Birla Mandir, Jaipur
Jaipur is famous for numerous architectural marvels of ancient and modern times. Out of the many, the Laxmi Narayan temple or the Birla temple is very famous among those who love architecture and among pilgrims. Although not very old, this temple is famous for its grand architecture and serene beauty. The temple gets its name from the Birla Family who commissioned building several modern temples around the world along with this temple.
About Birla Temple
This temple is dedicated to the Hindu protector God, Vishnu and his consort, Goddess Laxmi. This temple also holds shrine of various other Hindu Gods and Goddess. The temple walls have unique Hindu symbols and citation from ancient books of the religion including the Holy Book, Gita. The temple is constructed in white marbles and is unique when compared to the ancient temples of yesteryears. You can also find many idols and statues of philosophers like Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, Zarathustra and others.
History of Birla Temple
This temple was built in 1988. The temple’s beauty is famous for its the marble architecture and modern architectural elements and statues. Birla Family has taken the work of building several marble temples around the country. The land of the temple belonged to King of Jaipur, who donated it to Birla Family at the cost of one rupee (1 INR) for the purpose of building this temple.
Layout of Birla Temple
Hinduism has three main approaches to God and thus, the temple has three large domes. There is also another theory that each dome represent each of the three religion, which originated from India. The marbles used for construction illuminates in the dark, thereby providing a beautiful sight at night. Every part of the temple, including the stairs are built with marbles. The outer part of the temple is decorated with tainted glass windows that describes mythology stories of deities. The statues inside the temples are delicately carved and are maintained perfectly. The external wall of the temple has many statues that represent mythological characters. The main deity of the temple, Vishnu and Laxmi is carved out of one single piece of marble.
Inside the temple, there is a large museum, which holds the treasures of Birla Family. You can find ancient artifacts and priceless objects in this collection. The temple is surrounded by green pasture, providing serenity and peace.
Things to do in Birla Temple
- The main activity here is holy sightseeing. This is also an important spot for religious tourists. Do not miss the museum inside the complex.
- Enjoy the statues, drawings and writings on the wall.
- Stay for the aarti ritual to enjoy unique and serene activities.
- Guides are not available inside the temple. However, the priests would be happy to show you around the temple, recite mythological stories and much more.
- You can find many shops around the temple. This is the best place for buying simple souvenirs, religious items and small deity statues.
Best Time to Visit Birla Temple
The temple is at prime beauty throughout the year. The best time to visit is from October to March. This is the winter season and the pleasing climate makes it easier for sightseeing. However, the temple is open throughout the year. The best time to visit is during the festivals related to Hinduism, especially Lord Vishnu or Lord Laxmi. The best of all is Janmashtami, the birth day of Lord Krishna. You can find various rituals and celebrations during this festival.
If you visit during night time, you can find the temple to be illuminated beautifully. You can also find many interesting rituals during closure.
How to Reach Birla Temple
Once you reach Jaipur, you can find many cabs, buses and other road transportations to reach Birla Temple. Remember to ask for Laxmi Narayana Birla temple. This temple is located in the foothills of Moti Dungri Hills.
Entry Timing and Cost of Birla Temple
The temple is open from 8 in the morning until 12 in the noon. The temple is closed during afternoon. The temple is again opened at 4 in the evening and closes by 8 at night. Grand rituals take place during opening and closing of the temples.
Entry is free for all, with no regards to religion or creed. Entry to the museum is also free.
Nearby Tourist Attractions of Birla Temple
It would take just 30 minutes to scale the whole place. If the temple is crowded, it might take a while. After religious sightseeing, enjoy the other attractions around the temple like
You can find many restaurants near the temple for dining or refreshment.