New Year Festivities
One of the grandiose temples constructed by the philanthropic Birla family, the Birla Mandir in Kolkata is conveniently located in South Kolkata and designed to accommodate large numbers of visitors. Started in 1970 and completed over twenty six years, the very ornate white marble temple houses deities of Radha and Krishna: the forms of masculine and feminine godliness. The left dome houses Durga, also identified as Shakti, or power. In the right dome Shiva sits in a meditative pose. Pictorial stone engravings of scenes from the epic Bhagavad Gita can be found throughout the temple.