Birla Mandir, also recognized as the Laxminarayan Temple is a famous Hindu temple of Delhi, India, which is devoted to Laxminarayan. The temple was built to tribute the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi and her spouse, Lord Vishnu and conservator in the Trimurti, Narayana. Further, Birla Mandir was constructed by Mr. B.D. Birla from the Birla Group of Industries, which is one of the famed business industrialists of India. You will be amazed to know that the temple was inaugurated by respected mahatma Gandhi, a pioneer of satyagraha, on one condition, that the gates of Birla Mandir will allow people from all casts.
Further, the side temples are devoted to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna as well as Lord Buddha. Birla Mandir, which extends over 7.5 acres, is ornamented with many temples, fountains and a big garden. Also, the temple shelters Geeta Bhawan, which is devoted to Lord Krishna. Thousands of followers visit Birla Mandir on the famous Hindu festivals like Janmashtami and Diwali. The unique three-storey exterior of Birla Mandir is designed in the northern or Nagara style interiors. The view of the temple is really soothing and beautiful. The complete temple is decorated with imprints portraying the images from Hindu mythology.
Hundreds of trained artist of Benares followed Acharya Vishvanath Shastri and engraved the sculptures of the temple. The biggest shikhara of Birla Mandir above the chamber sanctorum is approximately 160 feet high. Facing east, Birla Mandir is positioned on a high pedestal. The temple is festooned with fresco paintings portraying his life as well as his work. Additionally, the icons of Birla Mandir are specifically brought from the pink city, Jaipur. The temple was build using the Kota stone transported from the states like Makarana, Agra, Kota and Jaisalmer. Birla Mandir also comprises of artificial cascading waterfalls and scenery, which doubles the beauty of the temple.
Positioned at Mandir Marg near to Connaught Place, New Delhi, Birla Mandir is easily reachable, through local taxi, buses, metro, etc. so, if you want to visit this incredible temple of India, book yourself to India tours and enjoy.