Birla Mandir, also known as Gita Mandir, is located on the outskirts of Mathura on the Mathura-Vrindavan road. All throughout India, Birla Mandirs have become famous for their grandiose design and architecture and are prominent landmarks wherever they are constructed. This grand temple, which is one of the most famous temples in Mathura, was built by Jugal Kishore Birla. His devotion to Laxmi Narayana (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) and his eternal song, Bhagwat Gita, inspired him to build the temple. It is called Gita Temple because its main room is adorned with all the verses of the Gita. The depictions of Arjuna along with his friend and guide Krishna, in a chariot, is inspiring and delightful.
Turn your attention to its architecture though, and you see a curious amalgamation of Hindu and Western styles of architecture. Built in red sandstone, this popular temple in Mathura announces its stately presence quite noticeably. There are two incredible marble structures which are major attractions in this temple. One is the Gita Stambh (Pillar) and the other is Hanuman Temple. The Gita Stambh, or the Victory Tower as it is also called, is built from red sandstone. On it are inscribed the entire sacred teachings of Bhagavad Gita, the eternal source of wisdom for mankind. The verses have been inscribed with sharp precision, with each letter as discernible as the other. It is an inspiring sight to come across.
Other statues in the Birla/Gita Mandir which attract tourists are those of Lord Krishna in the presence of Lakshmi Narayan, Ram and Sita. Inside the temple, you also come across Krishna’s chariot along with wonderful images of various gods and goddesses on its marbled walls.
Outside, the lovely gardens surrounding the temple create just the right settings for connecting with one’s inner self and losing oneself in complete devotion to God. They also supplement the beauty of the temple inside. In the garden, you come across the famous image of Lord Krishna as the charioteer with Arjun standing behind.
The Gita Mandir, also known as the Birla Mandir, is one of the most visited temples in Mathura. It was built by Jugal Kishore Birla, a scion of the Birla family and a noted philanthropist, humanist and spiritualist. He built the temple in the loving memory of his parents.
After visiting the Gita/Birla Mandir, you can head off to explore the other popular tourist attractions in Mathura. Here are some of the places to check out.