The Laxminarayan Temple also known as the Birla Mandi is a Hindu temple dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. Laxminarayan usually refers to Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti, also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Lakshmi.
The temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, was made built by B. R. Birla and Jugal Kishore Birla from 1933 and 1939. The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha.
The temple is spread over 7.5 acres, adorned with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden, and also houses Geeta Bhawan for discourses.
The temple is one of the major attractions of Delhi and attracts thousands of devotees on the Hindu festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali.
The main temple houses statues of Lord Narayan and Hindu GoddessLakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha.
The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses Devi Durga, the Hindu goddess of Shakti, the power. The temple is spread over an area of 7.5 acres (30,000 m2) approximately.
Sri Krishna Jayanthi in August September is the important festival of the temple. specialty of this temple is Lord Sri Lakshminarayana graces in three forms Varaha, Kannan-Krishna and also as Lakshminarayana.
The Lakshmi narayanan of temple dedicated to Laxmi Narayana started in 1933, built by industrialist and philanthropist, Baldeo Das Birla and his son Jugal Kishore Birla of Birla family, thus, the temple is also known as Birla Temple.
The foundation stone of temple was laid by Maharaj Udaybhanu Singh. The temple was built under guidance of Pandit Vishwanath Shastri. The concluding ceremony and Yagna was performed by Swami Keshwa Nandji.
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.
Lord Lakshminarayana, sitting under the Padma Vimana graces with Sri Mahalakshmi on His lap. Tirumanjanam is performed every day. As the procession deity Sri Venkatesa Perumal accompanied by Sridevi and Bhoodevi, is very popular among the devotees, for a difference, this is known as Sri Lakshmi NarayanaPerumal Temple.
A powder made of herbals as Tulsi, cardamom, borneal (pachai karpooram), clove etc. is offered as Prasad to devotees. As Lord Vishnu graced His darshan to Sri Narayana Theertha as Krishna, Gokhulastami-Krishna Jayanthi is devotionally celebrated in the temple.
There is no special Child Krishna idol as such. Lord Lalkshmi Narayana Himself is considered as the Child and worshipped.