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Delhi Temple Tour


Destinations covered : Birla Mandir, Akshardham Mandir, Temple,Chhatarpur Mandir,Iskon Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Lotus Temple,Swaminarayan Mandir

Duration : 1 day

Schedule of the tour :

The Lotus Temple

The oneness of all religious beliefs has been demonstrated in the Lotus Temple. Fariborz Sahba, an Iranian born Canadian architect is responsible for building this beautiful temple. The temple was completed in 1986.

The Lotus Temple is the religious place of worship for the Bahá'í Faith, which talks about oneness of souls of mankind. The lotus is regarded as the sign of purity across India and it is known for symbolizing number 9, which according to Bahá'í Faith is the highest number for depicting unity.

The entire construction of the temple has been performed to corroborate the Bahá'í Faith and for that reason no idol has been placed inside the temple.

Nine pools were constructed surrounding the temple on elevated platforms to give the temple a more picturesque look. When observed from a close distance, the temple may look like a giant work of origami. The central hall of worship contains copies of Holy Books and pews. The adjoining areas are so quiet that even a whisper gets echoed through the hall.

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir is one of the famous tourist destinations in Delhi. The temple was constructed by prominent Indian industrialist Mr. G. D. Birla in 1938. It is also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple as it is consecrated to the Goddess of wealth. The temple is surrounded by manicured gardens which have contributed towards enhancing its beauty.

The architecture of the temple has got the influence of Nagara style with a modern touch to it. The walls are adorned with sculptures of Indian mythological tales. The idol of the temple was carved by a team of 101 pundits led by Acharya Vishvanath Shastri, who was brought specially from Banaras (Varanasi) to perform this auspicious ritual.     

The tallest turret or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple stands 160 feet tall at the backdrop of the blue sky.  The temple faces eastward as per Hindu astrological specifications. The main hall of the shrine is dedicated to Lord Narayana and His wife, Goddess Lakshmi.  The other chambers feature idols of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, The Holy Vedas, Lord Ganesha and Lord Buddha.  The idols were sculpted from white marble, brought specially from Jaipur.

The artificial landscape that surrounds the temple contains mountains and waterfalls which turn the temple into a popular landmark.

Hanuman Mandir

The original mandir was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh and it is contemporary to Jantar Mantar. Since then extensive reconstruction plans have been undertaken to restore the temple to its old glory.

Although the ‘mandir’ has only limited architectural significance, large number of devotees gathers at the temple to offer pujas on every Tuesday which is the day to pay homage to Lord Hanumana.  

The temple is also a favorite place for socializing and many vendors sell their merchandises from the makeshift stalls near the entrance of the temple. You will find colorful bangles, jewelries and items needed for pujas. You can also get henna done on your hands.  

ISKCON Temple

The temple was built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which is dedicated to create awareness about the messages of Bhagavad Gita. ISKCON was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a prominent leader of the Hare Krishna movement.

It is among the forty temples that are constructed by ISKCON and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The ISKCON temple of Delhi is located on a hilly area and has one of the biggest temple compounds. 

In the premises of ISKON temple the central attraction is a Robot which preaches and recites from Bhagavad Gita - the holy scripture of the Hindus.

The temple is one of the most significant examples of architectural acumen of Indian artisans. The tallest ‘Shikhara’ of the temple stands at a staggering height of 90 feet. The entrance is adorned with two guards from 'Vaikunth' which is the residence of Lord Krishna as per Hindu mythologies.

The hall is centrally air-conditioned and decorated with some beautiful paintings by Russian painters of Hindu Gods such as Radha and Krishna, Ram and Laxman, Sita, Lord Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Chattarpur Mandir

The Chattarpur Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is one of the most famous temples in Delhi. The temple boasts modern architecture amd marbles stone is used in the construction. The architecture of the temple has been influenced by both North Indian and South Indian architectural style.

During Durga Puja and Navratri, the two main festivals of the Hindus, the temple attracts devotees from different parts of the country and world. One can also offer prayers to other Gods like Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha residing at the other shrines in the expansive courtyard of the temple.  

The temple is located at a short distance from Qutub Minar and offers a serene ambience for worshipping.

As is the popular faith, people tie threads at the Holy tree that is situated within the temple premises and pray for their wishes come true.  Devotees can also listen to sermon sessions organized at the temple.

Akshardham Temple

The Akshardham Temple is the newest jewel in the crown of Delhi that has one of the longest lists of tourist attractions in the country. The temple is famous for its size and covers an area of 100 acres. It lies at a picturesque location on the bank of River Yamuna.

Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) patronizes the temple.  The entire temple was made using pink sandstone and marble brought from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Around 12,000 tons of sandstone were used in building the temple. The walls are adorned with sculptures of Indian flora and fauna, dancers, musicians and Hindu Gods. The temple has a size of a palace and is decorated with carved pavilions, well maintained lawns, and water fountains. An 11 feet tall image of Swaminarayan is located at the center of the main temple building.

The temple is listed as one of the wonders of modern India for its huge size. Within its complex, it houses two exhibition halls showcasing an elaborate display of Indian culture and heritage. The temple compound also contains an IMAX cinema, a food court, and meditation gardens.   

The meditation gardens are decorated with bronze statues and fountains.

Terms and conditions to remember :

  • The guests are free to select any four temples from the above mentioned list.

  • The whole day sightseeing trip will begin as early as 9:30 am in the morning and ends at 5:30 pm in the evening.

  • Tour of Akshardham Temple will take four hours to complete.

Cost of the package :  Cost has been decided at INR 2000 per guest.

  • The rate includes pickup services from Central and South Delhi Hotels.
  • Guests will have to bear extra cost for arranging pickups from their East and West Delhi and NCR Hotels.  However, Gurgaon is not covered in the list.

Services covered by the package :

  • You will be picked up from your hotel and also get dropped at the end of the tour

  • You will be provided with a guide, who is proficient in English during the sightseeing trip

  • Sightseeing trip will be conducted on an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Sightseeing will cover all the chosen itineraries

  • Parking charges and toll taxes are included in the package

Services excluded in the package :

  • Lunch and meals at the mentioned locations

  • Expenses on tips, laundry, liquor and phone calls

  • Tickets and entrance fees at the temples

Last updated on : Nov 16, 2011.

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