Kurukshetra is located in the state of Haryana and is well-connected to major cities like Chandigarh and Delhi by road. Lakshmi Narayan Temple of late 18th century has a double storied structure stands on high platform approached by flights of steps. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narayan and his consort Lakshmi. The architecture of temple is beautiful.
About The Temple
Shree Lakshmi Narayan Mandir was erected in the 12th century, during Chola Dynasty, and restored in the 16th century. Featuring South Indian architecture, the construction was led by an artist from Rajasthan. An attractive idol of Lord Shiva is placed at the entrance, followed by a series of steps, which take devotees to Lord Lakshmi Narayan. Disciples also worship the idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Garuda (vahana of Lord Lakshmi Narayan) and Lord Kuber here. The height of this temple is 124 feet and hence, can be seen from many parts of the city. Original Kalash of the temple was made of gold, which was looted by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb while going from Delhi to Afghanistan. The Kalash currently enhancing the beauty of the temple is prepared from brass with gold polish on it. A king offered it from Punjab. Temple workers mention that many people have been bringing artists here expecting them to construct a replica or a similar temple, but they always find it impossible to copy the existing architecture. The temple basically stands on a massive platform with three different components like Vestibule, Sanctum and Saptaratha. The main aim behind the structure and establishment of sanctum-sanctorum is the seven projections. The latter part of the temple is a miniature temple in itself decorated all over with miniature spires. The shape of the sanctum is a small square with a conical roof.
About The Deity
The presiding deity is Vishnu. He is called Lord Narayan. His consort is known as Goddess Lakshmi.
Legend and Stories
Legends state that before the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas installed the idol of Lord Lakshmi Narayan and worshipped him here. This temple is considered vital from the perspective of Vastu Shastra too. The temple faces east and hence the first ray of sun touches the feet of the God. Hindu priests believe that yellow coloured offerings to God lead to the success of one's business. Hence, thousands of devotees gather in this temple on Tuesday and Thursday and present 'yellow offerings'.
Delhi airport, about 179 km south of the city. Taxis and private vehicles are available to reach Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra railway station, about 2 km from the city centre. It is well connected to cities like Delhi, Patiala, Meerut, Ludhiana, Panipat and Ambala. Taxis and local buses are available from the railway station to reach Kurukshetra.
Local and state run buses connect the city to Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Panipat, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Patiala, Meerut, Jaipur and Ambala.
Laxmi Narayan Temple,
Dukh Bhanjan Colony,
Pin code -136118
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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 remains open from morning 05.30 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.