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Others present at the inauguration were the head of the Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Swami Maharaj, Leader of the Opposition L K Advani and Delhi Lieutenant Governor B L Joshi.

In his inaugural speech, Dr Singh hoped that Akshardham would have a pride of place for people from all over India and that they would go back with peace and an edifying message.

Kalam penned a poem especially for the monument, which captures the feelings of non-resident Indians at the time of leaving.

The President added, "Swaminarayan Akshardham has ancient heritage and modern technology under one roof. It is both for experience and enlightenment. It has the best of modern media, the power of knowledge and lively images.

Image: Swami Maharaj presents a photograph to Dr Manmohan Singh

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