by Invited Guests
Murti-Pratishtha Assembly, 6 feb
03, New Delhi
Shri Lalkrishna Advani
Deputy Prime Minister of India
Personally I am extremely delighted that this mandir has been completed.
I am the Member of Parliament for Gandhinagar. So I can say that I represent
Akshardham in Parliament. The glory of Akshardham first spread throughout
the world when the mandir in London was inaugurated. A member of the House
of Commons in London, Barry Gardiner, is also seated here today. Because
of the mandir there, devotion has influenced his outlook. Otherwise who
would say, "Do not compare Akshardham with the Taj Mahal. The Taj
Mahal is a symbol of death and this is a symbol of life."
Much has been heard about the seven wonders of the world. But some time
ago, the Reader's Digest published the book 70 Wonders of the 20th Century.
In it, the mandir in Neasden, London, represents India's contribution.
Again, last year, when some terrorists attacked Akshardham in Gandhinagar,
it became discussed internationally.
Annually, only 3 million tourists visit India. The reason is that we have
not been able to present our history, traditions and spirituality in the
appropriate way. But Akshardham has done that job of presenting our culture.
On the banks of Yamuna we have this mandir and there will be an exhibition
of our culture also.
I have seen the plans for the presentation of India's culture and immortal
values. They are superb. Seeing them, I feel that no visitors will leave
New Delhi without seeing this place of India's priceless values. For this
I congratulate Pramukh Swami Maharaj and his team for giving India and
its capital, New Delhi, such an outstanding monument.
Today, as part of its first phase, this mandir has been inaugurated. I
am honoured to be present here on this auspicious occasion in the presence
of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and offer my prostrations to him.
Shri Dr. Manmohansingh
Leader of the Opposition,
There are certain eternal values, and this temple, the temple at Akshardham
and the temple in London, are the finest examples of living India's eternity.
And that Delhi, this historic city, which has seen so many ups and downs
in its history, its long and tortuous history, should have the unique
distinction of beginning this 21st century with the consecration of this
great temple - a great symbol of India's living and eternal civilisation
is something which all Indians should feel immensely proud of. And for
this we are eternally grateful to you, respected Pramukh Swamiji, that
you have blessed us with this great temple of spirituality. And I have
no doubt that the 21st century is going to be India's century, that the
message of our civilisation, of our culture, will go far and wide to every
nook and corner of the world. And that eternal message of love, of peace,
of harmony will go from one corner of the earth to the other. And that's
my hope, that's my confidence, that is my prayer.
Shri Narendra Modi
Chief Minister, Gujarat
Today is Vasant Panchmi. Over the past centuries, the history of Delhi
is one of struggle for power. But the dawn of the 21st century heralds
a new Spring. Spirituality has been reawakened in a new form. I believe
that this century brings us a new understanding, which can be seen here
today. And the inspirer of this great work is Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
People ask, "What should a guru be like?" Like Pramukh Swami
Maharaj. But I ask, "What should a disciple be like?" Often,
in passing, Yogiji Maharaj said, "There should be a mandir on the
banks of the Yamuna." A guru will reveal many such thoughts. But
how many disciples are there who capture a small utterance by their guru
and spend their entire life in fulfilling it. Yogiji Maharaj had not given
an order, he had not delivered any speeches, but he uttered casually,
"We want to build a mandir on the banks of Yamuna." And today
this mandir is ready. I believe that there is no greater offering to one's
guru than this. Only a great disciple can complete this work. And only
one who is a great disciple can become a great guru.
Today is Shastriji Maharaj's birthday. Look at the coincidence. In the
entire Swaminarayan Sampraday, there is one all-marble mandir in Gadhada
and the second is here. Shastriji Maharaj made the mandir in Gadhada and
today, on Shastriji Maharaj's birthday, the second has been made by Pramukh
Pramukh Swami Maharaj has nurtured a peaceful and silent revolution. I
have never heard people say that Pramukh Swami Maharaj is a very good
speaker. When metal touches a parasmani, the metal is converted to gold.
Similarly, Pramukh Swami Maharaj's life is like a parasmani such that
by his mere touch many people's lives are transformed. By his mere darshan,
one's direction is changed. I bow at the feet of such a spiritual guru,
Pramukh Swami Maharaj. I have full faith that this new spiritual reawakening
initiated in the country's capital will carry influence throughout the
Shri Vijay Kapoor
When I first came for the darshan of Pramukh Swami Maharaj at the start
of this project, he welcomed me with great warmth, garlanded me and in
the conversation said, "You are the eleventh governor of Delhi I
have garlanded. The previous ten were not able to help." But it is
my great fortune that this project has been commenced and is approaching
completion during my tenure. I believe that a place like this where hundreds
of thousands of people will come for peace of mind and inspiring thoughts
is absolutely essential. That is why I have helped wherever it has been
possible. It is a great honour for Delhi that such a grand mandir dedicated
to Indian spirituality and culture is being developed here. And for me
it is a personal honour to have been able to help in this project.
Shri L. M. Singhvi
Ex-High Commissioner of India
to the UK and Eminent Lawyer
Just as Bhagirath brought the Ganga to earth, today's Bhagirath, Pramukh
Swami Maharaj, has come to us and let flow the Ganga of spirituality throughout
India and the entire world.
Thousands of years ago, a campaign for human literacy was launched. Similarly,
Akshardham is a new campaign for literacy. It is pure. Akshardham is a
symbol which will spread the message of vivek, non-discrimination and
ahimsa. Pramukh Swami Maharaj has touched the lives of all peoples. He
has revived the flame of spirituality in all. He has given a new message
to thousands and his contribution in strengthening society is matchless,
like the work of Vishwakarma, the matchless architect. Today, on the vast
banks of Yamuna we see a new dawn, which is lighting up Delhi and will
light up the whole country and the world.
I remember the Swaminarayan Mandir in London. It gives a vision of India's
eternal spirituality to hundreds of thousands of people. In the same way,
hundreds of thousands of people will come here and see the mind of India
and will experience Indian culture. For giving this experience, I congratulate
Pramukh Swami Maharaj. In each stone, in each carving, his divine inspiration
can be seen. This is not the darshan of an ordinary man, but is a divine
inspiration. We are truly indebted to him. Today's celebration is a celebration
for the whole of India. And I am honoured to be a part of it.
MP for Brent
Jai Shri Swaminarayan. Pramukh Swami. Advaniji, distinguished guests.
I bring you greetings from the Prime Minister Tony Blair to this celebration.
The Prime Minister himself has been to see the wonderful temple that we
have in Neasden in Brent. He has been there and his heart was made glad
by that as mine is today, visiting you here for the consecration of this
The consecration of the temple is when the life of God comes into the
stone, and it is a very dangerous thing for a politician to take issue
with a sadhu. But earlier today the sadhu said that the temple in Neasden
is like the Taj Mahal of Britain. No. The stones are as beautiful as the
Taj Mahal in Britain but the Taj Mahal is the monument to death; the temple
in Neasden is the monument to life!
Today, Pramukh Swamiji, you see before you some of the great politicians
of India. Why do politicians come? To pay their respects here today. It
is because; as with the consecration of a temple, it is the life of God
that is brought into the stone. It is because, what we seek to do as politicians,
is to recognize not the flesh and blood of each other, but the life of
God within each other.
That is for you to teach us and that is how we try to serve.
Thank You. Jai Hind!