The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
This is an ancient mosque built by Shah Jahans wife Fatehpuri Begum. The name of the mosque was after here. it is a red sandstone mosque that stands on a little high platform. It has a colossal dome with two tall minarets. The arches and spacious halls are an example of the beauty of the Mughal architecture of the last phase. This was the place where inter- religion debates used to take place in the past. It is also said that this mosque was a hideout for Mughal armies during wartimes.
Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin
This week, I thought of stepping out of some mind barriers and venture out to enjoy the space predominantly patronized by the followers of another faith. I visited Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, the tomb and academy of Mirza Ghalib, both situated in Nizamuddin East and Urdu Academy situated near ITO. Although none of these places should actually be linked to any particular faith, but the socio-political divide has distanced these places from the interest of all.Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is a mausoleum of one of the most revered Sufi saints, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. Like most other religious places, the environment was unable to champion the message of love spread by the saint. It was more like a boisterous trade centre where at every step, donations were sought. Rules were imposed. Fear of baba was induced. We sat down to enjoy some qawali. With music, I felt, some chords of devotion were struck. I am quite certain that a deeper interaction with that space is required to be able to block out the hustle and internalize the essence. I am looking forward to visit again to find out.
This is an offbeat mosque that stands out from all its counterparts of that era. The mosque was built by the Prime Minister of Ferozeshah Tughlaq named, Khan-i-Jahan Junaan Telangani. The mosque that is now a symbol of loneliness and ignorance is a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Unlike other mosques that have a single courtyard, this is divided into four small courtyards, each having a design different from the other. The lattice and calligraphy work is admirable and the sight of children using the green area for playing is a blissful sight. The building is almost in crumbles at present. The main reasons are lack of restoration and the scarcity of sunlight penetrating inside.
Bahai Lotus Temple
Also known as the Bahai Temple, it was built by a Persian architect named Fariborz Sabha in the year 1986. The temple is built in the shape of a lotus, which is a universal symbol of peace. This temple is open to all no matter what religion you belong to. Anyone who seeks inner peace is sure to find a magical feeling here. The temple is spacious and can hold 2500 people at one time. It has 9 doors that lead to a common central hall. The temple is made up mainly of marble blocks and dolomite. This gives it an even more peaceful look. The motto of the Bahai religion is creating unity among people of the world and welcoming each person who wants to leave behind the bindings of religion and caste. The design and architecture of this temple has been appreciated worldwide among all other Bahai temples in the world. There are also beautiful pools with crystal clear water inside the temple. It feels that the temple has certain therapeutic qualities that can heal a person suffering of stress and inner disturbance.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
This temple is one of the oldest temples in India and was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724. The specialty of this temple is that the symbol on the top of it is not of a conventional swastika or OM instead it is of a crescent moon which is actually an Islamic symbol and is said to have saved the temple from being demolished during Mughal attacks. The main deity of this temple is a south facing statue of Lord Hanumana with a gada in one hand and the other on his chest highlighting the image of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. The ceiling of the temple is decorated with frescoes depicting parts of the Ramayana. The main festival celebrated here is the Hanumana Jayanti. Saturdays and Tuesdays experience a footfall of thousands of devotees.
Then I headed towards the Jhandewalan Devi Temple you can walk or take rickshaw. I decided to walk to till Jhandewalan Devi Temple. It is 15-20 minutes walk to the temple.Jhandewalan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti (avatar of goddess Durga). The temple is located on Jhandewalan Road on the way to Karol Bagh, Delhi, India. The temple is another famous and respected shrine of the goddess. The temple receives a large number of devotees throughout the year. The name Jhandewalan was given during Shah Jahan's reign, due to the prayer flags or 'jhandas' being offered.It is said that Jhandewalan was once located in a mountain region. When this place was excavated then sanctum of goddess was descended and on this place the temple was established. It is believed that Badri Bhagat, one of the great devotee of Matarani, dreamed of her and she told him about this idol. Thereafter the temple was constructed at the same place. The original idol of Jhandewali Mata Ji is present at ground level. The temple is one of the famous religious site for Hindu's. Here everyone can come and worship irrespective of the caste and status. The temple is echoed with day and night chanting of the goddess mantras. The devotees are blessed with happiness, peace and good health.Many festivals are celebrated in Jhandewalan Temple. On the occasion of Durga Puja and Navratra, a special Puja is organized. The temple is decorated with flowers and light. The temple's spiritual environment give peace of mind and heart to the devotees.
Pracheen Hanuman Mandir
Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place, New Delhi, is an ancient Hindu temple and is claimed to be one of the five temples of Mahabharata days in Delhi. This area is also known as 'Chudi Bazaar' which means the bangle market. In case you visit this temple to taste a little bit of its divinity then don’t forget to taste a little bit of its decorative bangles. The temple timings are 5am- 11pm everyday but the main darshan doors are closed in the afternoon from 1pm-3pm. But the temple is open and so is the Bangle Bazaar within the vicinity of the temple. This is a wholesale market in Delhi for bangles. The small commercial establishments around the temple are decorated with bangles in resplendent colors. All kinds of bangles are available in this bazaar. Lac, plastic, glass and metal bangles adorn the tiny little shops. From trendy funky to traditional, from gaudy to simple, from plain black metal to sparkling glass… you’ll find it all here.Temple: 5am-11pm (everyday) Closed- 1pm to 3pm everydayBangle Bazaar: 11am-6pm (everyday)
Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world. This ancient city never stops, never pauses growing. This metropolis is not only ahead for its politics but also for its tourism, fashion, finance, education and entertainment. Delhi has something or the other for everyone. The iconic Red Fort or Lal Qila built of sandstone has been standing tall since 1648 and was the brainchild of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It’s compartmentalised never ending premise is full of royal surprises and bazaar as well full of souvenir hawkers. You can witness a celebration of modern Indian arts at Akshardham, a wondrous house of worship. The colossal, Lotus Temple is a center of Baha'i faith and is a peaceful refuge from the breathlessness of the city. Shreds of evidence from the ancient times dot the city in the forms of the grand India Gate, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Purana Qila, Lodhi Gardens and the list never ends. The city has a rich and colourful character, parts of which still inherit a medieval character. Places like Janpath Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, and Dilli Haat are heaven for shopaholics. The city has a rich and colourful character, parts of which still inherit a medieval character. You may splurge at the high-end restaurants and pubs all over Delhi, but you don’t want to miss the street food. Connaught Place, Chanakyapuri and the Parliament Street stretch, everything contributes to the grandeur New Delhi is. If you’re touring Delhi, Paharganj is a good choice for staying with quite good connectivity.
ISKCON is the International Society for Krishna Conciousness and the temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Krishna of course. The temple is situated on a hillock also known as the Hare Krishna Hill. The temple is built in a neo- classical style with typical South Indian temple Gopurams in it. There are 4 gopurams inside the temple which are joined by a glass canopy which looks spectacular. This temple was built to mark the birth anniversary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the whole community. The peaceful atmosphere and the continuous chanting of "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" is extremely soothing. There is also a separate prayer hall, vedic theatre, vedic museum and lecture hall in the temple. There is an average footfall of around 8000- 10000 people everyday and this goes up to 15000 or even more on weekends. The main festival celebrated here is the Krishna Janmashtami.
This is an ancient Hindu Temple that is said to have been located earlier on the hills which was later repositioned due to excavations. It is located on the Jhandewalan road on the way to Karol Bagh. The presiding deity is thet of Adi Shakti Maa Durga. The legend says that a man named Badri Bhagat was a great devotee of Mata Rani and that the Goddess appeared to him in his dreams and instructed about the idol. The original idol is kept in the first floor of the temple. The name Jhandewalan was given during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan due to the temple flag offerings. Around a thousand devotees visit this temple every two days. The main festivals celebrated here are the Durga Puja and Navaratra.
Digambar Jain Temple
13kms north-east of Varanasi is where the deer park is located, in the city of Sarnath, this is tha place where Gautam Budh first taught the Dharma, this is also the place where Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism was born and a Jain temple is dedicated to him here.
Ram Raja Mandir
The Ram Raja Temple is a sanctuary in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a holy Hindu pilgrimage journey and gets enthusiasts in vast numbers consistently and is also generally known as Orchha Temple. Every year household traveler number is around 650,000 and the remote visitor number is around 25,000. Every day number of guests to the sanctuary range from 1500 to 3000 and on certain essential Hindu celebrations like the Ram Navami, Vasant Panchami, Kartik Purnima , Makar Sankranti, Shivratri, and Vivaha Panchami the quantity of enthusiasts who throng to Orchha range in thousands. Ram Navami celebration is observed Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu timetable. Amid this time Lord Ram's golden calf is moved from inside the sanctuary to a throne in the verenda. The sanctuary routine timings depend on the Hindu Calendar Months. This place is like a heaven for those who love worshiping.
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir
This is also known as the lal Mandir and is the oldest Jain temple to have been built in Delhi. It is just opposite the Red Fort and was built in the 16th century during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is known that he once invited a number of Jain seths and requested them to settle down in the area. He also granted them some land and allowed them to build a temporary place to be known as their temple. After this they acquired three marble idols and placed them in the temple. The presiding deity is that of Tirthankar Parshvanatha.