It was the third day of my stay in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Being a resident of Odisha and more precisely belonging to Puri where the famous Jagannathh temple is present, I am inclined towards devotion and religious beliefs more strongly. My family is just so like me. Both my kids and my husband equally love peace and religious shrines. In this manner we decided to visit the Lakshmi Narayana temple in Bhopal that day. The day was sunny and the sun shone with its brightest face; however we decided to move on as we didn’t want to lose time.
I had heard about the Lakshmi Narayana temple in Bhopal which is also known as Birla temple. Birla temples are present in other states of the country as well. As this time we were there in Bhopal, we didn’t want to miss the chance to see it. As we reached the temple premises we could see the panorama of the temple and also the vivid view of the landscape from the top of the hill. The sanctum sanctorum is housed atop a hill from where the whole city view can be obtained.
The Lakshmi Narayana temple was built in the 12th century and is one of the oldest and precious architectural resources of India. He ancient frame of the building and decorations within and around the temple provides a captivating view to the eyes. A large lawn sprawls across the temple compound where fresh and cool breeze blows in the evening time. We sat there for some time and enjoyed the fresh and sanctimonious air that blew past us. The sandy yellowish tint of the building structure provides a vintage look. There is a huge turret in one side of the temple making it look magnanimous.
There are different sculptures preserved in the building such as Mandasur, Shahdole and Raisen. We could also see the idols of Goddess and her sonsort Lord Narayana. There are other sculptures of Lord Shiva and Parvati who are also worshipped in the temple. The place is so peaceful that people visiting it are bound to appreciate its beauty and naturalness. Like us, there were thousands of other devotees visiting the temple that day.