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Delhi’s Share of Shrines That Speak Faith and Devotion

February 17, 2020

Religious faith is the silent yet profound under-current of human society. This is that one mega philosophy we always adhere at every age in every phase. Delhi is marked with renowned Shrines or Religious Sites which tells the story of each faith. Each Shrine houses the pious deity and comes with its set norms and culture. The city crowds each shrine on a weekly or monthly basis. Needless to say, special festivals witness overpowering visit. Show gratitude at these famous shrines of Delhi:-

Dargah Hazrat NizamuddinShrine

A street dotted with Chaddar Sellers, Mecca Prints and Flowers lead to the Dargah Hazrat Nizammudin. Dedicated to the world’s most famous Sufi Saint, Nizammudin Auliya is a significant religious shrine in Delhi. The temple hosts the tombs of 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusro, 17th-century Mughal princess Jahanara Begum, and 19th-century Sufi musician Inayat Khan, the founder of Sufi order in the West. Tie a thread on the latticed verandah and it is believed to serve as a reminder of your wishes to the saint. Where: Boali Gate Rd, Opp The Lodhi, New Delhi Nearest Metro Station: Indraprastha Metro Station

Gurudwara Bangla SahibShrine

Survey ranks Gurudwara Bangla Sahib as Numero Uno when it comes to Pilgrimage Sites in Delhi. It is known for its association with the Eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. In Gurdwara Bangla Sahib visitors can easily spend one whole morning listening to the tunes of raagis who sing, recite and interpret the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikh faith. The complex also houses a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and a hospital. Where: Bangla Sahib Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi Nearest Metro: Rajiv Chowk

Sri Digambar Jain Lal MandirShrine

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest Jain Temple in Delhi. Constructed in red sandstone, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism. Travelers are allowed to visit shrines containing the images of the most important saints of the Jain faith. The premise houses a veterinary hospital along with a unique Bird Hospital. Long-standing custom of the temple is to play musical instruments like drums which add to the temple charm. Where: Chandni Chowk, Netaji Subhash Marg, New Delhi Nearest Metro: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

Sacred Heart CathedralShrine

Named as one of the icons in Delhi by Hindustan Times, Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the renowned Roman Catholic Churches in the city. Also known as the Mother Church of Archdiocese of Delhi it was designed by Henry Alexander Medd. The Christmas Vigil Service and the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth during Christmas is a major attraction. Where: 1 Ashok Place, New Delhi Nearest Metro: Patel Chowk Metro Station

Kalkaji MandirShrine

Kalkaji Mandir is the worship house of Goddess Kali. The general belief is that the image of the Goddess Kalka here is a self-manifested one and that the shrine dates back to Satya Yuga when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed the demon Raktabija. This is a place of interest for visitors who look for an authentic experience of Indian culture off the beaten track. Where: Lotus Temple Rd, Block 9, Kalkaji, New Delhi Nearest Metro Station: Govindpuri Metro Station

Chattarpur TempleShrine

Spread over 60 acres, Chattarpur Temple is Delhi’s Second Largest Temple after Akshardham. Chattarpur Temple is dedicated to Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetham. There is a special sanctum or the ‘Shayya Kaksh’ which is considered to be the resting room of Goddess Katyayani and has a bed and dressing table made of silver. Tie thread in one of the sacred trees in the temple premise as a mark of your devotion. Visit the temple in full beauty in the wee hours of Navratri. Where: Chhatarpur, New Delhi Nearest Metro Station: Chhatarpur Metro Station

Lotus Temple

Shrine Built in the shape of Lotus Flower, Lotus Temple is the last major Bahai Temple in the world. This is one of the most secular premises in Delhi where adherents of any faith, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can visit. CNN Report claimed that this is the most visited temples in the world. Baha is a form of monotheistic religion that promotes the love for all humanity. The Lotus Temple is composed of 27 marble ‘petals’ arranged in concentric clusters. The lawns around the temple are a good place to rest. In the evening, the temple is beautifully illuminated. Where: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir  

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