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Laxmi Narayan Mandir
About Laxmi Narayan Mandir

Birla Mandir, Jaipur is a Hindu temple initially known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and is situated below the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur, India and it is part of one of the several Birla mandirs situated all around the country. This temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. The grand temple is positioned on a prominent ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Rajasthan. The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional ancient Hindu temples, and is built with a modern approach.

This temple forms one of the main attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks striking, when it is vibrantly lit in the night. The huge temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his companion Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. Birla Mandir is built in the finest quality of white marble. The three huge grounds of the temple symbolize three different approaches to the religion. The beautiful white marble temple enthralls the spectators, when it shines at night. Stained glass widows portray the scenes from Hindu scriptures. Ganesh the protector of households, is above the lintel, and the fine quality of marble is apparent when you enter the temple and look back at the entrance way. The images of Lakshmi and Narayan attract the attention, being made out from one piece of marble. Many of the deities of the Hindu pantheon are depicted inside the temple, and on the outside walls great historical personages and figures from all religions are shown, including Zarathustra, Christ, Socrates, Confucius, and Budhda. The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a modern architectural wonder, surrounded by lush green gardens. The attractive exteriors of the temple are engraved wonderfully with beautiful sculptures based of fabulous themes, while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying mythological events.

Inside this magnificent shrine, wonderfully sculpted idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, as well as other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, can be seen. Delicate carvings of Hindu symbols, and ancient quotes from the Geeta and the Upanishads adorn the walls of this charming temple. One can also recognize the fabulous events engraved on the walls. Apart from the religious idols, pictures and figures of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra and Confucius, are also included in the temple. A work of art, this temple truly represents architectural beauty, in a modern form.

History of The Temple

According to history, the Birla temple was constructed on the land given to the Birla family by the Maharaja, for just a token sum of one rupee. One of India's most well-known business families, B.M Birla Foundation, founded this temple in the year 1988.

Layout Of The Temple

Situated beneath the Moti Dungri Fort, the Birla Temple has three domes to represent the three religions of India; a tribute to the secular nature of the country. The Birla temple is bordered by lavish green gardens that highlight the Magnificience of the temple.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit this temple is between the months of October to March. In this temple, 'Janmashtami', the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, is celebrated with great passion and zest; that is the time you would observe the glamour of this temple at its fullest scale. At night, one can witness the temple illuminated beautifully, against the dark skyline.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Apart from the main temple, the Birla Temple complex incorporates a magnificent museum that exhibits the ancestral possessions of the Birla family, and a astonishing garden with a shopping complex. Various items are available at this shopping complex, perfect for tourists who wish to make their trip memorable. Located very near the Birla temple is another well-known temple of Jaipur, the Ganesh Mandir or Moti Dungri Temple. The people who visit the Birla Temple usually visit the Ganesh Mandir as well.

The Birla Temple has a peaceful and calm atmosphere that compliments this religious site. The temple's beautiful structural patterns and graceful carvings represent the stylish architectural formation of a modern India. The Birla Temple is suitably located in the city, and is surrounded by a luxurious garden setting, making this temple a major attraction, for tourists everywhere.

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, Birla Mandir in the pink City exhibits modern architecture. Though the temple is named after the deities, it is rather known by the name Birla temple, since this was built by the corporate giants, Birla Foundation. Built in with impressive white marble, this temple presents an enthralling look. The chief deity in the temple gives an ethereal appeal since it is made up of a single piece of marble.

The temple premises hold images of many other deities and among them the image of Lord Ganesh looks quite important. Its three domes represents the rich secular principles of Indian democracy. The temples is decorated with rich statues and carved images that reveals the mythological aspects of the Hindu religion. With its fine artistic works and structural magnificence Birla Mandir presents as a striking formation of modern time.



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