Jugal Kishore Birla
He started his business career at an early age, joining his father Baldeodas Birla in Calcutta and soon came to be known as reputed trader and speculator in opium, silver, spice and other trades from which Birlas later diversified into trading of Jute and other items like cotton during and after World War I, by which time his younger brother Ghanshyam Das Birla had also joined the business. The family firm, which was till 1918 was run as Baldeodas Jugalkishore, was made into limited company known as Birla Brothers Limited.
When at one point of time in early career of his life Ghanshyam Das Birla, suffered heavy losses and had decided to sell the mill to Andrew Yule group, Jugal Kishore stood by him and told him not to worry about money but to run the mill as efficiently as he could, which led to revival of Birla Jute, now the flagship company of Aditya Birla Group.
Jugal Kishore Birla was an Hindu activist and donated monies to various Hindu organizations of India like Hindu Mahasabha, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at the same time supporting finances of Mahatma Gandhi and Indian National Congress and India's freedom movement, which were looked after together by Ghanshaymdas Birla and others.
In 1920 he along with his brother Ghanshaym Das donated funds to start girls school under their private trust a school named Marwari Balika Vidyalaya, which has now grown into the noted Shri Shikshayatan School and Shri Shikshayatan College.
He was devoted follower of Mahatma Gandhi and took personal interest also apart from donating funds for relief and charity works.
He spent much of his personal wealth in building Hindu temples known as Birla Temples and dharamshalas across major metropolitan towns of India and promotion of schools and universities and hospitals. and adopting many villages in times of famine and natural disasters.
In his old age, he took the leading role to fulfill the unfinished dream of Madan Mohan Malaviya of building Krishna Janmabhoomi Kesava Deo Temple. He donated a major sum and formed a private trust in 1951 to which the rights of land were later transferred, and temple works begin to be inaugurated in 1965, for which he is fondly remembered by believers of Hindu religion. In his old age he also donated initial funds for building of Vivekananda Rock Memorial and also arranged for further funds for the project from his brothers, the construction of which, however, began several years after his death.
Some noted philanthropic works
- Founded the trust in 1951, which built the famous Krishna Janmabhoomi Kesava Deo Temple at Mathura.
- North Delhi Hanuman Temple founded in 1965.
- Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple, Delhi founded in 1939.
- Birla Temple, Varanasi
- Birla Temple (Gita Temple), Mathura founded in 1946
- Shri Shikshayatan School which later grew into Shri Shikshayatan College of Kolkata was founded in 1920.
- Marwari Relief Society, Kolkata founded in 1913.
- Birla Hostel at Benaras Hindu University founded in 1920.
- Birla Temple, Kurukshetra founded in 1950.
- Dev Madir, Bangkok- donated funds for marble slabs of the temple, which was inaugurated in 1969.
- Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, Mumbai - purchased land for building of this Buddhist temple.
- Lord Krishan Temple, Mathura built in 1946 in memory of his parents.
- Paramjyotir Mandir, Barobagh, Himachal Pradesh - donated huge amount of money on request of his friend Stokes, who founded the temple.
- Donated funds and arranged further monies from Birla group for building of Vivekananda Rock Memorial
- India's Industrialists, Volume 1 By Margaret Herdeck, Gita Piramal. 1985. p. 62.
- World Hindu Conference 1966.
- Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932–1947 By Joya Chatterji. 2002. p. 236.
- Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: National Upsurge By M. G. Chitkara. 2004. p. 257.
- Dr. Ambedkar: Life and Mission By Dhananjay Keer. 1990. p. 277.
- The Wrestler's Body: Identity and Ideology in North India By Joseph S. Alter. 1992. p. 88.
- Unspoken History of India of Six-Thousand Years By Anand Mohun Sinha. 2011. p. 208.
- Radhakrishnan: His Life and Ideas By K. Satchidananda Murty, Ashok Vohra. 1990. p. 100.
- eople's Revolt in Orissa: A Study of Talcher By Debi P. Mishra. 1998. p. 138.
- Birla Temple Mathura also known as Gita Temple was founded by Jugal Kishore Birla in 1946
- The Story Of The Vivekananda Rock Memorial
- In the Footsteps of Xuanzang: Tan Yun-Shan and India By Chung Tan. 1999. p. 6.
- History of Sirsa Town. p. 138.
- Birla Temple at Kurukshetra established in 1952 by Jugal Kishore Birla
- North Delhi Hanuman Temple founded by Jugal Kishore Birla in 1965
- Marwari Relief Society established in 1913 by Jugal Kishore Birla
- "Shri Krishna Janmasthan". Shri Krishna Janmasthan Trust. Retrieved 24 August 2012.