Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, is dedicated to 18th century saint 'Swaminarayan'. This grand edifice sprawls over an area of over 100 acres, which consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangle shikhars, a Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India's great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
The Temple is Constructed of â€˜pink sandstoneâ€™ from Rajasthan and â€˜white marbleâ€™ from Italy. The pink stone symbolizes Bhakti while the white marble stands for absolute purity and eternal peace. The temple has been constructed without using a single iron rod. It's just the fine placement of these stones that provide strength to the building.