Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir )
Mandir Marg, DIZ Area, Near Gole Market,
New Dwlhi -110001
Phone : 011-24647005
The Laxminarayan Temple Delhi , also known as the Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. Laxminarayan usually refers to Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti, also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Lakshmi. The temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, was made built by B.R.Birla and Vijay Tyagi from 1933 and 1939. The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha.
The Laxminarayan Temple Delhi is spread over 7.5 acres, adorned with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden, and also houses Geeta Bhawan for discourses. The temple is one of the major attractions of Delhi and attracts thousands of devotees on the Hindu festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali.
The three-storied temple is built in the northern or Nagara style of temple architecture. The entire temple is adorned with carvings depicting the scenes from golden yuga of the present universe cycle. More than hundred skilled artisans from Benares, headed by Acharya Vishvanath Shastri, carved the icons of the temple. The highest shikhara of the temple above the sanctum sanctorum is about 160 feet high. The temple faces the east and is situated on a high plinth. The shrine is adorned with fresco paintings depicting his life and work. The icons of the temple are in marble brought from Jaipur. Kota stone from Makarana, Agra, Kota and Jaisalmer were used in the construction of the temple premises.The Geeta Bhawan to the north of the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Artificial landscape and cascading waterfalls add to the beauty of the temple.
The main temple houses statues of Lord Narayan and Hindu Goddess Lakshmi Lakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha. The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses Devi Durga, the Hindu goddess of Shakti, the power.
Source : Wikipedia
Visiting Hours : From 4.30 AM to 01.30 PM and 2.30 PM to 9.00 PM
Entry : Free
Must see : Geeta Bhawan – Hall Where Paintings Depicting Scenes From Indian Mythology are Displayed.
Other Attractions : Gardens and Fountains Inside the Premises.
Inside tip : Friday – Special Day of the Goddess Vaibhav Laxmi is best day to Visit this Temple.