Birla Mandir or Lakshmi Narayan Temple Delhi
Birla Temple in Delhi, also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple Delhi, is a famous Lord Vishnu temple situated on the Mandir Marg, to the west of the Connaught Place in New Delhi
. The temple is one of the prestigious landmarks in the nation’s capital New Delhi. Built in 20th century by the Birla family it is modern in concept and construction. It attracts several devotees and international tourists.
History of Laxmi Narayan Temple Delhi
The temple was built in1622 by Vir Singh Deo and later it was renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. During the period of 1933-39, Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built by Baldeo Das Birla of Birla family. Hence it is also known as Birla Mandir. Another significance of Lakshmi Narayan Temple is that the temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939 with the condition that the temple must be open to all castes including the untouchables.
The main temple has statues of Lord Narayan
and Goddess Lakshmi
who are worshipped mainly there. There are small shrines of Lord Shiva
, Lord Ganesha
, and Lord Hanuman
. To the left side of the temple is the shrine of Goddess Durga
and there is also another shrine for Lord Buddha. The temple attracts devotees mainly during the festivals of Sree Krishna Janmashatami
. All major Hindu festivals are celebrated at the temple with great pomp and splendor.
Architecture of Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Delhi Birla Temple is built in the Nagara style of architecture combined with modern influences. The entire temple is adorned with relief carvings showing the scenes from mythology. The idols of the temple were carved by over hundreds of skilled pundits from Benares under the supervision of Acharya Vishwanath Shastri. The highest tower in the temple reaches a height of 165 feet while the ancillary towers reach 116 feet. A hall adorned with beautiful paintings showing pictorial representation of Hindu mythology is called Geeta Bhavan.
The entire temple complex especially the walls and upper gallery are full of paintings done by artists from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The temple has all tall curved towers and the exterior of the temple is faced with the white marble and red sandstone typical of Delhi’s Mughal architecture. The interior court has two storey verandahs on three sides and there are gardens and fountains at the rear. The idols of the temple are in marble are brought from Jaipur. Kota stone from Makarana, Agra, Kota and Jaisalmer were used in the construction of the temple premises. The temple premises have some small rock temples which are more popular among the children. Artificial landscape and cascading waterfalls add to the beauty of the temple. The rare combination of sculptures, idols, spires and jails makes Birla Mandir a splendor in terms of architecture.
How to Reach Delhi Birla Temple
Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Delhi is easily accessible from the city by local buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. Nearest Delhi Metro station is RK Ashram Marg, located about 2 km away.
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