Laxmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Mandir is located at the foothill of Moti Dungri in Jaipur. It is an example of architectural excellence. Being one of the hottest tourist spots in Jaipur, the Birla Mandir is constructed with pure white marble and modern approach. The sight of the temple is breathtakingly beautiful when it gets lit in the night.
The temple was built by in 1988 by the B.M Birla Foundation. The land it was built on was acquired by the Birla family from the Maharaja of Jaipur for a token of one rupee. The Birla family has shown their great devotion to Laxmi Narayan by creating these Birla temples in their own grace and style all over the country.
As the name of the temple suggests, the temple is dedicated to Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and Narayan (Lord Vishnu). The idea of the marvelous architecture of this place can be taken from the idols of the Laxmi Narayan which are hand crafted on a single piece of marble.
The entrance to the temple is by taking a flight of marble steps. At the main gate, an almost transparent, magnum opus idol of Lord Ganesha is placed. The temple has three eye-catching domes representing the different approach of Hindu religion, as well as the secularism in India. The walls are etched with scenes from Hindu mythology. The exteriors are skillfully imprinted with lavish sculptures, imbibed from the mythological themes and are quite a mesmerizing sight. The interiors are designed splendidly, rendering mythological events.
Apart from the idols of the Hindu deities, the temple also houses the non religious idols and images of saints, philosophers and historical achievers which include Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.The calm and serene atmosphere, compliments the spiritual value of the Birla Temple. The temple's finely detailed structural designs and intricate carvings represent the cultured architectural formation of a modern India. The blossoming green garden of the complex makes this spectacular temple more beautiful. The tourists visit this place and are charmed with the splendid view of the shrine.