15 Most Prominent Religious Places of Lucknow
Known for its Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb, Lucknow is a city where citizens irrespective of their religious beliefs dwell in harmony. One of the most ancient cities of India, Lucknow is a land of various religious places.
Here we list for you 15 most prominent religious places of Lucknow, that comes with a sublime tale of divinity and pious congregations.
1. Chandrika Devi Temple
Chandrika Devi Temple is one of the most ancient temples in Lucknow and finds its mention in holy scriptures of Skand and Karma Puran. Situated on the bank of river Gomti at NH24 (Lucknow-Sitapur road), the temple is nearly 28 km away from the main city. The temple witness huge gathering during Navratri and Amavasya. The serene locales of the temple make the experience all the more divine.
2. Khamman Peer Dargah
Situated within the premises of Charbagh Railway Station, Khamman Peer Dargah is believed to be in existence from past 900 years. Every Thursday multitude of devotees, regardless of their religious beliefs visit the shrine to make wishes and seek blessings for the same. The Dargah that boasts of splendid architecture cannot be reached without crossing the mesh of railway lines. The dargah also holds four days ‘Urs’ or annual festival in the honor of Peer Baba.
3. St. Joseph Cathedral Church
Built in 19th century by an Irish priest, Rev. Fr. William Gleeson, the St. Joseph Cathedral Church is one of most splendid churches in Lucknow. Situated at the busy streets of Hazratganj the church allures everyone with its architectural magnificence. A tall statue of Lord Jesus, with open arms welcomes you as you enter the church’s premises followed by grand steps that leads to the door of the church. Besides, the church also houses a school.
4. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid in Lucknow was constructed by Sultan Ahmed Shah, in the year 1423. Built entirely with yellow sandstone the masjid is one of most beautiful mosque in India. Located in the heart of the city, the mosque has an influence of Hindu and Jain architecture. Standing upright on 260 pillars supporting 15 arch domes, the mosque is no less than an architectural splendor. The mosque has a vast courtyard and also houses the tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah on the eastern side of the entrance.
5. Aliganj Hanuman Temple
Situated at Aliganj this Lord Hanumana temple was built in the year 1783 AD by Lala Jatmal. The temple is the pioneer of Bada Mangal festival which is now a celebrated event of Lucknow. The temple also has a silver crescent moon, an emblem of Awadh Empire placed at top of its dome. The moon was donated as a token of good faith by the queen of Awadh, as her prayers were answered by Lord Hanumana. Thus, the Nawabs also had great faith on Hanumana and hence patronized the Bada Mangal event. The temple signifies Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in Lucknow.
6. Yahiyaganj Gurudwara
Gurudwara Saheb Yahiyaganj is the most prominent place of worship for Sikh community in Lucknow. It is said that in the year 1670 while returning from Patna sahib, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib visited Lucknow and stayed for 3 at this place. Thus, a gurudwara was constructed in the remembrance of his visit. Also, in the year 1672, Guru Gobind Singh ji came to Lucknow when he was 6 years old and stayed here for 2 months, making this gurudwara at Yahiyaganj a pious destination.
7. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple (Hanuman Setu)
One of the most renowned temples of Lucknow, the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple was built by the reverend Neeb Karoli Baba at the bank of river Gomti. It was when flood swept away the temple and surrounding, the only remains was Lord Hanumana’s idol. The government reconstructed the temple in the bank of Gomti. The ashram that includes Neeb Karoli Baba’s statues and that of lord Hanumana, performs service of distributing ‘Prasad’ every day and organizes grand ‘Bhandaras’ on special occasions.
8. Teele Wali Masjid
Situated at the bank of Gomti river near the Pakka Pul or Lal Pul, the Teele Wali Masjid is a place of great religious importance for Muslims. The mosque stands on a mound or teela, and hence called ‘Teele Wali Masjid’ which means Mosque on the mound. The masjid is said to be built by Fidaye Khan Koka, the governor in the reign of Aurangzeb. The first ever namaz offered at this mosque was that of ‘Alvida’, and since then the mosque attracts several pilgrims not only from Lucknow but the neighboring areas on the occasion of Namaaz-e-Alvida (the last Friday of the Holy month of Ramzan).
9. Christ Church
Buit in the year 1810, Christ Church boasts of being the first English church In Northern India and the third in the country. Designed by General Hutchinson, the church was originally called ‘The Church of England’. Situated near G.P.O in Hazratganj, the church witnessed massive massacre in the mutiny of 1857. This led to the garden of the church convert into a cemetery. Built in Gothic style with twenty steeples, the church is certainly an architectural marvel.
10. Sri Ramakrishna Math
With an aim to propagate the teachings of Swami Vivekanand and serve humanity, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission came into existence. The temple has idols of Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. It also consists of figures like conch shell, disc, lotus, drum and swans carved on the walls. The math is the most ideal place to meditate and participate in the development of cultural, spiritual and devout activities.
11. Sheetla Devi Temple
One of the most ancient Devi temples in Lucknow, Sheetla Devi Temple is situated in Mehadiganj Mohalla, near Rajajipuram. The temple was destroyed by intruders and was reconstructed by the then Deewan of Nawab, Raja Tikait Rai. The temple also has a large pond called ‘Tikait Rai ka Talab’, after Deewna Sahab’s name. The temple also host the popular annual fair ‘Aathon Ka Mela’ during Holi, which attracts host of pilgrims.
12. Lucknow Ka Nadwa
Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama also known as Lucknow Ka Nadwa is an Islamic institution in Lucknow. The institution was formed by a group (nadwa) of scholars and attracts a large number of Muslims from all over the world. There is mosque situated in the premises of the institution where scholars from India and abroad as well as common public offers Namaz. The aim behind formation of the institute is to give Arabic, a central place in its system of education and reach a middle path between classical Islam and modernity.
13. Kali Bari Temple
Established by Bengali Community that came from Bengal nearly 150 years ago, the Kali Bari Temple is one of the oldest religious institutions of lucknow. Situated at Ghasyari Mandi, the temple is part of the trust that was formed to nurture Bengali Culture and impart education. The idol of goddess Kali is seen in sitting position on the chest of ‘Bhairav while her foot tramples Shiva. The temple witness great congregation during Navratri and Kaali Puja.
14. Deva Sharif Dargah
Located in the outskirts of Lucknow, Deva Sharif Dargah is an epitome of unity in cultural diversity of India. The shrine of sufi saint Haji Waris Ali is a place visited by huge number of pilgrims irrespective of their religious beliefs. Both Hindus and Muslims have great faith on saint Haji Waris Ali and offer colourful chadars and flowers to the Deva Sharif Dargah.
15. Mankameshwar Temple
A 1000 years old shrine located near Daliganj bridge, Mankameshwar Temple is the most famous Lord Shiva’s temple in Lucknow. It is believed that if you ask for a wish at this temple, Lord Shivva will certainly answer your prayer. The temples witness throng of devotees on ‘Shivratri’. The temple is also known to appoint Arunima Singh also known as Mahant Devaigya Puri as the first ever female mahant or chief priest in the city.