Birla Temple

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5:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Birla Temple, Jaipur Overview

The magnificent Birla Mandir in Jaipur is a Hindu temple that forms a part of one of the several Birla temples located all around the country. Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, the shrine is situated on the Moti Dungari Hill. The temple was built in the year 1988 by the Birlas when the Maharaja of Jaipur gave the land away for a token amount of one rupee. Built purely out of white marble, the edifice of the Birla Temple is an amalgamation of ancient Hindu architecture styles and modern design. The walls of the temple are embellished with intricate carvings of Gods and Goddesses and words of wisdom from the Puranas and Upanishads. The pictures of historical achievers, legends, philosophers and spiritual saints like Socrates, Christ, Buddha, Confucius are also displayed in the temple. Do visit the Birla Temple during Janmashtami, as the temple is abuzz with activity during this time. 

As the name suggests, Laxmi Narayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his wife Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The commemorated deity of Laxmi Narayan gets a special attention since it is carved out from a single piece of stone. Besides all other idols, the idol of Ganesha is a magnum opus that appears almost-transparent. The walls of the temple bear illustrations of important events and revelations that have been mentioned in Hindu sacred texts, which add to the aura of serenity in the temple. The gentle chanting of the holy mantras, the diffused fragrance of incense sticks and the occasional ringing of the temple bells will certainly transport you into your own version of higher consciousness. Visit Birla Temple for a rendezvous with the Divine.

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Birla Temple of Jaipur is renowned for its fine carvings and delicate work. The three different approaches to the religion are depicted by the three colossal domes of the temple. Outside the main shrine, there are many stained glass windows portraying the scenes from Hindu mythology and are imprinted with lavish sculptures. Inside, a large marble panel rendering mythological events welcomes you. 

As you enter the premises of the temple, you are confronted by the image of Lord Ganesha which is considered to be immensely auspicious. From there you are led to the main sanctum of the temple where the idols of Lakshmi and Narayan are enshrined. The remarkable images are sculpted out of a single piece of marble and are adorned with the most lavish ornaments and clothes.

Expansive gardens surround the main complex of the Birla Temple. A small museum displaying the household items used by the members of the Birla family are exhibited here and is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. There is no entry fee to visit the same.

One of the most festive occasions in the Birla Temple is perhaps the festival of Janmashtami when the temple is lit up with glittering lights and oil lamps. Embellished with fresh flowers and a decorated festoon, Lord Krishna is welcomed into the world amidst great festivities and chimes of holy prayers. Visitors throng the temple in great numbers to seek the blessings of the Lord.

1. Cameras and phones are not allowed inside the temple complex.
2. Taking pictures and videos is strictly prohibited.
3. Wandering around the verandah is also not allowed.
4. For first time visitors, it is suggested to visit the temple in the evening as the sight it presents is breathtaking.
5. Evening aarti at the temple is enchanting, so plan your visit accordingly.

Take a bus or taxi to Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and you will find yourself within walking distance to this breath taking temple.

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