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Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Delhi

The Laxminarayan Temple  also known as the Birla Mandir is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi. Laxminarayan usually refers to Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti, also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Laksmi. The temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, was made built by B.R. Brila  and Jugal Kishore Birla from 1933 and 1939. The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha.. The extravagant temple with its striking white, cream and brown domes makes for a good introduction to modern Hinduism.
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History of Lakshmi Narayan Mandir

The foundation stone of temple was laid by Maharaja Udaybandhu Singh. The temple was built under guidance of Pandit Vishwanath Shastri. The concluding ceremony and Yagna was performed by Swami Keshwa Nandji. The famous temple is accredited to have been inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. At that time, Mahatma Gandhi kept a condition that the temple would not be restricted to the Hindus and people from every caste would be allowed inside.The temple is an ideal introduction to some of the gods of the India pantheon. The temple contains a large number of idols and visitors can also watch priests performing ritualistic prayers.

This temple was build by G. D. Birla in 1938. This beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. It is also known as the Birla Mandir.
There is a special reception room where foreigners can leave their shoes before climbing the steps to the large open courtyard in front of the main shrine dedicated to Lakshmi (appropriately the goddess of wealth). The rest of the complex is spread over several raised tiers and includes smaller shrines to Hanuman (the monkey god), and beloved Ganesh (the elephant-headed god).

At the back of the second-largest carpeted hall, you'll hear gentle devotional music and chanting in a tiny, ornate chamber decorated with coloured stones and mirrors and dedicated to Krishna. Throughout the temple, the walls are decorated with various symbols and quotations from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads , some of them translated into English.

For many Westerners, this is the first place in India where they are confronted with the, to them, incongruous sight of multiple swastikas. The original meaning of the sign, an ancient Aryan symbol of the striving for perfection, is explained on one wall. The pleasant gardens behind the temple are reached by a separate entrance and contain a variety of large sculptures, shelters, fountains and seats, set amid welcome greenery.