The Birla temple or the Lakshmi Narayan temple is the first large temple of the Hindu faith to be built in Delhi. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Trimurti in Hindu Mythology, the temple was built in 1939 by industrialist, Baldeo Das Birla and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. As it has been built by Birlas, it is more commonly known as the Birla temple.
The temple is situated in the center of the city and is spread over 7.5 acres of land. The main temple houses statues of Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha. The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses Devi Durga, the goddess of Shakti, the power.
The Birla temple of Delhi is the first of the many such temples built by the Birlas through the length and breadth of India.
THE AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE
One of the major attractions for tourists coming to delhi is the Akshardham Temple. Situated on the banks of Yamuna, this spiritual – cultural campus is dedicated to Swaminarayan sect. The temple, was built according to the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra shastra.
The complex features an Abhishek Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions. There is also a boat ride inside the complex which takes you around to showcase life and spirituality of Swaminarayan.
Pink sandstone from Rajasthan and Italian Carrara marble is used to construct the entire temple.
It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities. There are more than 200 ornately carved pillars & nine domes.
First Entry: 9:30am
Last Entry: 6:30pm
CLOSED: EVERY MONDAY
BAHAI TEMPLE (LOTUS TEMPLE)
Temple of the Bahai Faith, commonly known as the Lotus temple, due to its beautiful flower like shape, serves as the Mother temple for the Indian Sub-continent.
The Bahá'í Faith teaches that a Bahá'í House of Worship should be a space for people of all religions to gather, reflect, and worship. Anyone may enter the Lotus Temple irrespective of religious background, sex, or other distinctions, as is the case with all Bahá'í Houses of Worship. nspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship in New Delhi is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.
A must visit, to seek peace for a moment and also to take beautiful pictures.
First Entry: 9:00am
Last Entry: 7:00pm
CLOSED: EVERY MONDAY
This is one of the landmarks in the nation�s capital New Delhi. It was built in the 20th century by the Birla family of industrialists known for its many other temples in India. It is modern in concept and construction. Its architectural splendor is Orissan style; the highest tower in the temple reaches a height of 165 ft, while the ancillary towers reach 116 ft. The Geeta Bhavan, a hall adorned with beautiful paintings depicting scenes from Indian mythology. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha in this complex with fresco paintings describing his life and work.
The entire complex, especially the walls and the upper gallery are full of paintings carried out by artists from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The rear of the temple has been developed as an artificial mountainous landscape with fountains and waterfalls.
Built over a span of ten years, by a Birla Foundation, the Birla Mandir is a beautiful modern temple overlooking the south end of Hussain Sagar, providing an excellent view over the city from the summit. One gets to view the intricate carvings of the temple, the ceiling and the mythological figures, which are a standing testimony to the dexterity and sculptural excellence of the craftsmen. Beautiful scenes from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharatha are finely sculpted in marble. A number of lofty steps lead the visitor to the sanctum sanctorum. Along the winding path are many marble statues of Gods and Goddesses of Hindu mythology located in the midst of some gardens, full of blossoms. The granite image of the presiding deity is about 11 ft. tall and a carved lotus forms an umbrella for this image. The brass flagstaff rises to a height of 42 ft.