Dakshinamurthy Temple or EME Temple, as it is popularly known, is a beautiful shrine situated in the EME (Electrical Mechanical Engineering) premises in Vadodara
. The temple, unique in concept and design, is a geodesic structure covered with aluminum sheets. It is regarded as the only structure of its kind in the country.
EME Temple is dedicated to Lord Dakshinamurthy, an incarnation of Lord Shiva as 'Jagadguru' (universal teacher) facing south and preaching to the world. The temple is situated amid five Banyan trees, known as Panchvati. The temple complex boasts magnificent idols which were obtained from the excavations undertaken in nearby areas; some of them date back to the 6th century. These idols are beautifully arranged along the path-way.
The EME Temple's architecture represents five religions - the 'kalash' on the top of the dome stands for Hinduism; the 'dome' for Islam; the 'tower' for Christianity; the 'golden-structure' on the top of the tower for Buddhism and the 'entrances' to the temple with their shapes symbolizes Jainism.
The temple also has a playground for children. EME Temple, run entirely by the army authorities, is a major attraction for both tourist and devotees.
Vadodara Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead.