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India is not only Goa, Bollywood and Sari! If you go to India, be sure to go through Delhi! The whole city is literally saturated with history. Delhi is dotted with various mosques, fortresses and monuments preserved from the time of the Mughal rulers who once lived there. Today it is impossible not to note the huge contrast between the confused Old Delhi and the well-designed New Delhi.

Researching one and the other will be equally enjoyable, I promise. And Delhi is a city immersed in greenery and the scent of flowering gardens, where city dwellers love to go to relieve tension and fatigue. Among the sights of Delhi, which are definitely worth a visit, the following temples and religious places are the most popular.

1. Lotus Temple


The temple of one of the most interesting and young world religions is the Baha'i, which originated in the middle of the 19th century in Persia and today has over 5 million followers around the world. The Baha'i temple of white marble in the form of a blooming lotus was built in 1986 and welcomes believers of all faiths, and is also one of the most visited and famous landmarks in New Delhi.

2. Laxminarayan Temple or Birla Mandir


It is one of the most magnificent Hindu temples in India in honor of the goddess of prosperity, well-being and happiness - Lakshmi and one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It was built in six years from 1933 to 1939 and is the result of hard work of more than 100 of the best Indian stone carvers.

The temple was opened by Mahatma Gandhi and, unlike many other Hindu temples, gladly accept everyone, regardless of their nationality, religious or caste affiliation. Birla Mandir attracts the attention of not only tourists, but also numerous pilgrims of the most diverse currents in Hinduism, since besides Lakshmi and Narayana, it contains sanctuaries in honor of Buddha, Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha, Durga and Krishna.

Another pearl of this temple ensemble is a garden with numerous fountains and waterfalls with an area of ​​over 3 hectares.

3. Jama Masjid


The largest and most famous mosque in Delhi, the construction of which was started almost simultaneously with the famous Taj Mahal and completed in 1656. The mosque attracts increased attention of tourists because of its architectural and historical value, and a religious shrine, an ancient copy of the Koran written in deerskin, is of particular interest to pilgrims.

4. St. James' Church


The oldest Anglican church in Delhi, was built in 1836 and for 72 years was the cathedral of the vice-royalty of the British colonization. Located near the Kashmir Gate.

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5. Swaminarayan Akshardham


The largest and largest temple complex in India, the construction of which was completed in 2005. It is the fruit of labor of more than 7,000 modern Indian architects and craftsmen. Despite its high cost and scale, it was built solely through voluntary private donations from followers of Swaminarayan, whose statue is located in the very center of the building.

Anyone can visit the complex, as it is not a purely religious building, but rather a memorial and a universal place of worship. Akshvardham daily pleases visitors with various exhibitions, theatrical performances, musical fountains, numerous restaurants and gardens, as well as walks along an artificial lake. Must checkout the Palace on Wheels route map which shows all the places which are covered during the trip.

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6. Sri Bangla Sahib Gurdwara


The famous Sikh temple in Delhi in honor of Guru Har Krishana, was built in 1783 simultaneously with 9 other gurdwaras in the capital of India. Inside the complex there is a large pond called Sarovar, the waters of which are revered by Sikhs as sacred amrita. Located in the main business district of Delhi - Connaught Place.

7. Nizamuddin Dargah


The mausoleum of Nizamuddin Auliya, which is one of the most revered and famous saints in Sufism, is located in the eponymous district of Delhi - Nizamuddin West. It is one of the most revered religious shrines, which is visited daily by thousands of Muslims, tourists and ordinary residents of the city.

Next to the mausoleum are the tombs of the poet and musician - Amir Khosrov, as well as the world famous Sufi preacher, philosopher and musician - Hazrat Inayat Khan.

8. ISKCON Delhi – Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Temple


The largest and most famous temple complex of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Delhi is dedicated to Krishna and Radha. At the moment, there are several hotels for pilgrims and guests in the area adjacent to the temple, a beautiful park and an artificial lake, a cafe, a center for Vedic culture, exhibitions of Indian arts, constant musical and laser accompaniment, thanks to which visitors and passers-by can learn about Vedic culture and Indian deities.

9. Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir


One of the oldest temples of Jainism, located in close proximity to the famous Red Fort and built in 1656. Its name, which literally means red temple, he received thanks to the bright red color of sandstone on the facade of the building. This complex is visited by both pilgrims and ordinary tourists.

The latter are particularly attracted to the charity hospital for birds and other small animals, located on the temple grounds. Take the 20 Days North India including South India and make your trip more memorable.

10. Chhatarpur Temple


Although this place is located in the area of ​​the same name on the outskirts of the southwestern district of Delhi, it is worth a visit to anyone who has decided to get to know the capital of India. This second largest temple in the whole world was built in 1974. The territory of the complex covers an area of ​​24 hectares.

The main temple is dedicated to one of the manifestations of the goddess Shakti Katyayani and opens only twice a year during the celebration of Navratri, the rest of the shrines were erected in honor of Shiva, Ganesha, Radha and Krishna, Lord Rama, services are held in them constantly.
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14 comments:

  1. Wow those Templeas are all so beautiful. I wish I could travel and visit them.

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  2. St. James' Church sounds like a place I would love to see in person. I love to check out local religious places as well. I am all about seeing beautiful structures that have special meanings behind them and exploring them all.

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  3. Swaminarayan Akshardhama and St James Church look incredible! I would love to see that in person. Great list, this was so helpful!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. They look wonderful. I love India and Delhi was so special. Hoping to return again soon.

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  5. Wow, these temples sound amazing! i'd love to visit one day

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  6. I love this list! They are all great places and so breathtaking! Everyone should take the time to see them.

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  7. Mama Maggie's KitchenJune 19, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    These places sounds sooo amazing! I will definitely add them on my bucket list!

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  8. Wow, the architecture on those temples are amazing! I would go just to be breath taken by the scenery! -Sondra Barker @cuisineandtravel.com

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  9. Need to add these places to my bucket list.

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  10. I have never been to Delhi and I can say that this is a perfect destination getaway for my whole family.

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  11. They sound like interesting temples to explore. I didn't know there were so many in Delhi.

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  12. Oh wow. There are some beautiful temples in Delhi. My friend went to one when she visited. so many wonderful photos.

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  13. Sounds like there is so much to do and see in Delhi. These temples are beautiful and so interesting to explore.

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  14. Oh I would love to visit these places. There are so many amazing places to see in the world, my list is huge!

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