Jaipur is a city that has innumerable historical monuments, shrines, and temples. In fact, this is the only city in India where you can find so many UNESCO declared World Heritage sites. However, it is the temples of Jaipur that hold a special place not only in the hearts of devotees but also for many tourists. One such temple is Birla Mandir Jaipur, which is popular for its enthralling architecture and thousands of tourists apart from devotees make way to the stairs of the temple.
What is the Birla Temple?
Also known as Laxmi Narayan temple, the Birla temple Jaipur is not one of the ancient temples of India. Despite saying this, it is important to highlight that its grand architecture stands tall in the Pink city and offers serene beauty to the visitors.
The building of the Birla temple was commissioned by the Birla Family. This family is also responsible for the construction of many other modern temples all across the globe.
Dedicated to the Hindu God, Vishnu, who is considered the protector and his consort, Goddess Laxmi, who is worshipped for wealth and prosperity, Birla Mandir Jaipur is a Hindu place of worship. Here you can also find the shrine of various other Hindu Gods and Goddess.
Birla Temple and its History
Constructed in 1988, Birla Temple Jaipur is quite popular not only among locals but also globally. The walls of the temple have inscriptions of unique Hindu symbols and other citations from ancient Hindu scriptures, such as Holy Bhagwad Gita. Apart from this, you can also find several other idols and statues of philosophers like Confucius, Buddha, Zarathustra, Socrates, and many others. As far as the land of the temple is concerned, it belonged to the Maharaja or King of Jaipur. The Maharaja donated the land for the purpose of building Birla Mandir to Birla Family at only the cost of one rupee (1 INR).
Birla Temple and its Architecture
The architecture of Birla temple is very popular and why won’t it be as it is made of white marbles. Its specialty is that it imitates the architecture style of ancient temples of India. However, there are also modern architecture elements found in the temple that shows that the architecture style of Birla Mandir is a fusion of modern and ancient architecture. You can also find resemblance in the construction of this mandir with other Birla family temple constructions.
The foundation of the Birla temple is based on the three main Gods of Hinduism and that is why you can find three large domes in the temple. Many others also believe that the three domes of the temple represent three different religions that have originated from India.
The uniqueness of the marbles used in the construction of the mandir is that it can illuminate in the dark and offers a spectacular view of the temple at night. Interestingly, even the stairs of the building are constructed with white marbles.
The most impressive part of the Birla temple is the outer one which is decorated with tainted glass windows and describes mythological stories of different deities. On one hand, you can find the statues of the temple, placed inside delicately carved and maintained in a perfect manner there, on the other hand, the external walls that are found in the temple have statues of many other Hindu mythological characters. When you go there then take a close look at the idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi and you will find that these main deities of the temple are carved out from one single piece of marble.
Birla Mandir and its Museum
Another interesting part of the temple is its museum which lies inside the temple. The museum is quite large and holds the treasures of the Birla Family. From ancient artifacts to many other priceless objects, you can find all here at the museum, which is popular for its unique collection.
Birla Mandir and the surrounding
The Birla temple Jaipur is sitting at a place that is surrounded by a lush green pasture that offers serenity and tranquility to the visitors and many people love to sit in the vicinity just to inhale positive energy from the temple.
What are the things you can do in Birla Temple?
Being one of the most popular Hindu temples in the country, Birla Temple Jaipur is popular for holy sightseeing. However, the spot is not confined to a religious purpose. Many tourists all around the world come to visit Birla Mandir for other activities too that includes the following things:
- You can enjoy the architecture of the temple that includes statues, drawings and other Holy Scripture writings on the wall.
- The ritual of Aarti in the temple is also special that you can take part in.
- You can take help from priests of the temple and move around to explore the beauty of the temple and the priests would recite the mythological stories.
- You can buy souvenirs from the shops around the temple, especially religious items and small deity statues.
- You can also take a look at the museum available inside the Birla Mandir.
When to Visit Birla Temple?
You can visit Birla Temple Jaipur at any point in time and it looks beautiful around the year. However, keeping the weather of the Pink city Jaipur in mind, it is highly advisable to visit the temple between the months of October to March. During this season the temperature is amicable and it is pleasant to view the temple. You can also plan Jaipur tour during festival time as Birla temple is decorated in such a beautiful manner during the festivals related to Hinduism.
For instance, you should visit the temple in Diwali as this temple belongs to Goddess Laxmi and on the auspicious day of Diwali people seek her blessings. However, the best festival to visit the temple is Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Lord Krishna. You can enjoy the various rituals and fiesta organized during this festival at the temple.
Nighttime is also good to visit the Birla temple Jaipur as the temple looks illuminated during the closure procession that involves many endearing rituals.
What is the location of the Birla Temple?
Birla Mandir Jaipur is situated in the foothills of Moti Dungri Hills. It is very beautiful and you can easily reach it with the help of a taxi, local transport authority bus, and other modes of transportations. If you opt for Alluring Jaipur or Ultimate Pink Jaipur tour package then you will be guided by the crew members to reach and explore Birla Mandir. If you are traveling alone then make sure you ask anyone about Laxmi Narayana Birla temple.
What is the Entry fee and visiting time of Birla Temple?
The Birla temple Jaipur is open for the visitors and devotees from 8.00 am until 12 in the noon. During the afternoon, the temple is closed but opens again at 4 pm and closes by 8 pm. If you want to visit the temple during grand rituals then make sure you visit it in the morning when the temple opens up and during the closing of the temple.
The best part is that the entry of the temple is free for all. The visitors are not discriminated against on the basis of caste, creed, race or religion. Interestingly, the entry to the museum is also free.
When you plan a Jaipur tour then do visit the Birla temple Jaipur and enjoy the serene beauty of the temple and its grand architecture. You will definitely find peace here and the blessing from the Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi.
You just need to opt for any of the Jaipur tour packages available at PinkPedia. These packages are- Undiscovered Jaipur, Alluring Jaipur and Ultimate Pink.