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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous religious sites in Hyderabad?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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From the Chalukya dynasty to the Nizams and the British, Hyderabad has come a long way to its present metropolitan status. Each of these rulers have left behind traces of its existence touching all parts of Hyderabadi culture, including religious sites. Walk down these sites and relive the spirituality of Hyderabad’s history through its walls, bells and aisle.

  • Mecca Masjid

    As your eyes follow the pigeons feeding on the long staircase to its flight to the minarets of the mosque, you will see that the spires touching the blue sky seem to bow down in reverence to the holiness that surrounds the oldest and biggest mosque in Hyderabad. A special place for the Muslim population, the central arch of the mosque was constructed using bricks made from the soil brought from Mecca by the then ruler Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Apart from its religious and historical significance, the architectural splendour of this mosque never fails to take tourists to a journey of beauty hidden in it. Examples can be cited of the cornices around the entire mosque and the floral motifs and friezes.
  • Birla Mandir

    Dedicated to the supreme incarnation of
    Lord Vishnu in Kali Yug, Lord Venkateshwara, this temple’s marvelous beauty will leave you awestruck as does the legend associated with its god. A blend of various types of architecture, this temple is made of pure white Rajasthani marble. The idol of Lord Venkateshwara is 11 feet tall and a carved out lotus canopy above it adds to the surreal feel of the temple. Apart from this deity, Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Saibaba are also worshipped in this temple. Best viewed at sunset or at night when the white marbles are lit up, this temple illuminates with purity and calmness. One can also have a panoramic sight of the city from this temple which is built on a hillock.
  • St.Joseph’s Cathedral

    Climb the stairs leading to the door of the cathedral and you will seem to have all the energy to climb again and again. The beauty of the cathedral combines with the antiquity of the building to cover you up in a blanket of holy aura that seems to give an invisible energy. The main attraction of this cathedral are the bells from Italy, huge and they produce different tunes to play many hymns. As you walk inside the church, you will find a replica of the
    Pieta. The image of Virgin Mary holding a crucified Christ on her lap is enough to trigger you to remember the times of Christ. Carved marble altars and marble statues of Mary and St Anthony, antique European oil painting of the Blessed Mother and Christ Child- these are some of the artifacts gifted by the one of the Nizams to the church.

Mosques, temples and churches- someone rightly said that religious tolerance is the best example of peace and harmony. Hyderabad proves it all by embracing all these houses of god with equal respect and love.

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