On October 8, the largest Hindu temple outside India will be inaugurated in New Jersey

The world’s biggest Hindu temple built outdoor India in the modern-day generation is all set to be inaugurated in New Jersey on October 8.

About 60 miles (90 km) south of Times Square, New York, or about a hundred and eighty miles (289 km) north of Washington DC, the BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in the little Robbinsville Township of New Jersey has been built by means of an navy of extra than 12,500 volunteers from throughout the US in over 12 years from 2011 to 2023.

Being presently visited by means of heaps of Hindus and humans of different faiths each and every day from throughout the u . s . a . in advance of its formal inauguration, the temple famous as Akshardham measures 255 toes x 345 toes x 191 feet and spans over 183 acres.

It has been designed in accordance to historic Hindu scriptures and consists of graph factors from historical Indian lifestyle which include 10,000 statues and statuettes, carvings of Indian musical gadgets and dance forms.

The temple is maybe the 2d biggest after Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The 12th-century Angkor Wat Temple Complex, the greatest Hindu temple in the World, is unfold over five hundred acres and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Akshardham temple in New Delhi which used to be opened for the public in November 2005 is unfold over a hundred acres.

“Our religious chief (Pramukh Swami Maharaj) had a imaginative and prescient that in the Western hemisphere there have to be a region which can be a vicinity for all human beings of the world, now not solely for Hindus, no longer solely for Indians, no longer solely for sure agencies of people; it need to be for all of the world the place humans can come and study some values, everyday values primarily based in Hindu tradition,” Aksharvatsaldas Swami from BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha informed PTI in an interview.

Senior non secular leaders of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha not often supply media interviews.

“It was once his wish, and it was once his Sankalp (pledge). According to his Sankalp, this Akshardham has been constructed with usual Hindu temple architecture,” he said.

The special Hindu temple plan consists of one important shrine, 12 sub-shrines, 9 shikhars (spire-like structures), and 9 pyramidal shikhars. Akshardham homes the biggest elliptical dome of typical stone structure ever constructed. It is designed to final a thousand years.

At Akshardham, each stone has a story. The 4 sorts of stone chosen consist of limestone, crimson sandstone, marble, and granite, which can face up to severe warmness and cold.

Nearly two million cubic toes of stone used to be used in the building and used to be sourced from one of a kind websites round the world, inclusive of limestone from Bulgaria and Turkey; Marble from Greece, Turkey and Italy; Granite from India and China; Sandstone from India and different ornamental stones from Europe, Asia, Latin America.

The Brahma Kund, a usual Indian stepwell, carries water from over three hundred our bodies of water from round the world, which includes the holy rivers of India and all 50 states of the US. Sustainable practices of BAPS consist of a photo voltaic panel farm, a fly ash concrete mix, and the planting of over two million timber international in the previous few decades.

Volunteers from throughout the US helped with the meeting of Akshardham. They have been guided through artisan volunteers from India. Millions of volunteer hours have been committed to the making of Akshardham.

Said to be a landmark of Hindu lifestyle and structure in the Western hemisphere, Akshardham would be formally inaugurated on October eight underneath the preparation of BAPS religious head Mahant Swami Maharaj. It will be open for site visitors from October 18.

“It (voluntarism) is our tradition. There are so many references in our typical Hindu Parampara (tradition), or scriptures or our lineage the place you can Seva in constructing a temple is very meritorious,” Aksharvatsaldas Swami said.

“But mainly in this temple, it has been a special factor due to the fact of the scale of the Maha mandir. So the variety of volunteers would naturally grow,” he said.

“This is a lifetime opportunity,” stated one of the volunteers from Alabama, who has left her work and has been main a crew of 20 girls volunteers as section of the waterproofing team. So did any other volunteer Ravi Patel, an accountant from Atlanta.

BAPS officials stated volunteers have dedicated hundreds of thousands of hours of selfless carrier to the temple. They vary from 18 years historical to over 60, from college students to CEOs of companies, doctors, engineers and architects. Many of them have taken go away from work for months and have rented condos close to the development web page to volunteer their offerings in constructing the temple.