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Hyderabad as an inter-faith hub reflects the characteristics of the region, which was home to many faiths from centuries ago. From being a very important Buddhist learning centre between 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD, this region has also attracted Sufi saints from across the world. These saints received royal patronage from the kings, and they left their mark in the way the society looked at the concept of universal brotherhood. Of course, millions in Hyderabad practice the Hindu way of life as well. On this tour, we will understand the important elements of the various faiths through either shrines or more formal places of worship.
Though Hyderabad’s Hindu populace is a majority in this ancient city the Muslim community forms a very large minority and is spread throughout the city, but more so in and around old Hyderabad. The city is also home to Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsees. It is possible to follow the spiritual leanings of the city through its trail of iconic temples mosques, temples and churches.
Some of the leading Hindu Temples in the city are the Jagganath Temple, the Venkateswara Swamy Temple, the Krishna temple and the Birla temple. Amongst the most scared Islamic spots are the ancient Mecca Masjid, at the founding of which the holy soil was brought from Mecca. The serene Sufi shrine of Moula Ali; the dargah is revered for the imprint of the religious figure Hazrat Ali, Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law. Shri Adinath Jain Temple is of the Digambara order of the Jain community. Amongst the leading churches in the city are St. Joseph's Cathedral, St. Marys and St George’s. The Buddha Vihar shrine was constructed by the Maha Bodhi Charitable Society.
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