Places of Worship in Delhi
Indian is perhaps the only country in the world where people of such diverse religion, castes and creed live together in complete harmony. Here the religion, dialect and customs change after every few kms and yet every festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Hindus don't hesitate to go to Gurudwara's, Sikhs don't hesitate to visit Churches and Muslims are free to visit any temple of any sect or religion. While touring the capital city of India, this fact becomes even more evident as one sees places of worship of different religions lined together and welcoming its devotees with open arms without any discrimination.
The Hindu religion has many places of worship in Delhi starting with the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Mandir, as it is commonly known. A famous tourist attraction, it was built by industrialist G.D.Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (the preserver). People of all castes are allowed into this temple. Chattarpur is a famous Hindu temple about 4 kms from Qutub Minar. The temple complex is divided into 3 parts dedicated to goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi.
For Muslims the celebrated Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India and a rare one at that as it is one of the few mosques where Women are allowed. One of Delhi's major attractions is the Nizam-ud-Din Shrine. It's the tomb of the famous Sufi saint Hasrat Nizam-ud-Din Auliya and is surrounded by historically significant tombs.
The famed Gurudwara Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place is a palace 'Haveli' dedicated to Mirza Raja Jai Singh where the eight guru of the Sikhs, Guru Hari Krishan Dev in 1664 became martyr. It is a place of worship of Sikhs and is known as Bangla Sahib. Lakkhi Banjara, who had performed the last rites of the martyred Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadurji, built the Gurudwara Rakab Ganj near Parliament House in 1732, and the place today is much visited by people of all sects. Besides these, the Iskcon Temple of Lord Shri Krishna attracts devotees from all over the world. The Bahai Temple or popularly known as the Lotus Temple is a temple built in the shape of a Lotus flower. It is the last of the seven major Bahai's temples built around the world.