Laxminarayan Temple


By Ashok Bhargava


we are

prayers on the lips

like bare mantras

in anticipation of the cadence


we praise God and sing hymns

like birds

coarse yet melodious


our eyes can see music

hear colors

because music is just a word

before colors make it music


we are stones

sculpted and sonic

responses to deities


we are souls

without a name


* Built in New Delhi in 1933 it is also known as Birla Temple. It is spread over an area of 7.5 acres and comprises of many fountains, shrines and sculptures of religious and national importance. Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated the temple with a condition that devotees of all castes should be allowed to enter and pray in here, whether they are brahmins or shudras/Dalits.