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Showing posts with label Birla. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is The Lakshmi-Narayan Temple?

 


Lakshmi-Narayan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi.

In Delhi, just west of Connaught Place, you will find this contemporary temple.

Ghanshyamdas Birla, the father of a major business family, erected it in 1938.

Despite the fact that the temple is devoted to the deity Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, it is known as the "Birla tem ple" after its patron.

This devotion is hardly unexpected, given that Lakshmi is the goddess of prosperity and the temple was erected by a businessman.

Apart from his religious ties, Ghanshyamdas Birla was a key financial backer of the Indian National Congress, the political organization headed by Mohandas Gandhi that fought for Indian independence.

The temple has been accessible to people of all castes and communities from the day it was established, sustaining one of Gandhi's most fundamental crusades: the rejection of untouchability.


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Hinduism - Who Was Ghanshyamdas Birla?









Ghanshyamdas Birla (1894–1983) was the Birla industrial family's patriarch. 





The Birlas earned their wealth through the opium trade in the early twentieth century, then moved on to a number of other industrial enterprises. 






  • Ghanshyamdas was a personal friend of Mohandas K. Gandhi and a significant financial backer of Gandhi's political party, the Indian National Congress, to which Birla had donated an estimated 100 million rupees by the time India gained independence. 
  • In his latter years, he spent a lot of money and time constructing temples, establishing religious and philanthropic trusts, and doing other good things.




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