Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple has a short but nice history to it. Built by
G.D. Birla in 1938, this temple was designed in a contemporary form of the traditional Nagara style. It is an important historic place of worship, being one of the very first temples in India to be open to members of all castes. It is also said that the temple's first puja was attended by Mahatma Gandhi.
The temple (free to visit) opens quite early and we found it nice to visit in the morning, while the temple was mostly clear of tourists. You can't wear shoes inside so best to bring some socks if visiting in the winter months as the marble floor is very cold. Also, camera or mobile phones must be left in lock boxes before you enter the main temple grounds area. This is ok as the entire room where the lock boxes are located is guarded so your possessions are well protected. We had to do this and had no issues with any of our things.
Within the temple grounds, you will find the main temple shrine with images of Vishnu and Lakshmi. Additional shrines to Shiva, Krishna and Durga, Hanuman, Genesha and Buddha can be found and each are attractive, well-designed and quite nice to to inspect. Another thing we really liked was that the temple is spotlessly clean, which makes it very pleasant to wander around. In the end, Birla Mandir is not only beautiful and clean, it is a very peaceful place to visit in Delhi. There is a beautiful garden backside of temple you can sit and enojy the peace .
The temple was built in 1622 by Vir Singh Deo, and renovated by Prithvi Singh in 1793. During 1933-39, Laxmi Narayan Temple was built by Baldeo Das Birla of Birla family. Thus, the temple is also known as Birla Temple. The famous temple is accredited to have been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. At that time, Mahatma Gandhi kept a condition that the temple would not be restricted to the Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside. Since then, funds for further renovations and support have come from the Birla family.
It is also said about the Birla Family of India, that till the time they keep constructing The Radha Krishna Temple, they will continue to prosper. That is also one of the reasons they keep constructing a Birla Temple in many cities of India. when one is finished, they start the other.
The temple is located on the Mandir Marg, situated west of the Connaught Place in New Delhi. The temple is easily accessible from the city by local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. Nearest Delhi Metro station is R.K.Ashram Marg, located about 2 km away.
Near to Connaught Place, this garish modern temple was erected by the industrialist B.D. Birla in 1938. It is dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune, and is commonly known as Birla Mandir or Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
The temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities . Interestingly Mahatama Gandhi who inaugurated the temple was also a regular visitor to it and would often pray there.
This is a nice place to go sightseeing but i do not think you are allowed to go in.
I had noticed the different styles of temples and asked our guide. He took us to the Laxmi Narayan Temple [Birla Mandir] dedicated to Laxmi Narayan. the main shrine has images of Lord Vishnu and his consort Laxmi. There were also shrines to Ghanesh and Shiva.
The temple itself is being re-decorated and seems very large. You have to remove your shoes before going in, and leave cameras in a locker.
I found it very difficult to understand the relationship between the gods, and the guide was of little help.
Much was made clearer when I heard the audioguide at the museum in Mumbai.
And the Jain temple in Mumbai was a completely different experience [see Mumbai tips].
Worshippers were coming and going, throwing or placing garlands, coconuts and spices in front of their favoured god.
Other temples I noticed were a Sikh temple visible from the terrace of the Humayun Tomb, and Digambar Jain Lal Mandir , opposite the Red Fort.
All three were very different.
Located fairly near to Pahar Ganj, the Birla Mandir (Lakshmi Narayan Temple) was built in 1938 by the Birla family who are industrialists. Its a huge complex where all the buildings are painted burgundy and yellow and the temple is full of mirrors and colourful pictures of various Hindu gods and goddesses.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple - This temple was build by G. D. Birla in 1938. This beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. It is also known as the Birla Mandir.
Birla Mandir is the name by which the Lakshmi Narayan Temple is more commonly known. It's a recently-built temple (from 1938) by a man called D. Birla. It's an Indu temple, too - and dedicated to Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and fortune. The architecture is really stunning, but the colours in which it's painted are a bit too garish to be called pretty. Inside photography is not allowed, but the temple is splendid - the wall paintings are truly superb - and we were lucky enough to have been given a blessing and put a red mark on our forehead. it was a pleasant visit. Entrance is free.
in 1938. This beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. It is also known as the Birla Mandir.
This an impressive "very clean"temple with marble stairs,wall inscriptions and scriptures as well as shrines.It has an impressive facade,gracious attendents and a very good shop.A great place to get upto date with the myriad of hindu gods and stories..well worth
BIRLA TEMPLE is an hindu temple, it's a pity I don't have pictures from inside because it is really wonderful. I remember, above all, the incense and food smeell and the colorful gods. Outside there is a kind of garden, vegetation and there is a beutiful statue of an elephant. The morning I visit there were lots of people from the Rajastan, and it was wonderful visit the temple and see thir beatiful and colorful clothes they were.
This modern Hindu temple is an major tourist stop for its art and a learning stop for features of modern hinduism.
I liked the mirror room... lots of mirrors looking in on each other, see yourself multiplied, took me back to being a kid!