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Birla Temple

History

The Birla Temple is one of the most revered Hindu temples located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Jaipur. The temple was built in 1988 by the famous B.M. Birla Foundation, part of one of India's most famous business families. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and good fortune. Due to this reason, the temple is also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple.

The Laksmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple of Jaipur is a modern architectural marvel in pure white marble, surrounded by lush green gardens. There are three large domes that represent three major religions in India and represent the secular nature of the temple. The walls of the temple are adorned with various Hindu symbols and quotes from the Gita and the Upanishads. The temple also portrays great historical achievers, philosophers and religious saints such as Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.

The main idols of the temple are Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and Goddess Lakshmi whose images are sculpted out of a single piece of marble. The temple has many other small shrines of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The image of Ganesh, the protector of households, over the beam at the entrance looks almost-transparent and is considered immensely auspicious. The idols of the temple look as if they would address the onlookers at any time. The beautiful white marble temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it glows at night.

The Birla Temple also has a museum in close proximity, which showcases the ancestral valuables of the Birla family. The museum is open everyday from 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and then from 1600 hrs to 2000 hrs. There is no entry fee to visit the museum.

The Birla Temple looks like a magical palace during the festival of Janmashtami, which is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. The whole temple is festooned beautifully with flowers. In the evening, the temple glows, as it is illuminated with a thousand light bulbs. The magnificent structure in white marble glows in breathtaking radiance and captivates everyone with its unparalleled beauty.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the temple would be in the months from October to March. During the festival of Janmashtami the view of the temple is simple breathtaking.

Trivia

The land on which the temple stands was given to the Birla family by a Maharaja on a token sum of just one rupee. Birla Temple of Jaipur, renowned for its fine carvings and delicate work, is always thronged by devotees.

Timing

Devotees can pay their respect at the temple between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.


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