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Swaminarayan Akshardham temple inaugurated in New Jersey; opens on Oct 18

ROBBINSVILLE, Mercer County (New Jersey), Oct 11: The BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Jersey, the largest Hindu temple in the world, was officially inaugurated on Sunday. It will open to the public on October 18.

The construction of the temple located in Robbinsville city in the State of New Jersey in the US took 12 years. It is situated on 180 acres of land, has 10,000 statues and a very large elliptical dome made of stone. There is a Brahm Kund stepping well inside.

The temple was built by an organization called Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha or BAPS, which has temples around the world. It is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, a Hindu spiritual leader of the 19th century. The temple was the creation of his 5th spiritual successor Pramukh Swami Maharaj.

The huge quantities of marble required were sourced from all over the world, including Greece, Italy and India.

The temple walls have carvings of historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln as well.

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