Delhi Tourism – Part 3

Delhi Tourism – Part 3

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Delhi has a long list of tourist attractions, from monuments & temples to parks and museums. Delhi has so much in store that it won’t stop amusing you. Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly together. The story of the city is as old as the epic Mahabharata, when the town was known as Indraprastha, where Pandavas used to live. It is home to three World Heritage monuments—Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb that has survived many centuries.

Here are the lists of more tourist destinations.

Akshardham Temple:

Akshardham temple in Delhi is the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records. It was built by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a spiritual organization and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and thousands of BAPS volunteers. The Swaminarayan Akshardham was built in only five years and was inaugurated on 6 November 2005. It is a stunning architectural work made of the pink stone and white marble, located on the banks of the Yamuna River.

A traditional mandir (temple) dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan that reflects the beauty and spirituality of India’s ancient art, culture, and architecture. Swaminarayan Akshardham epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions, and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values, and contributions for the progress, happiness, and harmony of mankind.

You can also read about Akshardham Temple, Iskon Temple in Jaipur

Lotus Temple:

Lotus Temple is completed in 1986, built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai’s temples built around the world. It is set among the lush green landscaped gardens.

Lotus in the Bahai Temple symbolizes four religions namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam. This temple belongs to the Bahai faith which proclaims that all people and religions are united. The structure is made up of pure white marble and the architect was Furiburz Sabha. He chose the lotus as this symbol is common in all religions.

The temple has nine doors which allow 2500 visitors at the same time. For mesmerizing architecture, this building has achieved a numerous of the architectural awards. Lotus Temple is truly a perfect sight for visitors, moreover in the night when it is all well-lit up; beautiful white lotus flower is eye-catching for all.

ISKON Temple:

ISKCON stands for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It has over 650 Temples and centers of Vedic Value Education across 6 continents around the world. ISKCON is a spiritual institution founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966.

The World’s Largest Bhagavad Gita – Astounding Gita is also there, it stands 2.80 X 2.00 meters tall and weight is 800 Kgs. There are lots of museums inside the temple where you can visit the extraordinary exhibits. Half an hour of dramatic light and sound show through multiple high-tech displays depicting the concepts of reincarnation is amazing. Vegetarian food also available, you can get traditional Indian, Continental, Chinese and other cuisines also.

You can also read about Govind Dev Ji Temple, Galta Ji and Birla Mandir in Jaipur

Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir):

Laxminarayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is one of Delhi’s major temples and a major tourist attraction. It was built by one of the big Industrialists of India Sh. J.K. Birla in 1939; this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place.

The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (Lord Vishnu). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes will be allowed to enter the temple. The temple stretches for up to 7.5 acres. It is very spacious and large to hold many devotees. The architecture resembles the Nagar style and there are a lot of side temples here as well which are dedicated to various other deities like Buddha, Shiva, and Krishna.

Chattarpur Temple:

Chattarpur Temple is a popular temple founded in the 1970s by Sant Shri Nagpal Baba, situated in beautiful surroundings of the most ancient and historical Mehrauli Area. This divine temple has incredible architecture and it’s a perfect blend of north India and south India. There are beautiful statues of Shiv-Parvati, Ram-Darbar, Maa Katyayani, Radha-Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi, and 101 feet high Lord Hanuman statue.

Chattarpur Temple is also known by many of the divine devotional pulsations of Shree Adya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir. The Mandir is spread almost over an area of approximately 70 acres. The temple has a number of famous structures, separate as well as they combined, devoted to each deity with large halls for the perfect congregation of visitors all across the country.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara:

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara dedicated to Guru Shri Harkishan Sahib Ji; the 8th Sikh Guru. At the age of 5, he became the youngest Guru in Sikhism on 7 October 1661. It is located in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place. The complex of Gurudwara is quite very big and has a community kitchen hall, higher secondary school, charitable dispensary, library, Museum, and multilevel parking. Every day a lot of devotees are taking food called ‘Langer’. The most attractive feature of the Gurudwara is the Sarovar (Pond) and that Sarovar is full of holy colorful fishes. The water of Sarovar called ‘Amrit’ has a very significant value for the devotees.

The history of this Gurudwara is quite rich. It is said that Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was mainly a Bungalow (Haveli) used by Mirza Raja Jai Singh of Amber, Jaipur. Raja Jai Singh was a well-known military leader of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. In 1664, the Eighth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Harkishan Sahib used to stay here as a guest and later offered treatment to the people suffering from smallpox and cholera. During the process of providing treatment, Guru Harkishan himself suffered from smallpox that became the cause of his death. He took his last breath at the age of 7 years on March 30, 1664. Earlier this palace was called as Jaisinghpura Palace but later known as Bangla Sahib.

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