Communal Harmony in Delhi: Places of Worship for Various Religions

India has been known as a secular nation for a long time and its capital, New Delhi, showcases the same in the most apt manner. This city holds various places that might interest tourists, with several of them being religious in nature. Here we describe some of the most famous places of worship in Delhi:

Lotus Temple: The Baha’i House of Worship is christened so because of the shape of the structure, which resembles the petals of lotus. In accordance with the texts of Baha’i, there is no distinction of religion and people belonging to all faiths can pay a visit here. Other ceremonies are also carried out as per the Baha’i texts, such as no music being played within premises.

Jama Masjid: Its real name is Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa     and acts as the primary mosque of Old Delhi for all Muslims. Its construction was completed in 1656AD, and the courtyard of the structure itself can hold up to 25,000 worshippers at a time. The North Gate of the mosque is home to various relics, including a copy of the Quran (the holy book of Muslims) written on deer skin.

Akshardham Temple: It is the largest Hindu temple in the world and is ornately made with innumerable exhibitions of traditional culture of Hindus in India via architectural means. It is made entirely of stone and visited by 3/4th of all tourists who visit New Delhi and located along the banks of the Yamuna River.

St. James Church: It is a prominent Anglican Church located at the intersection of Church Road & Lothian Road near Kashmere Gate in Delhi. It was built in 1836 by Colonel James Skinner, because he had vowed to build one if he survived while he lay wounded on battlefield.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: It is the most important gurudwara or house of worship for the Sikhs. It was constructed in 1783 by Sardar Bhagel Singh and is generally associated with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Guru of the Sikhs. It can be easily recognized by its prominent golden dome and flagpole (called the Nishan Sahib).

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