India is a country with good secular credentials. The country has championed the cause of secularism and has a very healthy structure to support it. It doesn't promote any particular religion and have people from all religions on the posts of reckoning. Delhi being the capital of India is a melting pot for the people of all religions. Therefore it is but natural that the city boasts off numerous places of worship and shrines belonging to every major or minor religion on the earth.
Starting with temples, you have Birla Temple near the New Delhi railway
station. The beautiful temple was once the epicenter of Indian freedom
struggle. This was because Mahatma Gandhi had a temporary residence
here. The Birla temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Vishnu and his
wife Lakshmi. If you want to visit a historic temple then move to the
Kashmiri gate area and you will find the "old Hanuman temple".
The way towards this temple is very narrow and dirty but the temple in
itself is worth a visit. Then you have Chhatarpur Temple, the largest in
India. Though this place is not much revered, the sheer size and
grandeur of this temple attract large number of tourists. The mammoth
marble structure looks intimidating in Delhi's skyline. Other famous
temples in Delhi are ISKCON and Akshardham temple. Both of these are new
one but attract large crowd because of their magnificent architecture.
While former is a beautifully carved marvel, later is a mammoth yellow
sandstone structure built at the cost of nearly 100 million dollars.
Among the mosques, the most magnificent is the historical Jama Masjid.
The dominating red stone building talks a length about the grandeurs of
the mighty Mughal. The three-domed structure with sky kissing minarets
is free for visitors apart from prayer times. Then comes Fatehpuri
Masjid in Chandni Chowk, truly a piece of art. Made of red stone, the
structure has depleted in recent times but the Naqqashi work is worth
appreciating. Apart from these, you have tombs of famous Sufi saints,
Nizam-ud-din Auliya and Khwaza Bakhtiyar Kaki. Both of them are flocked
by people of all religions. The Thursday evening Qauwwali is a must for
Among Gurudwaras, the most revered and visited is Shri Bangla Sahib
near Connaught place. The gurudwara is brimming with people at any part
of the day. The brightly lit structure has a sense of peace and
serenity. Then you have historical Shish Gunj gurudwara at Chandni Chowk
that is always full of people belonging to all religions. Apart from
these you have Bala Sahib and Nanak Piao that are considered sacrosanct
Among the Churches, the most famous is the Church of redemption. The
red stone structure is very popular among the foreign diplomats
following Anglican or the Protestant sect of Christianity. The church
organizes the weekly mass on Sunday and remains crowded. The other is
Church of Sacred Heart that is run by Catholics. This church also
organizes communion service and discourses on Sunday.