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Birla TempleOne Of the many beautiful monuments dotting the landscape
of Jaipur, Lakshmi-Narayan temple is one of the most attractive. Popularly called
the Birla temple, it is situated below the Mooti Doongari Fort. Built entirely
of white marble, Birla temple attracts devotees in large numbers throughout the
year. During Hindu religious festivals, devotees to the temple increase manifold.
Laxmi Narayan temple was built by the B.M.
Birla Foundation, managed by the Birla family. The foundation has also built temples
in other parts of the country as part of charitable activities.
Birla Mandir or Lakshmi-Narayan Temple has been built of
white marble on top of a hill. Another magnificent monument-the Moti Dungari fort
is located just above the temple. The temple has three domes, each dome portrays
different approach to religion. The presiding deities of the temple are Lord Vishnu
(called Narayana) and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu is one of the three
Hindu trilogy Gods and Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and good fortune.
of the temple has many exquisite carvings showing various mythological themes
and images of saints. The interior of the temple has a large panel of mythological
proceedings made of marble. The images of the deities-Lord Narayana and goddess
Laxmi are placed in the sanctum sanctorum.
The entire temple complex
is surrounded by lush green gardens. The temple is illuminated after sunset and
looks splendid from a distance. Apart from regular worship services, prayer sessions
are also held in the temple. Unlike some Hindu temples where rituals are done
very rigidly and entry restricted, The Birla temple exhibits a liberal approach.
Devotees belonging to all caste and religious groups can pay obeisance at the