Birla Mandir Delhi
Laxminarayan Mandir is one of the major
temples and landmarks of Delhi. During 1933-39,
Laxmi Narayan Temple was built by Mr. B.D.
Birla of Birla Group of Industries, one
of the famous business tycoons of India.
Being constructed by the Birlas, the temple
came to be known as Birla Temple. Located
on Mandir Marg near Connaught Circus in
Delhi, the temple is easily accessible from
the city by metro, local buses, taxis and
Birla Mandir is first of the temples made
by Birlas across the country and till date,
the funds to support this temple come from
Birla family. 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. In
those times, the condition was really worked
upon; still people visit this temple with
Laxminarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, the preserver and his consort, Goddess
Lakshmi. The architecture of the Temple
looks imbibed from the Orissan Style. The
temple has tall spires and it looks magnificent
raised in red sandstone. The tallest spire
of the temple extends to the height of 165
feet whereas the additional spires lengthen
to 116 feet. The exotic structure of the
temple comprises sculptures, tall spires
and Jali work making it a remarkable to
Apart from the idol of presiding deity,
the temple has remarkable idols of Goddess
Durga, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama
and Lord Hanuman. Geeta Bhawan is a huge
hall that is embellished with striking paintings,
derived from the scenes of Indian mythology.
On the rear end, one can trace gardens and
fountains in the temple complex. The two-storied
verandahs, on the three sides, are overlooked
by the interior court.
For tourists, temple authorities have made
adequate arrangements of guest house in
its complex. Many International scholars
come here to learn about the Hindu religion
and for the time, they usually stay in the
guest house of Birla Temple. Every year,
Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) is
celebrated with full gusto and fervor in
this temple. In fact, Birla Mandir is famous
for its celebration of Janmashtami. People
in large number come to visit this temple
of spiritual legacy.
A part of lush green Aravalis in the plains
of Northern India gave way to the capital
of India - Delhi, several centuries ago.
Like Agra, the city of Taj, it is also situated
on the banks of river Yamuna. It has Himalayas
to its north and is surrounded by land from
all sides. Position inland, far away from
sea, it has extreme continental type of
climate. The weather conditions of Delhi
are quite varied with scorching summers
and chilling dry winters.
In summers, the days are unbearably hot
due to scorching heat of the sun. The day
temperature can soar up to as high as 48
deg C. Tourists are advised to exercise
extreme precaution during summers. They
should drink lots of water and liquids before
venturing out to face the heat waves. Comfortable
clothes should be worn to avoid inconvenience.
Sticking to cottons is a very good option.
In contrast, during the winters, the mercury
can dip down to as low as 2 deg C.
Misty mornings, foggy evenings and delightfully-mild
sunny afternoons make up for a normal winter
day. During Monsoon, in July and August,
Delhi gets an average rainfall of approximately
714 mm (28.1 inches). However, the annual
rainfall is extremely variable, with the
lowest recorded since 1864 being 261mm (10.27
inches) and the highest 1,583mm (62.3 inches).
The average date of the advent of monsoon
winds in Delhi is 29 June.
The best time to visit Delhi, especially
for tourism purposes, is the spring season,
from February to April, and the autumn season,
from August to November. Besides, the blooming
seasons in February and March are often
accompanied by various colorful spring festivals
such as Vasant Panchmi, the festival of
flowers and Holi, the best-known festival
New Delhi is the capital of India. Therefore,
it is well connected to almost all the parts
of the country. A number of people travel
to Delhi everyday, for different reasons.
For reaching Delhi, you can take effective
means of transport like bus, train or airplane,
depending on your location and pocket. Thus,
you need not worry regarding how to reach
Delhi. There are a number of national as
well as international flights to and from
the Indira Gandhi International Airport
that will help you in traveling to the city.
This makes the city reachable for both national
and international tourists.
- Air: Delhi is well
connected with domestic and international
flights, to all the major cities within
and outside India. Almost all the major
airlines have their flights operating
from Indira Gandhi International Airport
of New Delhi.
- Rail: The railway network
connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly,
all the minor destinations in India. The
three important railway stations of Delhi
are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi
Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin
- Bus: Delhi is well
connected, by a network of roads and national
highways, with all the major cities in
India. The three major bus stands in Delhi
are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at
Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus
and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the
government and private transport providers
provide frequent bus services. One can
also get government as well as private