The Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the most popular holy places in Delhi. Truly, it is one of the most graceful spiritual zones of the city , an escapade into the world of inner freedom. A destination where spirituality perpetuates and the life-spring of devotion flows with the divine passion to purify the soul.
Mahatma’s spiritual & humanitarian anchorage.
This place of great virtue was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi 1938 A.D. He used to visit this place regularly. Birla Temple shares close association with Mahatma Gandhi-a great saviour for downtrodden and untouchables. He inaugurated this temple, only on condition that people from all the castes and creed would be allowed to enter the temple. On the temple’s entrance, you can see a plaque welcoming people of all faiths and classes.
The history of the temple
It was built by eminent industrialist Raja Baldev Birla. This temple is dedicated to Lakshmi , the goddess of wealth and Narayana , the preserver of this universe. It took nearly six years to construct this temple. The serene and piously enchanting surroundings awaken every soul from the slumber of this material world.
The architectural splendor
Birla Mandir is one of the landmark places in New Delhi. This temple reflects a modern concept of architectural innovation. It attracts several devotees national and international. The highest tower in the temple reaches a height of 165 feet while the ancillary towers reach 116 feet. The Geeta Bhavan, a hall is adorned with beautiful paintings depicting scenes from Indian mythology. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha in this complex with fresco paintings describing his life and work. The entire complex, especially the walls and the upper gallery are full of paintings carried out by artists from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The rear of the temple has been developed as an artificial mountainous landscape with fountains and waterfalls. The beautiful Birla Gardens are a real Eden on earth as they have been grafted with the adoration for the almighty.
“Blooming reverence”, on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.
Janmashtami – the birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated here with much gaiety, as the temple becomes a centre of attraction for thousands of devotees. Inside the temple premises, Gita Bhawan is located, where religious discourses and group prayers are organized everyday.
Other shrines in the temple
Durga and Shiva are the other major deities housed in this temple. Mention must be made of the Buddha temple in this complex. Access and Accommodation: Accommodation is available in the temple guest house for out of town travellers especially for international scholars pursuing knowledge in Sanskrit or in the Hindu religion.
Accommodation is available in the temple guest house for out of town travellers especially for international scholars pursuing knowledge in Sanskrit or in the Hindu religion.