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Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi

Lakshmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is located in Connaught Place, New Delhi. The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi attracts a large number of devotees during Diwali festival and Krishna Janmastami. Lord Vishnu is the Preserver in the Trimurti. He is also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Lakshmi. Lakshmi is believed to be the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

Lakshmi Puja is an integral part of Diwali, which honours the birth of the Goddess of Wealth. Devotees believe that during the Diwali night, Goddess Lakshmi travels around the earth to bestow blessings. As a sign of welcome, people clean their houses and light up the surroundings with lights.

The renowned Hindu temple was built by B.R. Birla, the celebrated Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated the temple on the condition that people of all castes would be allowed to enter the temple. Lakshmi Narayan Temple is the first of a series of temples built by the Birla family in many cities of India. These temples are often called Birla Temples.

The temple sprawling on 7.5 acres of land features side temples and shrines dedicated to other prominent gods such as Shiva, Krishna, Ganesha, Hanuman, Durga and Buddha also. Idol of Ram (an incarnation of Vishnu) is also venerated here. The temple also enshrines holy Vedas. Another noted feature of the temple is the Geeta Bhawan – a beautifully adorned hall to facilitate discourses. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna. All statues in this temple are made of marble.

The magnificent three-storied temple displays Nagara architectural style. The temple walls feature beautiful carvings depicting interesting scenes from Hindu mythology. The highest tower of the temple soars to a height of 160 feet. Jaipur marbles and Kota stones are largely used for the construction of the Birla Mandir of New Delhi. Artificial landscape with mountains and cascading waterfalls enhance the beauty of this spiritual space.

The splendid and well-maintained temple is located at prime spot. It has become a major tourist destination in Delhi.

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