Location: On Mandir Marg, west of Connaught Place
Time to Visit: Open on all days
Preferred timings: During aarti in the morning or evening
Admission Fee: Free and open to all
Photography charges: nil (take permission from the local authorities)
How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the monument, which is located near Connaught Place (CP), the heart of the city, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail. From CP one can take a stroll till the temple.
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: ½ an hour
Built in 1938 by the industrialist BD Birla, Lakshmi Narayan temple is located on Mandir Marg, west of Connaught Place, in the heart of the city. Popularly known as Birla Mandir, the temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities Narayana (the Preserver) and Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth and prosperity). The other idols are of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. The temple is known for celebrating the festival of Janmashtami, commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna, on a large scale and has a special display, which attracts hundreds of devotees. Flanked by a pool and picturesque gardens, the architecture of the temple resembles Hindu temples built in the Orissa style.
Inaugurated by the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the main feature of the temple is that it is open to all castes. There is a symbolic structure at the entrance welcoming people of all faiths and classes.
The temple has all basic facilities for the visitors. Offerings are available in the temple complex itself. Those who want to perform rituals can do so with the help of the priest of the temple. The aarti is performed in the evening, which is worth attending.
Special Event / Annual Event: Devotees throng the temple during the Hindu festival of 'Ram Navami', which falls during the month of April. Friday is the best day to visit the temple, as that is the special day of the Goddess Vaibhav Laxmi.
Nearby Tourist Attractions: Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir
Nearby Places to Eat: Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam's Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Nirula's, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day and innumerable roadside foodstalls.
Nearby Shopping Venues: Connaught Place offers everything from jewelry, books, art, leather goods and a wide choice of Indian and international clothes stores. Central Cottage Industries Emporium has Indian handicrafts and curios. Baba Kharak Singh Marg houses the emporia of all the states of India, dedicated to each state's unique art and craft created by traditional and skilled artisans. Janpath offers clothes, low priced gifts and souvenirs and Palika Bazaar offers a wide range of electronic items.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/01