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Jantar Mantar - The Ancient Astronomical Yantra Mandir

Surrounded by Delhi's commercial, political and administrative landmarks, the Jantar Mantar is an astronomical wonder dating from ,the 18th century. This observatory was masterminded by Maharaja Jai Singh IIof jaipur(1699-1743), under orders from Mughal Muhammad Shah around 1724.

Jantar Mantar built entirely of red brick and rubble, ansd is inscribed with scale markings in order to take readings. Jai Singh, it is delieved, studied all known astronomical observations of ancient times, before the designing of the Jantar Mantar, along with similar structures at Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura.

The Jantar Mantar observatory comprises six instruments, of which the largest is the Samrat Yantra. Also called the "King Of Instruments", this gigantic sundial consists of an inclined wall parallel to the earth's axis, flanked by two semi-circular quadrant. To its left is the Shasthamasa Yantra, consisting of a large graduated arc.
Further South is the Jai Prakash Yantra, &quo…

Lotus Temple - The Symbol of Peace

Delhi has been an imperial capital for the most part of the thousand years. Successive rulers bestowed on the city a variety of monuments. These nwere either the houses of gods or the houses of the kings. Every monument was shaped, often literally, by the character, choices and constraints of the ruler. each of these brought completely new features to the landscape of the Indian architecture.

Lotus Temple is one amongst the most famous places in delhi.Lotus Temple is also Konown as Baha'i Temple in Delhi is often compared to the Sydney Opera House.Lotus Temple has emerged as a top attraction for the tourists. Lotus Temple also known as the Baha'i Temple.

Baha'i Temple is a major feature of Delhi and is well known for its appearance. There is no doubt that in years to come the temple will prove to be a mecca for the visitors. Baha'ism is considered to be a syncretism of the nine great religions of the world and traces its genesis to its prophet Baha'ullah, born in Pe…

Common Wealth Closing Ceremony.

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.The most controversial Commonwealth Games in history - marked by oppressive security and low spectator turnout - came to a close today without any major glitches as India celebrated the finale with an extravagant cultural show.

The event was first held in 1930 under the title of the British Empire Games in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event was renamed as the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, the British Commonwealth Games in 1970, and gained its current title in 1978.

Only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia has been the highest achieving team for eleven games, England for seven and Canada for one. There are currently 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, and 71 teams participate in the Games. The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and N…

Dargah of Hazrat Nizamiddin Auliya- The Spiritual Path


Parsi Anjuman Complex- Spiritual Path

Although Delhi's Parsi Community is rather miniscule, the Parsi community has had a long association with northern India,dating back at least to the time of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who invited Dastur Meherjirana of navsario to his capital at Fatehpur Sikri to deliberate on religious matters.

The Delhi Parsi Anjuman was founded in 1925, and the present complex, which were built in the 1950s and 1960s, houses the Kaikhursu Palonji Katrak Dar-e-Meher, or the Fire Temple, as well as a community hall and living quarters for visiting Parsi.

The Dar-e-Mahar is a simple building with doric columns at the entrance and representations of flaming torches. Non-Parsis are not allowed inside. Parsi Anjuman Complex is situated at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, near new Delhi Gate.

Birla Mandir and Kali Bari Mandir- Spiritual Path

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir popularly known as the Birla Mandir. The Lakshmi Narayan Mandir was funded by the well known industrialist Mr. B D Birla and designed by Siris Chatterjee. Built in 1938, it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.
The temple is dedicated to Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth, and Narayan, the Preserver, It also houses idols of Shiva and Durga. An important feature is the symbolic structure at the entrance that welcomes people of all faiths and classes.

Birla Mandir is located on Mandir Marg, Opening timings of Birla mandir are 4.15am to 9.00pm aarti Timings are 6.00a.m. daily and 6.45p.m. daily Main Festival in Birla Mandir is Janmashtami. Just next to Birla Mandir there situated a Kali Bari Mandir, but dwarfed completely by it.

Bangla Sahib- Spiritual Way

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the place where Guru Har Kishan, the eighth guru of the Sikh faith. lived when he visited Delhi in 1664. He was invited to Delhi as a guest of Mirza Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur and lived in his 'Bangla' or 'Palace', which was built on the model of the palace of Jai Singh in Jaipur.

Before his announcement as Guru of the Sikh community at the tender age oh six, there was a dispute wherein his elderbrother Ram Rai claimed the guruship, but was denied it when the matter came up for arbitration to the Mughal Emporar Aurangzeb, as Ram Rai was the son of a handmaid.

It is said this said to have cured at while Guru Har Kishan was in Delhi there was