, the Akshardham complex has been honored with several awards, including the World Architecture Award and Best Cultural Project In Public Spaces from The International Quarterly Forum of Indoor and Open-Air Museums.

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