About Birla Mandir|
Built over twenty- two years of painstaking labour, it is an all marble structure with very high quality Rajasthani engravings. The total cost incurred for the construction was Rs. 180 million. Spread over an area of 44-katha land and extending to a height of 160 feet, the temple has been modeled on the Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneshwar, popularly known as Laxmi Narayan temple. This marvelous and imposing structure in white, attracts huge crowds everyday and is one of the best fascinating tourist spot of Kolkata.
The gates were opened to the public in 1996. Sandstone has been used on the exterior of the temple, and marble for the interiors. Traditional artistry, coupled with modern technology, has lent uniqueness to the architecture. Sculptors were brought in from Agra, Mirzapur and Muzaffarpur to execute the intricate patterns on the walls. There are artefacts made of silver and Belgian glass. Messages from the Bhagavad Gita have been carved on marble. Inside this 48.7-m. high temple are idols of Radha, Krishna, Shiva and Durga.
Birla Mandir, Kolkata is located on Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, which is the latest addition to the city's list of tourists spot.