Popular Religious and Spiritual Places to Visit in Delhi
Delhi, a City of Many Religions and Faiths
Delhi is a city of various religions; People here in Delhi are from diverse faiths which include Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism and Jainism. Delhi people respects each other’s religion and beliefs, and they all live in peace. They have been doing that for centuries. In Delhi you can find Temples, Mosques, Gurudwaras and Churches all situated in one street. In the morning time one can experience the diverse culture of Delhi, you can listen mantra chanting in Temples, Gurbani in Gurudwaras and prayers from Mosque and Church. That is why spiritual tours to India are so popular.
Popular Festivals in Delhi
Delhi people celebrate festivals of all the religions with the same spirit and enthusiasm. Some of the popular festivals in Delhi are Deepawali, Holi, Christmas, Eid, Chhath Puja and Durga Puja. The heterogeneity in Delhi religion is probably because Delhi was ruled by different dynasties from different religions which include Chauhan and Gupta Dynasty from Hindus, Lodhi's and Mughals from Muslims and then British ruled India for more than 250 years.
Popular religious and spiritual places in Delhi
Akshardham temple is an architectural masterpiece and it depicts great Indian culture and Hindu religion in an exclusive way. Akshardham temple is one of the finest manmade structures of all time in India. It is situated in the eastern part of Delhi, and is one of the most visited tourist places in Delhi. It was built by over 10000 artisans and volunteers with budget of over 2 billion, and it covers an area of around 100 acres. This beautiful structure has more than 15000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stones. This 356 feet long, 316 feet wide and 141.3 feet high monument has many beautiful gardens, musical fountains and carved pavilions.
The Central Baptist Church in Delhi is one of the oldest churches in entire north India. It was built in 1814 and it shows the effect of European architecture of that time on Indian art.
Nizamuddin Dargah is the mausoleum of one of the India's most famous Muslim Sufi saints Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The Dargah is sacred places for Muslims and every month thousand of Mullims come here with their wishes. It is also a famous place for non Muslims like Hindus and Christians. It also houses the tomb of Amir Khusrau, a famous poet and the saint's beloved disciple.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwaras in Delhi, It is a place where Sikh people come and offer their religious prayers. There is a pond inside the Gurudwara and Sikhs considered it holy therefore it is also known as "Amrit". This Gurudwara is known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, he used to live here in 1664 and at that time this building was a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh.
The Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Popularly known as Birla Mandir was built by famous industrialist B. R. Birla from 1933 and 1939. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Laxmi and her consort Lord Vishnu(Narayan). It was inaugurated by none other than Mahatma Gandhi. The temple is around 165 feet high and is spread over an area of 7 acres. Thousand of devotees come here during the time of Hindu festivals, especially on Janmashtami and Diwali.
Jama Masjid is probably one of the most prominent and biggest mosques in India. It was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1644 A.D. Close to 25000 people can offers prayers in this mosque at the same time. People from different religions from all over the world come here to visit this Mosque.
Chhatarpur temple is an architectural wonder and is the second largest temple in India after Akshardham Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani (a form of Durga), a huge size divinized statue of Goddess Katyayani attracts devotees from all over India. The architecture of this temple gives a feel of south Indian style architecture. The temple complex is of massive size, inside the complex there are beautiful gardens, lawns, a big hall to offer prayers and places dedicated to other Hindu God's and Goddess. During the auspicious occasion of Navratri thousand of devotees come here to offer prayers and there are long queues to reach the place of prayer.
Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is second most prominent gurudwara in Delhi for Sikhs community. It is the place where the ninth Guru of the Sikhs Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur's headless body was cremated after his execution in 1675, under orders of Aurangzeb for refusing to accept Islam.
Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is one of the oldest Jain temples in India and it was built in 1656 by red sandstone. The temple complex also houses a medical treatment center for birds and it was founded in 1956 on the Jain principle to stop killing. It’s a wonderful place for spiritual aspirants.
There are many other religious and spiritual places to visit in Delhi, may be they are not as famous as above but they are perfect places for spiritual practice.