Akshardham Temple: The Exterior

Akshardham is a Hindu temple in New Delhi, India. This monument to the gods was constructed long, long ago, back in the year… *checks notes* 2005. Few remember what life was like in those ancient times, but historians say the telephones of that era could be folded in half. I didn’t actually realize this place was so new until I’d already started drawing it, but I’m really happy that people are still building places that would make good fantasy maps.

Akshardham is dedicated to several deities, but the primary one is Swaminarayan. I’m not actually clear on whether Swaminarayan is a god or not, but he is believed to be the manifestation of Krishna, who is definitely a god. So, does that make him a god by extension? I don’t know enough about Hinduism to answer that question, but in any case, they did build a pretty spectacular temple in his honor.

Next, I’ll be drawing the interior of the temple, which should only take a few days. After that, I’ll be drawing the map chosen by last month’s Cartographic Congress, which is also a real place in India: Murud-Janjira, an island fort just off the western coast. Having just drawn the map above, I am very pleased to say that Murud-Janjira has no roof whatsoever. THANK GOD. You make a lovely roof, guys. You really do. But they’re not easy to draw.

Anyway, I’ll have DM notes and all that once I’m done with the interior, but until then, I hope you like the map!

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