Birla Mandir (Birla Temple) is also called as the Lakshminarayan Temple and considered as one of the most prominent temples and tourist attractions in Delhi. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Narayana who is the preserver. The main temple also accommodated side temples into its premises which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, and Lord Buddha. This temple opens for all religious.
In 1938, this beautiful temple was built by the industrialist BD Birla and his son JK Birla who is one of the well-known business tycoons of India. This three-storied temple is a perfect example of the Nagara Architectural Style. It is the first temple which is made by Birla Family across the country. This exotic structure was built with red sandstone along with amazing sculptures and latticework that make it a remarkable behold. This temple was inaugurated by the Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation. The Yagna and concluding ceremony was performed by Swami Keshwa Nandji. Modern technologies and extensive materials are used to craft this magnificent monument.
It is one of the biggest Hindu temples in Delhi. It is a three-storied monument and the biggest highlight of this temple is its Shikara. Scenes from the golden yuga are carved around the temple walls. This temple also has a work of Kota stone that was brought from many places like Agra, Makrana, Kota, and Jaisalmer. It is an east-facing temple and looks amazingly beautiful during the sunrise. Cascading waterfalls and artificial landscapes add the scenic charm to this place. Also, it is adorned by some fresco paintings as well.
The timings of Birla Mandir Delhi is 4:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 9:00 PM. It has a huge hall and accommodates a large number of devotees during the Aarti times in the morning as well as in the evening. During the Navratri festivals, it attracts thousands of people from all over the country. There is no entry fee to visit this temple but the cameras are prohibited inside the temple.
Apart from the idol of the presiding deity, it has remarkable idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Lord Rama, Lord Ganesha, and Lord Hanuman. It also consists of Geeta Bhawan which is embellished with striking paintings and depicts the scenes from Indian mythology. On the other hand, visitors can trace the enchanting gardens and fountains in the temple complex. Even, the temple authorities have made adequate arrangements of the guest house in its complex for the tourists.
This fabulous Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is situated on Mandir Marg, West of Connaught Place. It is a well-connected place and one can reach by numerous transport mediums that are Metro, Buses, Taxi, Car, and auto-rickshaw. The popular tourist attractions nearby the Birla Temple Delhi are Raj Ghat, India Gate, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jantar Mantar, Lodhi Garden, Humayun’s Tomb, the revolving restaurant Parikrama, Bengali Market, etc.
The best time to visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple Delhi is during the festivities such as Diwali, Janmashtami, and Ram Navami. One can witness the extravagant decorations in the temple during festive times. Even, many international scholars visit this temple to learn about Hindu Religion.