Birla Mandir, the Laxminarayan Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi and Vishnu, his companion. The temple was built in 1970 but Pran Prathista done in 1996 thanks to Birla, one of the richest families in the country. Every year, on the occasion of Janmashtami festival commemorating the birth of Krishna, attracts thousands of pilgrims there.
Birla Mandir in Kolkata is the place where Hindus go to feel the presence of the Lord and Goddess Laxmi Narayan. Located on Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue near Ballygunge in Kolkata, this temple large and architecturally rich is a major landmark and famous religious attraction of the city of Kolkata. The Birla Mandir is dedicated to Lord Narayan and Goddess Laxmi.
The construction of Laxmi Narayan Temple began in 1970 and took almost 26 years. Since this temple was built by the industrialist Birla family, came to be popularly known as Birla Mandir, after a few years of its construction. The Birla Temple is a perfect example of Orissan architectural style, and has three Shikaras high spiers that can be easily seen from a distance. The highest spire of the Birla Temple is about 165 meters high. To get to the main courtyard of the temple of Birla, you have to climb a series of steps.
After reaching the courtyard, you can easily get into the main sanctuary of the temple where there are idols elegant Goddess Laxmi Narayan and Lord. Lord Narayan is said to be the preserver of the world, and is one of Tridev, three important deities in the Hindu religion. His consort Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is said to give wealth to his devotees, or for any person who is very satisfied. Along with the main sanctuary, a series of small shrines with the idols of Krishna, Ganesha, Hanuman, Shiva and Parvati, goddess Durga and other deities are present in the Birla Temple.
Geeta Bhawan is a large room, decorated with beautiful images that illustrate the interesting stories of Indian mythology. Group prayers are held every day in this room. Stones engraved view of sacred text from holy books adorn the walls of the temple. The whole place is decorated with beautiful paintings made by artists of Rajasthan, and several impressive sculptures add to the beauty of this temple also enshrines the holy Vedas: a series of four highly religious sacred books in Hindu philosophy.
The peaceful environment of Birla Temple is regularly interrupted by the devotional music that is played in the main temple. Priests and bands can be seen here singing hymns and devotional. Every year in the month of August, the festival of Janmashtami birthday of Lord Shri Krishna is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple of Birla. Devotees eagerly wait for months to be part of the celebrations of this festival. They sing and dance to please Lord Krishna.
The celebrations continue until midnight, when the priest declares the birth of Lord Krishna. Charnamrit holy water and Prasad food offered to the Lord is then distributed among the devotees. After all these celebrations, people return to their homes. Birla Temple is a place that has a rich spiritual heritage. A cultural trip to Kolkata without a visit to Birla Temple is simply incomplete.
Summers (May and June) are harsh in Kolkata and very inconvenient for travelers from Europe and the colder regions of the world. Monsoons provide some relief to the people during the months of July and August, and September, the weather in the city begins again turn pleasant and good for travel.
Birla Temple is located in the area of Kolkata on Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue near Ballygunge. After exploring the temple, you can go shopping in the downtown area of Gariahat. A lot of accommodation options ranging from budget guesthouses to starred hotels are available for tourists. Ice Skating Rink and Golpark are other interesting sites that you can explore while in the area of Ballygunge.