A magnificent white marble temple greeted me at my next stop. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple here in Bhopal is built by the Birla family. There are numerous Birla Temples all over the country. The worshipped deity of this temple is Lakshmi Narayan, one of the manifestations of Lord Vishnu. The temple complex was very well maintained and it was a very peaceful place. The marble rocks used to build the temple were of the highest quality. A lot of people visited the temple and it was a quite popular tourist spot in Bhopal. The ambience of the place was soothing and it was a welcome change from the outside world.
I offered puja to the God and prayed to him for peace, good health and prosperity. In the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu is known as Lakshmi Narayan when he resides in his home in Vaikunta along with Goddess Lakshmi. The idol of the God has him holding a mace, a conch, a lotus and the Sudarshana Chakra in his four hands. In another depiction Lord Lakshmi Narayan is shown reclining on his serpent Sesha, who is seen floating on Kshirsagar. The brief mythological history about the God is given on the walls of the temple.
Vishnu is one of the main deities in Hindu religion and he gets reincarnated in several forms in order to influence the people of the world. Whenever the evil tries to overpower the world, it results in Lord Vishnu reincarnating in one form to rescue people and make them follow the rules to pious living. Lakshmi, his wife, is said to be the Goddess of prosperity and beauty. In various ages various women had been treated as Lakshmi. In Hindu households, the people regard a wife to be the Lakshmi of the house.
The visit to the Lakshmi Narayan temple gave me a lot of mental peace. The temple staff had done a great job in keeping the area squeaky clean. This increased the holiness of the place as well. I sat down and meditated for a while in the temple. There were many foreign tourists as well. It was now time for me to return to the hotel for lunch. After that a trip to the Lower Lake was on schedule.