Birla Temple, Jaipur
Moti Doongri is a small palace which is a replica of a Scottish castle. Once occupied
by Maharaja Madho Singh's son who was confined here, it was also for a while home
to Maharani Gayatri Devi. The entry is prohibited in here.
At the foot of Moti Dungri fort is the Birla Temple. This temple forms one of the
major attractions of Jaipur. Birla Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly
lit in the night. The enormous temple was built during the year 1988, by Birla Group
of Industries, one of the business tycoons of India. The Temple is dedicated to
Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
Due to this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.
Birla Mandir is constructed in the finest quality of white marble. The three huge
domes of the temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The beautiful
white marble temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it glows at night. Stained glass
widows depict the scenes from Hindu scriptures.
Ganesh the protector of households, is above the lintel, and the fine quality of
marble is evident when you enter the temple and look back at the entrance way.
The images of Lakshmi and Narayan attract the attention, being made out from one
piece of marble. Many of the deities of the Hindu pantheon are depicted inside the
temple, and on the outside walls great historical personages and figures from all
religions are shown, including Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Budhda, and Confucius.
The Laxmi Narayan Mandir is a modern architectural marvel, surrounded by lush green
gardens. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved splendidly with beautiful
sculptures based of mythological themes, while the interiors have a large marble
panel portraying mythological events.
The Birla Temple has a museum too, which showcases the ancestral valuables of the
Birla family. Birla Mandir / Laxmi Narayan Temple is a masterpiece of art and tourists
should not miss this architectural spiritual heritage on their trip to Jaipur.