The Birla Mandir (or Birla Temple) of Jaipur is a stunning feat of architecture. Situated right below the Moti Dungri Fort, it was originally named Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a prominent landmark for religious tourism in Jaipur alongside Govind Dev Ji temple.
History of Birla Mandir
The construction of temple started in 1988 under the B.M Birla Foundation. In fact, the Maharaja of Jaipur gave to land for the temple to the Birla family, for just a token sum of one rupee.
An Architectural Feat
Located at the base of Moti Dungri Fort, Birla Mandir is stunning feat of modern architecture. Constructed in pure white marble with a design that resembles Scottish design and houses idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi (hence Lakshmi Narayan).
Delicate carvings of Hindu symbols, and ancient quotes from the Geeta and the Upanishads ornate the walls while stained glass windows depict the scenes from Hindu scriptures.
The images of Lakshmi and Narayan are carved out of a single piece of marble and grab the visitors’ attention. The inner walls of Birla Mandir depict the various deities of the Hindu pantheon. The outside walls illustrate great historical personages and figures from all religions. These include Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.
The rules in the temple are pretty strict. Visitors can’t do photography. Plus, they need to take off their shoes before entering the prayer hall. Surrounded by greenery, the area offers serenity and peace.
Reaching Birla Mandir
Take a bus or taxi to Jawaharlal Nehru Marg. You will find yourself within walking distance to this breath taking temple.
Best Time to Visit Birla Mandir
The beautiful white marble temple looks mesmerizing when it glows under the night lights.
Birla Mandir Timings
8 AM – 12 PM and
4 PM – 8 PM
For more info, visit their Wikipedia page here
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