Just like other structures
Shahjahanabad, Jama Masjid was also built with red sandstone. White
marble has also been used extensively, specially in the three domes
and has been inlaid with stripes of black. If you approach the mosque
you discover a whole way of life, a microcosm of quintessential India
in its shadow, on its steps, in the narrow streets criss-crossing,
Meena Bazaar and its famous Urdu Bazzar. On the east, this monument
faces the Red Fort (Lal Qila) and has three gateways, four towers and
two minarets. Constructed of alternating vertical strips of red
sandstone and white marble, the Jama Masjid is the largest and perhaps
the most magnificent mosque in India. The sprawling esplanade, which
separates it from the arterial road, is a fascinating leisure ground.
Main Imam - Jama Masjid
The main imam of this Jama Masjid is the direct descendent of the
original and first Imam appointed by Emperor Shahjahan and till now
there is no break in its descendency. People of other religions are
not allowed in between 12-30-2-00pm. One is allowed to enter the
mosque bare-footed, head covered and wearing lungi, - these are the
norms visitors have to follow and are available on payment. For taking
photographs one has to buy tickets first.
Lotus Temple is the place of worship for the followers of Bhai Faith
in India. This is an beautifull piece of
architecture constructed in Delhi. The shape of the Building Resembles
a bud of the lotus flower opening out. Since a lotus is found in water
thus water pools have been provided on all the sides of the temple.
The building interior is kept cool by creating a natural air
circulation wherein the air travels into the building after flowing
over the cool water surrounding it. Light travels into the temple
through openings created in between the opening petals which gives you
a heavenly feeling while sitting in it.
Construction of the Temple
The construction of this majestic edifice has a spherical dome with an
aesthetic design of the lotus flower. The interior dome is like a bud
containing 27 petals, the light filter through these inner folds and
is dispersed throughout the hall. Nine open petals, each of which
functions as a skylight, hold the central bud. Petals project outward
form marquee over the nine entrances. The nine entrance petals
complete the design are contrived in white marble and white concrete.
The external brilliance is compiled to create an impression of lotus
structure floating upon water and not clasped to its foundation, by
consolidated the glistening light on the petals
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Birla Mandir, also known as Laxminarayan temple,is among the most
popular of Hindu temples in
Delhi.The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938 on the
condition that people of all strata of society be allowed to offer
prayers there on account of the largescale prevalence of
untouchability at that time. Built by the well-known industrialist,
R.D. Birla, the temple is dedicated to Laxmi ( the goddess of wealth)
and Narayana( the preserver). One of the most important festivals of
the Hindus Janamashtami coinciding with the birth of Lord Krishna is
celebrated with great fervour in the temple and the occasion is
visited by lakhs of devotees.At the entrance is a plaque which
welcomes people of all faiths and religions to visit the temple and
that there would be no ostracisation of any kind.
It was built by eminent industrialist Raja Baldev Birla. This temple
is dedicated to Lakshmi , the goddess of wealth and Narayana , the
preserver of this universe. It took nearly six years to construct this
temple. The serene and piously enchanting surroundings awaken every
soul from the slumber of this material world The highest tower in the
temple reaches a height of 165 feet while the ancillary towers reach
116 feet. The Geeta Bhavan, a hall is adorned with beautiful paintings
depicting scenes from Indian mythology. There is also a temple
dedicated to Buddha in this complex with fresco paintings describing
his life and work. The entire complex, especially the walls and the
upper gallery are full of paintings carried out by artists from Jaipur
in Rajasthan. The rear of the temple has been developed as an
artificial mountainous landscape with fountains and waterfalls. The
beautiful Birla Gardens are a real Eden on earth as they have been
grafted with the adoration for the almighty.
in New Delhi epitomises 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.
The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in
only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of
the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS)
and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS
volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005.
Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the
abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas
and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.
Swaminarayan Akshardham reflects the essence and magnitude of India's
ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality.
The beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately
carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular
Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and
statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine
Delhi is located at Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar, near the East of
Kailash locality. It is one of the 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 disseminate the
message of the Bhagwad Gita.
There are beautiful paintings of Russian artists on the different past
times of Radha Krishna, Sita, Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu. Special programmes like kirtan, aarti, pravachan and
prasadam are held every Sunday between noon to 3.00pm.