Delhi is a place where people from different backgrounds have settled since years, lending a cosmopolitan nature to the Capital. One can find people from different religions living here in harmony, be it Hindus, Christians, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs or Jains.
Hindus are scattered all over Delhi but it is at the Old Delhi Area where Muslims are a majority. Delhi is also home to many Sikhs and even people from Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Baha’i Faith live here.
As there are a large number of faiths, so are the many places of worship. At Chandni Chowk there is a Hindu Temple, the Gauri Shankar Temple, a Baptist Church, a Gurudwara for Sikhs at Sisganj, the Fatehpuri Masjid and even a Jain Temple, all of them located close to each other. Unarguably, Chandni Chowk is one of the places that proudly symbolize the Unity in Diversity aspect of Delhi.
As in any other cosmopolitan city, Delhi is where you can find almost all religions of India. It can be said that there is no religion that does not have a representation here.
In India, one can find many different religions and while some have its origin in the country itself, other faiths have gradually found a place in the country over a period of time. Hinduism, one of the main religions in India, was originated in India thousands of years ago. It is also the religion of a vast majority population in the country. At the same time, India also has a vast Muslim, Christian and Sikh population. India is also where Buddhism and Jainism had its roots and hence there is a sizeable population from both faiths. In addition, India is also home to Zoroastrians and Bahais. India is regarded as a land of spiritual enlightenment as many religions were born in the country and it is here where religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism propagated. Though it was through invaders at different times and travelers who brought to India religions such as Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Zoroastrianism, with time, these faiths became an integral part of India’s cultural landscape. As a befitting characteristic of India’s capital, New Delhi is home to almost all these religions, thus giving an exciting aspect to diversity.
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and is considered to be the third largest religion in the world. Though 33 million Gods and Goddesses are worshipped in the religion, all of them are believed to have manifested from one Supreme Being, thus enforcing the belief that all gods are one, but just differ in form and names. In Delhi, one can find a Hindu temple in almost all nooks and corners; some are even ancient ones, believed to have built hundreds of years ago. Delhi has a special connection to Hinduism as it is believed that one of the first settlements in the region belonged to Pandavas who built Indraprastha, their sprawling city, where Delhi is located now.
Delhi has been a place conquered by foreign rulers, most of them being Mughals. The influence of these rulers can be seen vividly in the architecture of the city. It is in areas in Old Delhi where Muslims are in majority. Although there are many mosques and dargahs all around Delhi, the most revered place of worship is Jama Masjid, one of the oldest masjids in the country.
Sikhism was founded by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who is the revered guru of Sikhs. It is one of the main religions in Delhi. Sikhism advocates brotherhood and harmony and promotes the concept of a single God. It also rejects idol worship and caste system.
One can find Buddhists too in Delhi, but their number is minuscule.
Jainism is another religion adequately represented in Delhi. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is not only one of the oldest Jain shrines in Delhi, it is also the most revered one.
Christianity, the largest religion in the world is also one of the main religions in New Delhi, though in minority. Other minority religions in Delhi comprise Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Baha’i Faith. Some of the prominent churches in Delhi include the Church of North India, Roman Catholic Archdiocese, the Central Baptist Church and the St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral in Hauz Khas.
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