|Connaught Place, Delhi (Map)
|Entry Fee & Timings
|Timings :- Birla Mandir opens at 4:30 am. It remains open till 1:30 pm. The temple will again be open for visitors from 2:30 pm. Birla Mandir closes at 9:00 PM. Entry Fee:- The temple does not charge entry fee.
|Temple, Religious Place
|Place visit with
|Family, Kids, Married Couples, Solo, Parants, Siblings, Youngsters
|Best time to visit
|May, June, July, August
|Jhandewalan Metro Station (1 KM) Shivaji Stadium Metro Station (1 KM)
About Laxminarayan Temple
The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It was built in 1933 and 1939 by Jugal Kishore Birla. It is the first major Hindu temple built in Delhi and is often referred to as the Birla Mandir because it was built by the Birla family. The main temple has idols of Narayan and Lakshmi. There are also other smaller temples dedicated to Shiva, Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha here. The shikhara (dome) of the temple on the left is the abode of Goddess Durga, the goddess of power.
Architecture of Laxminarayan Temple
The architect of the Lakshminarayan Temple was Sris Chandra Chatterjee, a leading proponent of the "Modern Indian Architectural Movement". The temple is spread over an area of about 7.5 acres (30,000 m 2 ) and the built-up area is 0.52 acres (2,100 m 2 ). This temple is made up of 3 floors, its architecture is built in the Northern or Nagara style. The entire temple is adorned with carvings depicting scenes from the golden age of the present cosmic cycle. Under the leadership of Acharya Vishwanath Shastri, more than a hundred skilled artisans from Banaras engraved the symbols of the temple. The highest shikhara, above the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, is about 49 meters (160 ft) high.
Interesting facts about Laxminarayan Temple
- The temple is decorated with frescoes depicting the life and work of Shastri. The icons of the temple are made of marble brought from Jaipur.
- Kota stone from Makrana, Agra, Kota and Jaisalmer were used in the construction of the temple complex.
- The Gita Bhawan to the north of the temple is dedicated to Krishna. The artificial landscape and cascading waterfalls add to the beauty of the temple.
- The main deities worshiped here are Lord Vishnu (in the form of Laxminarayan) and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. There are also separate temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna and other Hindu deities.
How to reach Laxminarayan Temple
By Road:- The temple is easily accessible by local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws from the city.
By Metro:- The nearest metro station to the temple is RK Ashram Marg Metro Station, which is located approximately 2 km away.
By Bus:- The nearest bus stop to Laxmi Narayan Temple is Laxmi Narayan Mandir. It is a 3 minute walk.
Nearby famous places
- Connaught Place 2 kms away
- India Gate 3.5 kms away
- National Museum 1.5 kms away
- Parliament House 2.5 kms away
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib 4 kms away
- Humayun's Tomb 10 kms away
- Lotus Temple 10 kms away
- Akshardham Temple 12 kms away
- Qutub Minar 15 kms away
- Rashtrapati Bhavan 6 kms away