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Modi, Sunak, Extend Greetings For Inauguration Of Akshardham In NJ

Modi, Sunak, Extend Greetings For Inauguration Of Akshardham In NJ

Modi, Sunak, Extend Greetings For Inauguration Of Akshardham In NJ

India-West Staff Reporter

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – From September 30, the highly anticipated nine-day dedication celebrations of the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham here, have begun in the presence of Mahant Swami Maharaj.  Esteemed leaders, including heads of state from around the world, have extended their best wishes and support for this momentous occasion.  Among the well-wishers are India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, demonstrating the global significance of this cultural landmark.

Globally, BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardhams are landmarks of Hindu art, architecture, and culture.  They serve as spiritual and community hubs, open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. Akshardham in New Jersey marks the third such cultural complex globally. The first Akshardham was created in Gandhinagar, in 1992, followed by Akshardham in New Delhi in 2005.

In a recent heartfelt letter dated September 29, Modi expressed his joy in regard to the upcoming opening celebrations of Akshardham in New Jersey. He remarked, “I am pleased to learn about the opening celebrations of the Akshardham Mahamandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey.  It is an occasion of profound spiritual significance for the vast legion of devotees worldwide.”

Modi continued, “Temples have been the hub of service and socio-cultural activities for centuries. They are not only centers of devotion but also serve as platforms for giving expression to art, architectural excellence, literature, and knowledge. Such profound cultural principles have been guiding humanity for generations…The inaugural celebrations of Akshardham Mahamandir showcases Indian architectural excellence and our glorious ancient culture and ethos…May the inauguration enhance the auspiciousness and significance of this endeavor. Best wishes to everyone at BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and all those involved in this initiative.”

In September 2023, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom, who visited Akshardham, New Delhi, during his official trip for the G20 summit, expressed his thoughts and impressions, remarking, “We were amazed and awed by the beauty of this temple and its universal message of peace, harmony, and becoming a better human being. This is not only a place of worship, but a landmark that also portrays India’s values, culture, and contributions to the world.” After receiving blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of BAPS, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak commented, “…I understand that His Holiness is inaugurating another beautiful Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Robbinsville, USA very soon. I would like to send my very best wishes to His Holiness and all the devotees of BAPS ahead of the opening.”

The grand dedication ceremony of Akshardham is scheduled for October 8, marking a significant milestone after 12 years of dedication by over 12,500 volunteers across North America.

This historic occasion not only underscores the dedication of the community, but also highlights the enduring global appeal of Akshardham as a beacon of spirituality, harmony, and peace, a press release said.

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