The Laxminarayan Mandir is dedicated to God Laxminarayan an avatar of God Vishnu and is located in New Delhi, India. The Laxminarayan Mandir is one of the major temples and a prominent landmark in New Delhi.The Laxminarayan mandir is also called as the Birla Mandir because it was built by the Birla Family from 1933-39 AD. The Temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of wealth) and Narayana (one of Thrimurthi).
About the temple
The temple is spread over 7.5 acres, adorned with many shrines dedicated to God Shiva, Krishna and Buddha. The Temple also houses a Geeta Bhawan for spiritual discourses. Located on Mandir Marg near Connaught Circus in Delhi,The Birla Mandir is one of the first temples by the Birlas across the country and till date, the funds to support this temple come from the Birla Family.
The three-storied temple is built in Nagara style of architecture. LakshmiNarayan Mandir is magnificent structure with a modern touch. The Temple interiors have beautiful carvings depicting scenes from the Indian puranas and ithihasa. A team of hundreds of skilled craftsman from Benares headed by Acharya Vishvanath Shastri carved the idols of the temple. The Temple idols were made of marbles brought from Jaipur, Kota stones from Makarana, Agra, Kota and Jaisalmer were used in the construction of the Temple premises.
The Temple walls are decorated with symbols and quotes from the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads. The Birla Mandir faces east and stands on an elevated platform with the highest tower soaring an altitude of 165 ft, while the lowest is of about 116 ft. The Birla Mandir also enshrines the holy Vedas. The Splendor this temple is complemented by an artificial landscape in the back, with mountains and cascading waterfalls.
About the deity
God Lakshminarayan is a manifestation or avatar of God Vishnu. It is usually referring to God Vishnu who is also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort, Goddess Mahalakshmi in their abode, Vaikuntam.
Legend and Stories
The Temple was built by industrialist Baldeo Das Birla. The construction of this temple started in the year 1933 and got completed in the year 1939, the temple was inaugrated by Mahatma Gandhi. During the inauguration, Mahatma Gandhi kept a condition that the temple should not be restricted to one particular group of people but people belonging to all part of lives were to be allowed to visit the temple.
- Diwali - October / November
- Dussehra - October
- Bharat Bhavan Summer Festival - May
- Shivratri - February / March
- Holi Festival - February / March
Accommodation Facilities at The Temple
Keeping in mind the needs of the devotees,Birla Mandir provide best accommodation for out of town traveller with it’s guest house facility especially for international scholars pursuing knowledge in Sanskrit or in the Hindu religion.
Best Time To Visit
October to March is considered as the best time to visit this temple.In this temple, Gokulashtami (Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti) is celebrated with great fervor and It’s the perfect day to visit and witness the glamour of temple at its fullest scale.
As per temple rules camera and mobile phones are not allowed in the temple premises.
The Birla Mandir is famous for its celebration of Janmashtami. People in large number come to visit this temple of great spiritual legacy. The divine tranquillity of the temple is interrupted only by the melodious kirtans that echoes in the sanctum sanctorum. The temple enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu pantheons.
The Lakshmi Narayan temple, also known as Birla Mandir was built by the great industrialist BD Birla .It was built in 1938 as a dedication to the Hindu deities Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity) and Narayana (the Preserver).
Nearby Places to Visit
Apart from the main temple, the Birla temple also has several other sightseeing options that includes a majestic museum which displays the ancestral possessions of the Birla family, and a stunning garden with a shopping complex that consists various items to shop and buy which makes trip memorable for tourists.The Ganesh Mandir or Moti Dungri Temple, situated near to the Birla mandir is also another renowned and must visit temple of Jaipur.
The Birla Mandir with it’s quiet and tranquil atmosphere, compliments this spiritual site. The sanctuary's flawless structural designs and elegant carvings of temple speaks about the sophisticated architectural formation of a modern India. Located in the heart of the city, The Birla mandir is surrounded by a luxurious greenery, making the temple a noteworthy attraction, for tourists all over.
The closest airport is the Indira Gandhi International airport, located at 23kms Southwest of central Delhi.
New Delhi station is within walking distance of Cannaught place and the main Delhi station is 7kms away.
New Delhi is well connected by road from all over India.
Laxminarayan Temple, Near Gole Market,
Mandir Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi,
Delhi, Pincode - 110001.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For good health
- To be blessed with prosperity
- For longevity of husbands
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 04:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 02:30 pm to 09:00 pm.