Birla Mandir in DelhiBirla Mandir (Birla Temple) also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, is one of the important temples in Delhi and is located on Mandir Marg, in the west of Connaught Place. The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Lord Vishnu (considered to be the preserver). The side temples in the premises are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna and Gautam Buddha. Birla Temple was built by famous industrialist G.D. Birla in 1938 and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi with a promise that people of all caste and creed will be allowed to enter the temple. It is also said that Mahatma Gandhi was also a part of the first puja and aarti (prayer) conducted at the temple. Built under the guidance of Pandit Vishwanath Shastri, the foundation stone of the temple was laid by the Ruler of Dholpur Maharaj Udaybhanu Singh.
Birla Temple is one of the popular tourist destination as well and attract more than thousands of devotees on the festive occasions of Diwali, Ram Navami and Janmashtami. It is adorned with shrines and a large garden with fountains. Besides the main temple an artificial mountainous landscape is made with waterfalls. The quiet and calm premise of the temple gives its visitors a holy and serene feeling. Another attraction of the temple is the Lord Krishna temple where the idol of Lord Krishna can be seen in multiples reflections placed in the temple.
The temples architecture resembles Oriya and contemporary form of the traditional Nagara style and the walls are embroidery with quotes from Upanishads and the Hindu epic Bhagwat Gita with Hindu symbols. Birla temple is built with the red Dholpur stones and has magnificent carvings. There are frescoes on life of Lord Buddha and also depicting the scenes of Hindu mythology.
Location: Near Gole Market, Mandir Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Nearest Metro Station: R K Ashram Marg metro station on the Blue line of Delhi metro.
Bus Route: One can take following DTC buses to reach Birla Mandir : 216, 310, 610, 729, 966, 990A1, 871, RL77
Timings: 6 am to 10 pm (best time to visit is during the morning and evening)
Days Closed: None
Photography: Prohibited inside the prayer hall
Nearby attractions: India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Hanuman Mandir and popular hotels & restaurants like Hotel Le Meridian, Hotel Imperial, Delhi Darbar and Parikrama revolving restaurant.
- Mobile, Camera and other electronic items are to be submitted before entering in the temple complex. The locker room is available at the entrance gate and lockers are provided free of cost.
- It requires around 30 to 45 minutes to look around and to watch the evening Arti in the temple.
- Best time to visit Birla Temple is during Janmashtami as the temple is elaborately known for it and thousands of devotees gather during this auspicious day to pay reverence to Lord Krishna. The temple also attract devotees during the festivities of Diwali and Ram Navami.