Birla Temple in Alibaug.

Birla Temple is also known as Vikram Vinayak Temple; is on a hill top near ‘Salav village‘. It is  just 20 Kms. away from Alibag after Rewdanda on the Alibag – Roha route.  Vikram Ispat company, a part of Birla udyog group has built this temple called “Birla Mandir” This temple is between the Vikram Ispat company and its beautifully located residential colony. This Birla Mandir was the first temple built by the Birla family. The temple was the first New Hindu temple to be erected in Delhi after the country’s independence in 1947. It is a temple built in pure milk white marble and its dome can be seen from a long distance also. It can be reached by road or by climbing the steps. While climbing the temple steps one is always mesmerized by the landscape. On both sides of the steps is green velvet carpet of grass and beautiful flowers which will keep you spell bound for a minute.

The temple has marble floors and the hall of the temple is open from all sides. The ceiling of the Birla temple is transparent which allows free flow of air and ample of light to come in. On entering the temple there is a square shaped nave. The nave is also made of marble and is very beautifully carved. The beautifully carved idol of ‘Ganapati’ is placed the nave. The idols of ‘Riddhi and Siddhi’ are placed on both sides of idol. Around the nave are small temples of ‘Radha-Krishna’, ‘Shiv-Parvati’, ‘Bhavanidevi’ and ‘Suryadeva’. The Birla Mandir complex also houses a temple dedicated to Buddha along with fresco paintings describing his life. The temple also has separate shrines for other gods such as Shiva, Ganesh, Saraswati, Hanuman, Brahma, Lakshmi and Saibaba. In the evening, Birla Mandir presents a spectacular sight upon illumination.In the garden next to the Birla temple there is a statue of “Late Aditya Birla”.
Worship and Aarti is done at 9.00 a. m. and 7.00 p. m. everyday.

The temple is open for the public from 6.00 a. m. to 11.30 a.m and 4.30 p.m to 9.00 p.m. Even Non-Hindus are allowed to enter and even walk around the center altar structure.
One can always avail the facilities of the auto rickshaws and other private vehicles which regularly ply to this place. It is also possible to travel Alibag – Revdanda by S. T. Bus or eight sitter auto rickshaws and onwards another auto rickshaws

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