Laxmi Narayan Temple, popularly called as Birla Mandir, is located at New Delhi, India, dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan, one of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Lord is called by the name Laxmi Narayan, when He is with His consort Goddess Lakshmi. This temple was believed to be initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Laxmi Narayan Temple covers an area about 7.5 acres, embellished with many shrines in its temple complex and prettified with gardens, fountains and houses.
The three-storied temple was built by B.R. Birla, an entrepreneur and philanthropist in India and also by Jugal Kishore Birla, a scion of Birla family and eldest son of Baldeo Das Birla in the period of 1933 and 1939. And hence this temple is also called as Birla Mandir or Birla Temple. The temples at the side of the main shrine are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Lord Buddha. The temple is built in the Nagara style of architecture and the architect mentioned was Sris Chandra Chatterjee, a leading supporter of the ‘Modern Indian Architecture Movement’.
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Laxmi Narayan (Lord Vishnu), the preserver with His consort Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The temple also locates the shrines of Devi Durga, the Hindu goddess of Shakti, the power on its left side of the temple complex. The temple faces towards the east with Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) raising about 160 feet high.
It is said that the skilled artisans are bought from Benares leaded by Acharya Vishvanath Shastri who were used to design the icons of the temple. The temple is embellished with fresco paintings depicting the life of the temple deities. And the images are made of marbles, bought from Jaipur, Kota stone from Makarana, and Jaisalmer. The Geeta Bhawan which is located at the north side of the temple, is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The temple remains open from morning 04.30 am to 01.30 pm and again from 02.30 pm to 09.00 pm.
- Janmashtami – August or September
- Diwali – October or November
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