-- the capital of India,
reflects the cultural diversity and religious unity of India. It is
difficult to define the culture and religion of India. As there is a
continuous inflow of people from all parts of India, the cultural diversity
is very prominent. Being an ancient city Delhi has the shadows of its past.
It is said that the Delhi is losing its charm but still the glory of the
past looms large its life-style. Delhi might be changing with time it has
always done so but it has never shelved the past. There are discos for
youngsters to swing their body through out the night, but still the
Quwallies at the Nizamuddin Shrine floats in the air, the silence of the
night is broken by the Prabhat ferries and the singing of Gurbani (the
verses from the Granth Sahaib), the bells in the temples still tells about
God being every where, the Sunday masses in Churches still attract the
otherwise busy residents of India. People take a break from the hurried life
during the ancient fairs and festivals like 'Phoolwalo-Ki-Sair which are
still oraganised in traditional way.
Delhi shares its borders with
Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, which influence the
life-styles and language of the people. Migrations from various parts of
India has led to pockets of has diverse culture coming together in various
parts of Delhi. For example, R.K. Puram has a concentration of South
Indians, while C.R. Park has a concentration of Bengalies. Delhi celebrates
Durga Puja is celebrated with same enthusiasm as Id is celebrated. The Guru
Purab and Christmas carry the same colour as Dewali or Buddha Purnima. The
amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, religions has painted Delhi in
colour which are brought from all over India.
The Jama Mazjid of
the walled city is an excellent example of Indo-Persian art, whereas the
Birla Temple and the Chattarpur Temple complex are considered as a blend of
the North and South Indian architectural styles. Gurdwara Raquab Ganj,
Sheesh Ganj and Bangla Sahib stand tall for Sikhism, whereas St. Thomas and
St. Columbus toll their bells for Christians. The Bahai Lotus temple has
introduced the Bahai way of worship in Delhi. Not to forget the ancient
religions of Jainism and Buddhism whose genesis is in India. The monastery
near the Interstate bus terminus is hub of Tibetan culture in India. Not
only for the Monastery but the place has acquired fame as shopping mall.
Though 'Parsies' reside mainly in western India, Delhi opens its arms for
one and all.
Even though Hindus form the majority, almost 85%,
India does not impose any official religion on its people. Through the ages
Delhi has accepted, adapted and moulded itself to everything from Islam,
rather from Aryan culture to Christianity. It adopted herself with the
changing faces of history. It got the destroyed many times but it has
retained the culture, heritage, religion and the tradition of its time for
the generations to come.
While visiting these architecturally
magnificent spiritual abodes, acquire prior information of the etiquettes to
be followed. Taking off shoes and other leather articles and even covering
the head and body in the sanatorium might be mandatory at such places. Avoid
hugging and holding hands at these places.