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Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

Birla mandir in Delhi, or Laxminarayan Temple as it is otherwise known as, is one of the major spiritual destinations in the state. The beautiful architecture of the temple along with its spiritual value has turned Birla Mandir into a famous tourist destination. It is located towards the west of Connaught Place.

Birla Mandir was commissioned by G. D. Birla, the famous industrialist and philanthropist, in 1938. The temple’s reigning deities are Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayan. Towards the sides, Birla mandir has temples dedicated to Shiva, Buddha and Krishna.

The temple has a very interesting story. In 1938, when the temple was ready for inauguration, G. D Birla wanted Mahatma Gandhi to open its doors to the public. Gandhiji agreed to inaugurate it on the condition that the temple would never discriminate anybody based on their caste. Birla agreed and Gandhiji inaugurated the temple. Till today, the temple welcomes people of all castes and creeds with open arms. On Janmashtami festival every year, devotees throng to Birla mandir to be a part of the elaborate rituals and festivities.

The temple complex consists of several shrines, beautifully landscaped gardens and is dotted with water fountains and waterfalls. Built in Nagara style, this three storied temple has beautiful carvings all around it depicting different scenes by Hindu mythology. This gorgeous marble structure is definitely worth a visit when you come to Delhi.

Location: Mandir Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Shivaji Stadium

Open: Every Days

Visit Timings: 8 AM to 10 PM

Entry Fee: free (Indian), free (foreigner)