Birla Mandir – Delhi’s famous Vishnu Temple.
Located to the west of Connaught Place, Birla Mandir, also known as The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a famous hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is also refered to as Laxminarayan. One can easily reach the temple through local city buses, autorickshaws and taxis. The R.K. Ashram metro station is only 2kms from the temple. It attracts lots of tourists from all over the world. On Janmasthmi and Diwali, many devotees come here. It is considered to be one of the most popular Vaishnavite temples of India.
It was built by B.D. Birla, an industrialist in the late 1930s. Maharaj Udaybhanu Singh laid the foundation stone of the temple. Swami Keshwa Nandji performed the Yagna. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and he wanted it to be open to people of all castes.
Architectural Styles Used
The temple has three storeys and the Nagara style of architecture has been used to build it. Carvings showing Hindu mythological scenes beautify the walls of the temple. The deities of this temple were carved by artisans who came from Benaras and worked under the expert guidance of Acharya Vishvanath Shastri. Fresco Paintings adorn the shrine. The temple has been constructed using Kota stone from Jaisalmer and Kota. It is built on a high platform facing the east. The icons kept in the temple are made of marble and have been ordered from Jaipur. The complex is spread over an area of thirty thousand square metres. It has a beautiful garden with fountains. The temple has been beautified using artificial landscaping.
The deity of Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi are kept in the main temples. There are temples of Shiva, Budhha and Krishna on the sides. This magnificent temple houses many sculptures and deities Located to the north of the temple is the Geeta Bhawan which houses the deity of Lord Krishna and is also used for giving religious discourses. The dome on the left houses the deity of Goddess Durga.