IN OLD AND (NEW) DELHI - FEBRUARY 2008
Delhi is the second largest city in India with more than eleven million inhabitants; just one million more than the whole Portugal... With so many people around, it has lots of temples. The most impressive Hindu temple is the Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex. Since you are not allowed to take pictures in there (even my cell phone had to be returned to the car before entering), you'll have to refer to Wikipedia to have some views of the magnificent building. And even so, mostly from outside only! Or you buy the souvenir book... From some other worship places, we managed to get a few pictures...
"JAAMA MASJID - The Masjid-i Jahan-Namaa, built from 1650 through 1656 by five thousand workers for Emperor Shah Jahan, is the most important mosque of Old Delhi and allegedly the largest mosque in Asia. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers"
"SRI DIGAMBAR JAIN LA - Just in front of the Red Fort"
"GURDWARA SIS GANJ - Built on the site where the Mughals beheaded Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in 1675, it commemorates his martyrdom. According to the legend, Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded by Mughal emperor, Auranzeb, as he refused to convert to Islam. On his death, no one dared to pick up his body. Suddenly, sky became clouded, followed by a heavy downpour. Then, two of his disciples fled with his head and body. One can still see the trunk of the tree under which the Guru was martyred"
"GANESH is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon, widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles or as Lord of Beginnings"
"ISKCON - Also known as the «Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple», is dedicated to Lord Krishna and was built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult followers in 1998"
"LOTUS TEMPLE - Built between 1980 and 1986, it's the last of seven major Bahai temples build all over the world and the only Bahai Temple of Worship in Asia. The Temple has a Prayers Hall for Meditation for Faiths of all Religions"
"BIRLA MANDIR - Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, it was built in 1938 by B.D.Birla and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes in particular untouchables would be allowed in. The temple enshrines almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon, headed by Narayan (Vishnu, the preserver in Hindu trinity) and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and good fortune"