Birla Temple is one of the major landmarks
of New Delhi, the
of the India. 20th century built Birla Temple or Lakshmi Narayan Temple, is
dedicated to Lord Vishnu - the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. The temple
enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon.
Situated at the heart of the city, Birla Mandir is one of the major tourist
and pilgrim destinations of Delhi. Built in 1983, Birla Temple, looks
similar to old Orissan temples. The temple is built in the Nagara style of
architecture with modern taste. The entire temple is decorated with relief
carvings featuring mythological scenes. The highest Shikhara of the temple
above the sanctum sanctorum soars 165 feet upward. The temple faces the east
and is situated on a high platform. The icons of the temple are made of
marble brought from Jaipur. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the
marble idol of Vishnu or Narayan and Laxmi. On either side are installed the
idols of goddess Durga and Lord Shiva in separate temples. There are other
small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman. The holy
Vedas are also enshrined in this temple. One of the temples is dedicated to
Buddha in the temple complex, describing his life and work, with mural
paintings. The whole temple complex is full of paintings carried out by
artists from Jaipur in Rajasthan.
It was built in the 20th century by the Birla family of industrialists B D
Birla known for its many other temples in India. It is modern in concept and
construction. This temple was built over a six year period (1933 - 1939) by
Birla Foundation and was opened by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938.
Places of interest near Birla Mandir
Connaught Place for Shopping
How to Reach Birla Mandir
Located in the west of Connaught Place, Birla Mandir is situated at the
heart of the New Delhi, easily accessible by either air, rail or road.