Laxmi Narayan Temple or Birla Mandir is situated in the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. It is located below the Moti Dungri Fort.
Laxmi Narayan Temple or Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple devoted to goddess Laxmi and god Vishnu. In Jaipur, the temple is a proud landmark. The temple is made up of pure white marble with a modern approach and style. Both the idols of the deities are designed beautifully and look amazing. Inside the temple, other things can be found such as idols of other Hindu deities, ancient quotes, Hindu symbols, ornaments and many more on the walls of the temple.
Mythological events are also carved on some walls. Other than religious and godly images, pictures of philosophers, saints, historical achievers can also be found. The temple is a perfect example of modern day architecture blended with religious interiors. The temple has three domes to represent here religions of India. A lavish garden surrounds the temple.
The best attraction of the temple is the idol of Laxmi Narayan which was carved from a single stone. Another artist’s wonder is the idol of Lord Ganesha. The interiors of the temple are done with beautiful paintings of Hindu deities. The steps of the temple are also made up of marble and the outside of the temple is equally beautiful as the interior of the temple.
A museum is also present inside the temple complex which has the Birla family’s all ancestral belongings.
History of the Attraction
The temple was built in the year 1988 by the famous Birla family, B. M. Birla Foundation. The temple stands on a land which was given by Maharaja to Birla just for a token of one rupee. The temple is not quite old but is definitely a grand place to visit. The temple is a major tourist attraction in the city of Jaipur.
Getting there is an easy task as the city is very well connected with all sort of transport and means of transportation. The temple is easily accessible by roadways, railways and airways as well.
Things to Do in and around
There are a lot of things that one can do while visiting the temple. Following is the list:
- The majestic museum with all the artifacts and belongings of the Birla Family.
- The luscious garden around the temple.
- Ganesh mandir near Birla Mandir or Laxmi Narayan Mandir
- Moti Dungri Temple
- The Pink City
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The temple opens at 06:00 in the morning for general public and closes by 09:00 in the night. It also closes during the day for other puja purposes.
There is no entry fee needed to enter the temple. The entry is free for all.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the temple is in the month of October to March. Also during Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great vigour so one can visit the temple during that time as well. During evening and night time one can visit the temple to see it illuminated with lights.