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Places of Worship

Places of Worship in DelhiIndia 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 tourists.

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 by Sikhs.

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.