Monday, January 17, 2011

Birla Mandir, Delhi

Prior to visiting the Red Fort in Delhi, we stopped at the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Temple, known more commonly as the Birla Mandir. This Hindu temple is built in the Orissan style and was completed in 1938. Dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth and prosperity), the chanting of Om Lakshmi could be heard while we were touring the temple. Swastikas, lotus flowers, and elephants were some of the many symbols noted (photography not allowed inside). Throughout the interior, inscriptions from the Ghita and Upanshad holy books were placed, revealing virtues of life. Paintings and reliefs of various gods and goddess adorned the wall, along with Hindu mythology scenes and marble etchings. Devotees carried small plates of marigolds and coconuts, placing them by altars within the temple. The marble floors were cool on our feet. Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the temple’s stipulations open it to people of all castes, including the untouchables. With the calm chanting and serene atmosphere, it was a great way to start our tour of Delhi.

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1 comment:

Bibi said...

Thanks for these. Seems so near, yet so far! Sorry we couldn't take photos inside...