Birla Mandir, DelhiLaxminarayan Temple, also called Birla Mandir is located 2 km west to the center of New Delhi, Connaught Square and is easily accessible. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of wealth Laxmi, and her husband, the protecter of God Narayan. It is full of colorful idol statures and decorations, and often plays a rhythmic Indian music.
Structure of Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir has a long history, and presents a very unique Orissan architectural style with the appearance of red, white and yellow mainly.
The bottom of Birla Mandir is a huge red base, the middle is the yellow hall, and the top is three purple-red towers- such a layout follows the typical Hindu temple style.
The three towers on the spire are inlaid with white marble reliefs and railings, and the whole building is quite imposing. The tallest tower in the Birla Mandir is 165 feet high, and there are beautiful pictures in the temple reflecting Indian mythology. For tourists, the most important thing is to come to this temple to see "Swastikas", which is the symbol of the ancient Indian Ayran, symbolizing perfection.
To the north of the three main halls is a temple dedicated to Narayan and his incarnation, the flute-playing Krishna. In addition, there are small shrines in theBirla Mandir, dedicated to the elephant god Ganesha, the monkey god Hanuman and so on. All the statues in this temple are carved out of white marble, and most of them look kindly, dressed in red robes with gold crowns.
Best Time to VisitThe best time to visit Birla Mandir is in the early morning, and every evening when a religious ceremony, Aarti is held. The recommended time for a visit is 1-3 hours.
History of Birla MandirBirla Mandir was built in 1622 and rebuilt by the Birla family in 1933-1939, so it is also known as the Birla Mandir. Mahatma Gandhi unveiled it in 1939, when he proposed that all castes were accessible and that the entrants were not limited to Hindus, to counter the serious religious contradictions and caste discrimination that existed in India at that time. Since then, funding for Birla Mandir’s further renovations and maintenance has come from the Birla family.
During the festival of Janmashtami and Deepavali, there are thousands of worshippers visit the temple.
Tips for Visiting Birla Mandir:1. If you take a taxi, just need to show the driver the name "Birla Mandir".
2. It is not allowed to take pictures when you visiting the temple.
3. Please mute the mobile phone before you entering the temple.
How to Get to Birla Mandir
1. Take an electric tricycle with around Rs 60
2. Take subway and get off at Rama Krishna Ashram Marg Station, then walk 1.4km or take an electric tricycle to get to the temple