Durgiana Temple, also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. is an architectural wonder, located just 1.6 kilometers from the Golden Temple, is sure to leave you feeling serene and spiritually uplifted.
The temple is not just a place for quiet contemplation, it’s also a riot of colors and festive energy. During Navaratras (Dussehra), the Hanuman Temple inside the complex transforms into a vibrant celebration. Children dress up as Langurs, complete with red and silver outfits, Multani Mithi on their faces, and long tails. They dance and parade through the streets, accompanied by loud music and cheers.
And that’s not all. The temple complex also houses several small sanctum dedicated to various deities. From the Bara Hanuman Mandir to the Mata Sitla Mandir, there is something for everyone here. You can even find a rare handwritten copy of the Ramayana at the Goswami Tulsidas Mandir.
But let’s not forget the main temple itself. The Durgiana Temple is based on the same architectural principles as the Golden Temple, but with its own unique charm. The silver door, adorned with religious inscriptions, is a sight to cheer. And inside, the idols of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha are carved on silver doors.
Make sure to take a stroll around the Sarovar, where you’ll find marble statues of Krishna-Veda Vyas and Goswami Tulsidas, and even Lord Shiva in Dhyan (meditation). And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the separate bathing Ghat for women, where the water comes from the nearby River Ravi.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Want to stay overnight? Rest easy at the “Shrimati Dhanwant Kaur Dharamshala” located within the temple periphery. And if you’re feeling hungry, head over to the Langar Bhawan run by the Durgiana Management Committee, where you’ll be served delicious food throughout the day.