One of the most popular attractions in Delhi
The Birla temple of Delhi is more popularly known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. It is one of the most popular attractions in Delhi.
Location of the temple
This sacred temple is situated over an area of 7.5 acres on the Mandir Marg. The beautiful Mandir Marg is located in the west of the Connaught Place in New Delhi, the capital of India.
History of the temple
The magnificient temple was built from 1933 to 1939. It was constructed by Baldeo Das Birla of the Birla family. This family of industrialists has bulit many other temples in various parts of India. The Laxmi Narayan Temple is one of the greatest Birla creations. It was inaugurated in 1939 by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation.
The shrines in the Lakshmi Narayan Temple
The main temple houses the idols of Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi, two prominent Hindu deities. Lord Narayan is regarded as the preserver of the world. His consort, Goddess Lakshmi, is worshipped as the goddess of wealth. There are also smaller shrines dedicated to other divine beings like
- Lord Krishna – The friend god.
- Lord Shiva – The destroyer god.
- Lord Ganesha – The god of wisdom.
- Lord Hanuman – The god of knowledge.
- Goddess Durga – The Goddess of Power.
- Lord Buddha – He is regarded as one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the creator of the universe.
Fast facts about the architecture
- The Birla Mandir consists of high, curved towers crested with ribbed circular motifs.
- Red sandstone and white marble has been used for the exterior walls.
- The temple has been constructed in the north-Indian or Nagara architectural style.
- The idols have been created out of Jaipur marble.
- About a hundred skilled pundits from Varanasi carved the statues of this temple.
- The peak of the temple is approximately 160 feet high.
- Kota stone were brought in from Agra, Kota, Makarana and Jaisalmer for the construction of the temple.
- Religious scenes from Hindu mythlogy have been carved into the wallls of this temple.
- The inner court is flanked by two-storyed verandahs on three directions. Gardens and fountains are located at the back of the Birla temple.
How to reach the temple
You can get local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws from Delhi to reach the Lakshmi Narayan temple. R.K.Ashram Marg, located 2 kms away from the temple, is the nearest Delhi Metro station.
Anyone can visit this temple. Before the inauguration of the temple, Mahatma Gandhi had specially instructed the Birla family not to put any restriction on the visitors. That is why, the temple not only allows Hindus but also people of every caste.
You can visit the Birla Mandir anytime between 7 am and 12 am in the morning. The visiting hours in the evening are from 2 pm to 9 pm.