Temples: Lakshmi Narayan Temple


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Lakshmi Narayan Temple, New Delhi c. 1938. Architect : Sris Chandra Chatterjee (1873-1966). Popularly known as the Birla Temple, since it was built and maintained by the Birla family. Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, it was one of the first major Hindu places of worship which admitted Harijans (untouchables). Its architectural style combines the Orissa style sanctuaries and Mughal arcades.


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