The Birla are a Rajasthan based business family, they have been known to build fabulous temples in different parts of India. One such temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi was inaugurated in year 1988 in the city of Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan.
Location of Birla Temple: - The Birla temple is situated next to the Moti Dungri fort on the intersection of the Jawahar Nehru Marg with Shanti path.
History and Architecture of Birla Temple : - The temple is not a very old structure its rather a new and modern structure made with the best available marble of Rajasthan. Glistening white, the temple offers a panoramic view situated on an elevated platform it is visible from a distance, Hinduism believes in the trinity of Gods- Brahma is the creator, Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the sustainer. Most of the temple either are dedicated to Shiva or Vishnu the sustainer. Birla temple is also related to Lord Vishnu and his consort Laxmi while Vishnu looks and sustains the life process Goddess Laxmi is the one who is known to command the material wealth. Birla are known to be a very wealthy corporate family of India so to express their gratitude to the goddess of wealth they make temples of Laxmi Narayan. The king of Jaipur provided the land to build the Laxmi Narayan temple at an ex gratia payment of just 1 rs.
The temple is built in classical style with a high sikhara. The Mandapa and the Ardhamandapa, the Shikhara has the Garbha Graha underneath. The idols of lord Vishnu and goddess laxmi have been carved from a single piece of glistening white marble. Lord Ganesha is the god of auspiciousness and is sure present at the gate of all Hindu temples. The stories and events of the Hindu epics have been picturised on the walls of Birla temple in Jaipur. The outer walls have excellent sculptures of many Hindu gods and Goddesses.
Entrance: - There is no entrance levied on visiting Birla temple Jaipur.
Timings: - Birla temple opens everyday at 5:00 am up to 12 pm and again at 4 pm to 9 pm.
Festivals:- All major Hindu festivals are celebrated at Birla temple but Janmasthami the birth of Lord Krishna who is believed to be an incarnation of lord Vishnu is celebrated the most. Diwali is another occasion when the temple is all decked up.