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Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a Bahá'í House of Representatives and a popular monument in Delhi. Built in 1986, is shaped like a lotus flower, which is also its name derived. Baha'i Faith treats all religions as equal or as two sides of the same coin and this temple has been built taking into account the same belief. People of all faiths are welcome to visit the site, although the preaching of a particular religion or idolatry is not permitted inside the building.
Considered an ideal place to obtain peace of mind and serenity, the temple was inaugurated in December 1986 and has since attracted more than 50 million visitors worldwide, making it one of the monuments world's most visited. In India, Lotus Temple visit at times have exceeded the no. People who visit the Taj Mahal. This is a very recent architectural marvel of the Baha'i faith, the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), preached the message of oneness of humanity as one race, regardless of the religion they follow. The temple has a sense of calm and peace extroaordinary like the values it represents. A must for anyone visiting New Delhi.

Chatarpur Mandir
Chattarpur Mandir is an architectural gem located on Mehrauli close to another historic monument Qutub Minar. Dressed in white marble, built recently in comparison with other famous landmarks in New Delhi, the beauty of its rivals in other complexes Mughal city. Similar to the architecture of temples of South India, is devoted mainly to the goddess Durga, where devotees from all over the country gather to pay homage to the deity.
It is a sacred tree inside the temple premises on which it is believed that tying a thread in the result will be your wish is fulfilled. Join the 24 / 7 prayer and sermons that were done inside and visit the lush garden and other temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Shiva. The best time to visit the temple is during Durga Puja, when the temple is decorated with all its glory with thousands of devotees who visit the place, standing patiently in long lines for their turn to get the "Darshan" of the Godhead.

The ISKCON Temple
ISKCON Temple of Delhi is in Dhirshain Raja Marg, Sant Nagar, near the town east of Kailash. It is one of 40 temples in India that belongs to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dedicated to Lord Krishna. A part of the Hare Krishna Movement started by Acharya Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the devotees and followers of the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult built this temple in 1998 to spread the message of Bhagwad Gita.
Simple but very well done, the interior walls of this temple in Delhi has been decorated with aesthetic works of Russian artists who represent different stages of the life of various deities like Radha-Krishan, and Sita Ram. The main attractions are the Temple of ISKCON central prayer hall and the temple museum. Good looks and nice idols of Radha-Krishna deities are present in the central hall. The temple museum instead organizes multimedia shows to make the devotees understand the story of the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It also gives a brief explanation interpretive views, philosophy and practice of the Hare Krishna cult. This is an interesting feature of the temple and not to be missed. Janmashtmli festival, the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with the ISKCON temple premises on a large scale. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on this auspicious day and the atmosphere of joyful celebration is truly inspiring.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship in Delhi. It is easily recognizable by its impressive golden dome and tall mast.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, an Indian ruler in the seventeenth century. The eighth Sikh guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi. During that time, there was an epidemic of smallpox and cholera, and Guru Har Krishan helped those who suffer in giving aid and fresh water well in this house. The water is now revered as having healing properties and is taken by the Sikhs throughout the world to their homes. The Gurdwara is now a place of pilgrimage for Sikhs and Hindus.
In the temple grounds, a kitchen, a large pond, a school and an art gallery. As with all Sikh Gurdwaras, the concept of langar is practiced, and all persons, regardless of race or religion can eat at the Gurdwara. The holidays especially, this place is full of people of all faiths and denominations. The Sikh history buffs can visit the Baba Baghel Singh Museum in the Gurudwara complex.

Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid-e-Jahan Numa also known as the Jama Masjid located in Old Delhi is one of the largest mosques in Asia and the Pacific. This mosque is a sacred place of worship not only for Muslims but also for people who follow other religions. Jama Masjid was built in 1656 AD. by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, a lover and patron of the architectural masterpieces built several famous monuments like the Taj Mahal, a popular tourist attraction both for its exquisite beauty and its proximity to other sites of interest include the Red Fort, Digambar Jain Temple and Chandni Chowk, the court may hold more than 20 thousand faithful at a time. Several sacred Islamic clerics remain inside the mosque together with a Koran written on the skin of a deer, and finger and sandals of the Prophet.
It took six years and more than 5,000 workers for the construction of Jama Masjid, which cost a total of 1 million rupees, a colossal amount at that time. Verses from the Holy Koran is beautifully carved on the walls, and steps are constructed of red sandstone. The dome is flanked by two minarets 130 feet high on both sides, each built of marble and red sandstone. Exudes a wonderful charm, is a must for every visitor.

Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir, also known as "Lakshmi Narayan Mandir", is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg, which is dedicated to Vishnu, the second of the Hindu Trinity of creator-conservative, destructive, and his consort Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Built in 1938, famous Birla Mandir was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi (Father of Indian Nation) with the express condition that people of all castes and untouchables in particular are allowed to enter.
Durga and Shiva are the other main deities in this temple. Of note is the Buddha in this temple complex The temple is designed in the style of Orissa, with high towers topped by large Amalaka curve (circular ribbed trim at the top of a temple tower). The exterior is faced with white marble and red sandstone typical of Mughal architecture.Birla Mandir Delhi is also famous for the festival of Janmashtami (birth of the Hindu deity Krishna.) The festival is celebrated here with good will and joy.
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