Abhishek Mandap at Akshardham Temple


The custom of bathing the deity for completion of one’s prayers is called Abhishek. During this ritual, the devotee pours water over the idol while the mantras and prayers are chanted in background.

Abhishek of Neelkanth

Devotees can conduct the Abhishek of idol of Neelkanth Varni who is acknowledged as yogic and youthful form of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. This custom of bathing the idol is an exceptional ritual which is open for all visitors. This custom is very commonly coupled by prayers that are offered for wish fulfilment. The holistic and spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan fellowship, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, sanctified this idol of Neelkanth Varni in year 2005.

Abhishek Ritual

The ritual of Abhishek starts with tying a holy thread on your wrist. Then some Sanscrit shloks are recited in brief, post which each visitor and family bathes the idol of Neelkanth Varni using a small pot of holy water. The devotees are encouraged to offer their prayers for their friends, families and themselves during the bathing and sholkas ritual. This results in happiness and harmony for all.

Narayan Sarovar

Since the ancient Vedic times, our country India has had a glorious history and tradition of worshipping and respecting the stepwells, lakes and rivers. Considering the importance of this tradition, a holy water body Narayan Sarovar, encircles the significant Akshardham mandir. This water body contains holy water of approximately 151 lakes and rivers consecrated by Bhagwan Swaminarayan, which includes Yamuna, Ganga, Kshipra, Prayag Triveni Sangam, Manikarnika ghat, Indradyumna Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar, Pushkar Sarovar, and Mansarovar etc. 

There are nearly 108 bronze gaumukhs just on the outer wall of this temple, which signifies names of Almighty God. It is said that holy water spouts from these gaumukhs.

Tickets & Timings

1. Donation for Abhishek per person is 50 INR
2. The timings for Abhishek are 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
3. The time for Aarti is 6:30 pm
4. Duration for visiting and seeing the Aarti – 10 to 25 minutes maximum
5. The duration of the ritual is 10 to 15 minutes

You must deposit your shoes and place it in a shoe rack placed outside the Abhishek mandap. Make sure to wash your hands before you enter the mandap.