Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple )
temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its
outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the
hearts and minds of men. It signifies the purity and the
universality of the lord and equality of all religions.
Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming
lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills
(South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai
houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit
for every tourist who comes to Delhi.
This structure, completed in 1986, is a marvel of modern
architecture. Set amidst pools and gardens, the view of
the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the
temple is flood lit.
Anyone is free to visit the temple and pray or meditate
silently according to their own religion. The temple is
around 45 minutes from Domestic Airport.
by Shah Jahan in 1658, it is one of the largest mosques
in India with a seating capacity of more than 20,000.
The mosque is situated near the Red Fort in old Delhi.
This is the area that still retains the traditional
charm of markets in Mughal times.
The bulbous domes and tapering minarets built with
marble stand strong and beautiful even to this day.
This mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and
two 40 m. high minarets. You can even go to the top
of minarets and have a bird's eye view of Delhi.
known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, it is ideally located
in central Delhi (Mandir Marg). This temple dedicated
to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi and Lord Narayana
(Lord Vishnu) was built in 1938 by the prominent Indian
industrialist Raja Baldev Das Birla and inaugurated
by Mahatma Gandhi.
The temple, built in Orissan style, has a large number
of idols representing various gods of Indian pantheon.
The well-grafted gardens need a special mention.
is the tomb of the famous sufi saint, Nizam-ud-din Auliya.
Built on the way from Humayun's tomb, the premise of
the shrine is a tank, which is surrounded by many other
tombs. It is said that there was an argument between
the rulers of Tughlakabad and the saint over building
this tank. The saint had said that the city of Tughlakabad
will never prosper and so did it happen. The tomb has
been through several renovations ever since it was built.
The present mausoleum dates back to 1562.
The complex of the shrine includes several other tombs,
including that of the noted poet Mirza Ghalib (1786-1869),
Amir Khusru and the grave of Jahanara, the daughter
of Shah Jahan.
If you happen to be there at around sunset on Thursdays,
don't miss out the extravagant performance of qawwali
singers that takes place after the evening prayers.
Location: West of Mathura Road
on a hilly place in 1998, the ISKCON Temple is a complex
of temples. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this elegant
temple is one of the largest temple complexes in India.
It has a large number of Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult
Mandir is located beyond the Qutb Minar in Mehrauli.
The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, is built in South
The temple complex is spread over a large area with
beautiful lawns and gardens. Though devotees visit these
temples throughout the year, the main attraction comes
during the Navarathri festival, when devotees come from
far and near. During this time, there are special bus
services provided to the devotees.
Bala Hanuman Temple
elegant temple stands on the south-eastern side of Ranmal
Lake. The 24-hour chanting of the mantra 'Sri Ram, Jai
Ram, Jai Jai Ram', which has been going on in the temple
since August 1, 1964, has earned a place in the Guinness
Book of Records.
St. James Church
very close to Kashmere Gate in north Delhi, St. James
Church is the oldest church in the capital. It was built
by James Skinner and consecrated in 1836.
It is designed in a cruciform plan with the entrance
towards the west and the altar towards the east (the
standard norm in most churches the world over). The
dome interestingly is very similar to the dome of Florence
Cathedral in Italy that was the first renaissance structure
built in the world.
Porches on the north, south and the west provide the
building with three entrances. The central portion of
the church is an octagon with circular columns supporting
Again in the south of Delhi near the Indian Institute
of Technology on the road to Meharauli it has literature
on the life of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and has an
ashram where devotees can come to meditate. There is also
some accommodation available for devotees of Sri Aurobindo.
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