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Lakshmi Narayan Temple


Among the numerous temples which speck Delhi, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple ranks as one of the most visited shrines of the city. The temple is a huge construction which invites numerous visitors from all ranks of the society to worship the deities housed here. The temple had been established by the Birla family in 1938 and has since then carved a niche for itself among the devotees of the city.

Though the Lakshmi Narayan Temple is dedicated primarily to Lakshmi and Narayan, the temple houses a host of deities which span the entire gamut of Hindu gods and goddesses. The temple is however, a popular destination for visitors from all religious communities as it had been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi as a secular shrine which accommodates devotees from every religion and cast.

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple, or the Birla Temple, as it is popularly called, is a spacious construction which impresses any visitor with its marvelous architecture. The temple rises up to a colossal height creating an impressive structure. As one ascends up the huge flight of stairs, the temple opens up a beautiful arena of domes, pillars and sculptures. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple borrows heavily from the architectural styles of Orissa, an Indian state which remains famous for its intricate architecture. The building wears bright colors typical of an Indian temple and the frescos that adorn the walls and pillars confirm the ethnic look of the temple. The walls depict tales from Hindu mythology, narrating the legends through intricate carvings. As the temple is a considerably modern construction, traditional designs go hand in hand with modern elements. Lush gardens and fountains add to the charm of the temple, drawing numerous visitors to relish the fine construction.

The temple is located about a kilometer from Connaught Place, making it easy for devotes to travel here from across the city. Numerous visitors throng the temple all through the year, especially during the Hindu festivals which are observed here with elaborate grandeur.