Situated at the foothills of the Moti Dungri, Birla Mandir is yet another marvel of modern architecture. The temple made in white marble is a sight for the viewers even from far away.
This temple is located on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg in Jaipur, which is around 1 km from the main gate of Rajasthan University.
The Temple is also called Lakshmi Narayan Mandir as it is devoted to Lord Vishnu, the preserver also known as Narayana, and his companion, Goddess of Wealth and good fortune, Lakshmi.
Although the temple is not very old, it is an apple for the eyes of Architecture lovers, Tourists, and Devotees. It is one of the most peaceful and cleanest places in and around Jaipur. You will be mesmerized by the beautiful white sanctum of Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir: It’s stunning History
It is one of the several Birla Mandirs built all over India and is considered to be one of the finest temples of India. Started in 1977 by Ramanuj Das, the land for the temple was given by the Maharaja Man Singh II to the Ghanshyam Birla against a token sum of 1 Rs.
The Birla family is one of the Business tycoons in India working as BM Foundation.
The temple was completed by 1988. As per the Story, Shree Rang Ramanuj Das saw a dream in which he was told by Lord Laxminarayan in a dream in the year 1904 that he resides beneath the land where the Temple is being built. The Lord asked Ramanuj Das to unearth the idol and bring him back to Earth.
The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.
The Off White Marble and Serenity
The Birla Mandir in Jaipur is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. This temple is built on an elevated platform surrounded from three sides by road and the fourth side by Shankargarh fort.
Built every inch in White marble, this temple dominated the skyline of south Jaipur. An excellent work of art, it has a beautiful display of exquisite sculptures and carvings covering many mythological themes.
The eye is drawn to the images of Laxmi and Narayan, carved as they are, from one piece of marble.
The temple consists of three domes, a representation of three main religions originated from India or three approaches to God in Hinduism. It is constructed to illuminate in the dark.
When the light falls it looks really beautiful at night. There are tainted glass windows depicting the mythological stories of different deities. The sculptures inside are delicately carved and properly maintained.
Outside the main sanctum are various Hindu motifs and other statues. The other statues in the temple are of great historical personages like Buddha, Zoraster, Confucius, Socrates, etc. The temple is surrounded by lush green gardens.
Starting at 6 am in the morning, the temple has different artis like Mangala, Shringar, Rajbhog, Sandhya, and Shayan Artis. The three domes of the temple depict the three religions which have originated on this land.
Each part of the architecture holds importance here. You will be amazed to find such beautiful paintings and carvings inside the temple.
There are shops inside the temple complex to buy different items, souvenirs, etc. Priests inside the temple recite to you different stories of the Hindu Religion. There are messages for visitors sculpted from books as Geeta.
The temple is a work of art and has a marvelous display of exquisite carvings and sculptures covering many mythological themes. Other than the main temple, the complex has a museum that exhibits the earlier belongings of the Birla family.
Timings and Best season to visit Birla Mandir
The temple is open from 6 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 9 pm. The timings may differ in different seasons. As the climate of Jaipur is warm and dry, the best time to visit the temple is from September to March. Visitors should also keep a water bottle with them to prevent dehydration.
Visiting during the mornings and evenings will offer a completely serene experience with calming songs which help relieve stress. You can start your trip here with the calming vibes of Birla Mandir.
You should enjoy the Birla Mandir in all its pristine glory and take your time to observe and commend the beautiful carvings. You will enjoy observing the beautiful paintings on the walls depicting beautiful scenes from holy books like Bhagwad Gita.
How to reach Birla Mandir?
The temple is on one of the busiest roads in Jaipur and there are different modes available to reach the temple. You first need to reach Jaipur, and then either take a cab, e-rickshaw or you might consider getting a car for rent. Parking space is available near the temple. You can enjoy your time at the temple without any worry about your vehicle.
Must visit places nearby Birla Mandir
After you have given your trip a good start with the serenity of Birla Mandir, you should other places of importance nearby. There are many places around which will make you feel in awe. Though there are many places to visit nearby, you must visit the following:
- Moti Dungri: The fort and temple of Moti Dungri are situated atop a hill and offer a scenic view.
- Hawa Mahal: The marvel of the pink city is something you cannot miss when visiting Jaipur.
- Jal Mahal: Though you cannot visit the Jal Mahal from inside it looks surreal from far too. You would love the lights working around the palace in the evening.
- City Palace: After paying a nominal fee, you can enjoy the four parts of the city palace.
- Albert Hall Museum: India’s largest museum is situated in Jaipur and you must not miss it when in Pink city.
Other Important Information
- Photography and videography inside of the temple are strictly prohibited. So you cannot click any pictures or make any videos.
- Shoes are not allowed and visitors are supposed to keep their shoes in the shoe rack.
- You can visit the beautiful temple every day of the week.
- If you are looking for a complete experience of the place, then you should avoid morning and evening visits to the temple as during these times a lot of people visit the temple.
- Due to the heavy rush at the temple, it is advisable to keep your footwear at the designated place only.
- Carry a water bottle with you to keep yourself hydrated.
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