Significance: This is
one of the landmarks in the nations capital New Delhi. It was built in the
20th century by the Birla family of industrialists known for its many other temples in
India. It is modern in concept and construction. It attracts several devotees and
international tourists. The presiding deity here is Lakshmi Narain
This temple was built over a six year period (1933 - 1939) and was opened by Mahatma
The highest tower in the temple reaches a height of 165 feet while the ancillary towers
reach 116 feet. The Geeta Bhavan, a hall is adorned with beautiful paintings depicting
scenes from Indian mythology. There is also a temple dedicated to Buddha in this complex
with fresco paintings describing his life and work. The entire complex, especially the
walls and the upper gallery are full of paintings carried out by artists from Jaipur in
Rajasthan. The rear of the temple has been developed as an artificial mountainous
landscape with fountains and waterfalls.
in the temple: Durga and Shiva are the other major deities housed in this temple.
Mention must be made of the Buddha temple in this complex. Access and
Accomodation is available in the temple guest house for out of town travellers especially
for international scholars pursuing knowledge in Sanskrit or in the Hindu religion.