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Religion of Delhi, India

About Delhi - Saturday, October 23, 2010 5:53:35 AM

Delhi Waking up to the calls of Namaz in the mosques, the Gurbani in the Gurudwaras and the chantings in the temples, which are accentuated by frequent ringing of the bell, provide the ideal mantra for beginning a day.

India is known for its cultural diversity, which is truly reposited in the capital city of Delhi. It is difficult to define the religion of Delhi. As there is a continuous inflow of people from all parts of India, the cultural diversity is very prominent. The heterogeneity in Delhi religion is probably because of the mass migration into the territories from other Indian regions. Delhi is a secular state and people of Delhi believe in equality of all religions irrespective of caste, creed and color. Delhi has a mix of different religions with Hinduism is the dominating religion. There are a large number of religions that are practiced in New Delhi, the capital of India. Infact, one can say that there is hardly any religion of India that does not find a presence in the capital city. Religion includes Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and Christianity.

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world is present in majority in Delhi. There are 33 million Gods and Goddess in the Hindu religion. However, all these are considered as manifestations of one supreme god. There are so many Hindu temples in the city that it is almost impossible to know their exact number.


Majority of the Muslims of Delhi reside in the Old Delhi area like Chandni Chowk, Daryaganj, etc. The city also boasts of one of the most revered mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Apart from that, there are a large number of mosques and dargahs scattered through the city.

Sikhism consists of one of the major Delhi religions founded by Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This religion preaches a single God and the brotherhood of humanity.

One can also find the followers of Lord Buddha in the capital city of India, though their number is not very large.

Jainism also finds a presence in Delhi which is one of the oldest religions. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is one of the most famous Jain temples in Delhi.


Christianity is also practiced in Delhi.

Apart from these, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Baha'i Faith are also present in Delhi, though in a minority.
If we see at the Indian calendar it has many festivals that brighten up life at regular intervals.  Holi the festival of colors, Diwali the festival of lights, and Dussehra the celebration of good over evil are all celebrated with gusto in India’s capital.  Besides these, the birthdays of Guru Nanak, Lohri, Eid ul-Fitr, Maha Shivaratri, Eid ul-Adha, and Buddha Jayanti are also celebrated with faith and fervour all over the country and especially enthusiastically in New Delhi.

Delhi Religious Monuments:

Some of the most important Delhi religious monuments of different religions are:-
The Central Baptist Church
• Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
• Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib
• Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib
• Jama Masjid Delhi
• Nizamuddin Dargah
• Digambara Jain Lal Mandir
• Atma Vallabha Sanskriti mandir
• Akshardham
• Hanuman Temple, Connaught Circus
• Kalkaji
• Laxminarayan Temple
• Nili Chatri
• Uttara Swami Malai Temple

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