Sacred Sites Of Delhi

Akshardham Temple

The massive temple complex of the Swaminarayan sect is set amidst 100 acres of well laid out lawns and lotus-shaped water bodies, on the banks of river Yamuna. It was inaugurated on November 7, 2005, by the President and Prime Minister of India and has become a must-visit site of Delhi. Akshardham is much more than a temple. The gigantic structure was ornately carved by over 11,000 craftsmen working diligently for over 300 million man-hours. The main temple is 141 ft. high, 316 ft. broad and 370 ft. long, and has 239 exquisitely carved pillars and nine domes. It enshrines an 11 ft. high gold-plated idol of Lord Swaminarayan. There are also idols of Lakshmi – Narayan, Shiva – Parvati, Radha Krishna, and Sita – Ram. Over 20,000 other idols of disciples are carved on the inside and outside walls. Finely carved floral motifs, 869 peacocks, and 149 full-sized elephants also grace the magnificent temple complex. About 2 kms. long parikramas have over 1,152 beautifully carved pillars.

The exhibition halls studded with modern technologies like IMAX theatre, auto electromatic machines, and sound and light shows exhibit an amazing world of Indian culture and heritage. There is also a Disneyland kind of 12-minute boat ride that takes visitors through the vast magnitude of Indian culture. Models of Ajanta and Ellora caves and the thematic setting of our culture are brought to life through dummy depictions. The mammoth edifice resembles the Akshardham of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and over 2 billion rupees are said to have been spent to create this wonderland.

Bahai’s House of Worship (Lotus Temple)

The lotus-shaped shrine of the Bahai sect invites followers of all faiths to meditate and pray in silence. The petals of the lotus are made of concrete clad with white marble which gives freshness and transparency to its surface. Around the blooming petals are nine pools of water, which light up in natural light. At dusk, the sight of the floodlit Lotus temple is simply spectacular.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

The sacred Sikh shrine at Baba Kharak Singh Marg commemorates the visit of Guru Harkrishan Sahibji.

Chhatarpur Temples

The massive structures built in white marble are just 4 kms. from Qutb Minar. worth a visit. The main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Digambar Jain Mandir

This important Jain temple on the eastern end of Chandni Chowk is dedicated to Lord Adinath. It was built in 1656, as a part of the city of Shahjahanabad and also has a well-known bird hospital.

Hanuman Mandir

This small shrine near Connaught Place was built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur. It is one of the important Hindu shrines of the city and very popular among the devotees of Lord Hanuman.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

The sacred Muslim pilgrim site is dedicated to Sheikh Nizamuddin Chisti, fourth in the line of Chisti saints. He was born in Budaun in Uttar Pradesh in 1236 and lived most of his life in Delhi. Among his illustrious disciples were the Sultans, Alauddin Khilji and Mohammed bin Tughlaq and the celebrated poet, Amir Khusro. Sheikh Nizamuddin died in 1325 and soon after his burial at this spot the adjacent area became the coveted cemetery of Muslim nobility. Every Thursday, after sunset qawwals, sing the melodious lyrics of Amir Khusro.

Fatehpuri Masjid

The mosque was built in 1650, by Fatehpuri Begum, one of the wives of emperor Shah Jahan. Located on the western end of Chandni Chowk, the mosque is surmounted by a single dome and flanked by minarets.

Jama Masjid

The red sandstone mosque was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1650. It is set on a high platform and can be reached by steps on the north, south, and east sides. The rectangular prayer hall has a magnificent facade of arches decorated with marble frames and inscribed panels. The towering minarets of the mosque dominate the Old Delhi skyline and afford a fine view of the city.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

The massive temple dedicated to Narayana (the Preserver) and Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth), is the most popular Hindu temple of the city. It was built in 1938, by an eminent industrialist Raja Baldev Birla and inaugurated by Gandhi Ji. The temple has a large number of idols representing various Hindu deities,

Sisganj Gurudwara

It lies at Chandni Chowk and is associated with Guru Teg Bahadur, who was beheaded here in 1675, on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb.

St. James Church

It was built by James Skinner and consecrated in 1836 and is the oldest surviving church in Delhi. The church is of a western classical design with a Greek cross plan.

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