This day I was destined to have a tryst with the almighty Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Hundreds of tourists came from far flung areas to worship in this very famous temple called the Lakshmi Narayana Temple Bhopal. She with her divine consort Vishnu are the chief deity of the place and a must see for the people who love architecture as well. Built of yellowish sandy colored material, the temple lends greater charm to the surroundings with its mystical appeal. Sprawling over a vast land, one needs considerable time to see the entire of it within constricted time limits.
I had made the trip to the temple with my family in our rental car and the car dropped us a little away from the temple. From there on we were on our feet to the interiors of the temple premise. A great amount of peace and serenity could be sensed in the environment. The landscaped gardens and the diverse plants in the temple compound could interest a horticulturist too. Through the manicured gardens along the pathway were these shrubs of beautiful flowers that lent a lovely look to the gardens not to mention the way that they smelt wonderful as well. Right in front of us is this imposing temple structure with characteristics like pillars and domes adorned with intricate decorations.
The Lakshmi Narayana Temple Bhopal also has the deity of Lord Shiva and Parvati within the sanctum sanctorum. Through magnificent archways that retained some of the old charm, the temple paves the way to a Museum which has also been built by the Birlas just the temple had been. The rich industrialist’s contribution can be seen better in arranging and accumulating the artifacts of the Museum which has rare exhibits collected over a period of time. The Museum has sculptures bought from different parts of Madhya Pradesh; some from Shahdol, Mandsor, Sehore and others from Raisen. It was a lovely experience in the temple premise. Once we covered all the tourist spots within the temple, we made way to the Van Vihar National Park Bhopal for a visual treat of animal life in this amazing city.