Birla Mandir, Kolkata

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Birla Mandir
बिड्ला मंदिर
A C Avenue 'Birla Temple'.jpg
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
DistrictKolkata
DeityLakshminarayan[1]
Location
LocationKolkata
StateWest Bengal
CountryIndia
Birla Mandir, Kolkata is located in West Bengal
Birla Mandir, Kolkata
Location in West Bengal
Geographic coordinates22°31′50″N 88°21′54″E / 22.53056°N 88.36500°E / 22.53056; 88.36500Coordinates: 22°31′50″N 88°21′54″E / 22.53056°N 88.36500°E / 22.53056; 88.36500
Architecture
TypeMandir
Completed1970-1996 [1]

Birla Mandir in Kolkata, India, is a Hindu temple on Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, built by the industrialist Birla family.[1] This temple is open in the morning from 5.30 A.M. to 11 A.M. and in the evening from 4 .30 P.M. to 9 P.M. On Janmashtami, the birthday of Krishna, devotees come from far away places to pay their respect to the deities.

History[edit]

The construction of the temple began in 1970. It took 26 years to complete the entire structure. The construction was supervised by the Sompuras.[2]

On Wednesday, the 21st of February, 1996, the Pran Prathistha was done by Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj in the morning. Dr. Karan Singh inaugurated the temple the same day.

Temple[edit]

  • The main temple houses statues of deities Krishna and Radha.
  • The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses goddess Durga, the Hindu goddess of Shakti, the power.
  • The right side dome of the temple houses Shiva in meditation mode.
  • Spread on 44 kathas of land, this temple built of white marble bears resemblance to the renowned Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar. Birla Mandir also showcases pictorial depiction of scriptures of Bhagavad Gita in its stone engravings and some intricate Rajasthani temple architecture. Designed by the architect Nomi Bose.

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