Birla Temple is situated near Connaught Place in Delhi. Constructed by Raja Baldev Das in 1938, it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. This temple has quite an interesting history attached to it. Built over a period of 6 years, this temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Ji kept a condition that he will inaugurate the Delhi Laxmi Narain Temple only if the people from all castes, especially untouchables, would be able to gain entry inside it. The temple constitutes of one of the major draws of the city and is visited by numerous devotees and international tourists every year.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple is built magnificently, although with a modern touch. Numerous Hindu symbols and quotes from the Gita and the Upanishads ornament the temple walls.
To the north of this Temple is the Geeta Bhawan, devoted to Lord Krishna. There is also a Buddha temple in this temple complex. All the statues in the temple are made up of marble and were brought from Jaipur. Miniature rock temples, which dot the temple, hold a special attraction for the children.
The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi, while the smaller ones are of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman and Goddess Durga.
The splendor of the temple is enhanced by an artificial landscape in the back, with mountains and cascading waterfalls. The festival of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, lends an enhanced significance to the temple.
Accommodation in the form of a rest house is available for out of town travelers, especially for international scholars pursuing knowledge in Sanskrit or in the Hindu religion. A canteen is also located in the temple premises.
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