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Delhi catholic Archdiocese


The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi is a Latin Church Metropolitan archdiocese of the Catholic Church in northern India. Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the national capital city of New Delhi

  • September 13, 1910: Established as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Simla, on territory split off from the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Agra and Diocese of Lahore.
  • April 13, 1937: Renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Delhi and Simla.
  • June 4, 1959: Renamed as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Delhi, having lost territory to establish as suffragan the Diocese of Simla.


1, Ashok Place
New Delhi 110 001, India

Sacred Heart Cathedral


The history of the Archdiocese of Delhi and its Cathedral is inalienably related to the establishment of the Catholic Mission of Agra which later became the Archdiocese of Agra.

Akbar the Great ascended the throne of Mughal Empire in Agra 1556. He was a mere lad of 13 years old. Yet from the very beginning of his reign he showed extreme generosity and tolerance towards other religions. He undertook to create a State religion which had the acceptable characteristics of Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity. Thus he created Din-e-Illahi.

Akbar sent a delegation to Goa in 1578 requesting the Portuguese Viceroy to send a team of learned Catholic priests to his IbadatKhana in Fatepur-Sikri where he held learned discussions about religions. On November 17, 1579 the Viceroy and the Jesuit Provincial in Goa selected three Priests for the Court of Akbar. Inflamed with zeal for Christ and in obedience to the command of their founder Ignatius of Loyola “Ite, inflammateomnia” (Go, set all on fire), these three Jesuits set out from Goa. They travelled by primitive modes of transport and arrived in the Mughal Court at Fatehpur-Sikri near Agra on February 28, 1580. Akbar received from them a copy of the Bible with profound reverence.

Emperor Akbar added the three Jesuits to the list of learned scholars of Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism who adorned the IbadatKhana, the hall of discussion. Two of them, Rudolf Aquaviva, and Francis Henriquez were depicted in an illustration to Akbarnama by Nar Singh (1605).

Important Places

Important places to be visited in Delhi

Red Fort

The Red Fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums.


The QutbMinar, also spelled as QutubMinar, or QutabMinar, is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India.

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by MirakMirzaGhiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, Persian architects chosen by her.

India Gate

The India Gate is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway.

Jama Masjid

The Masjid-iJahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an Imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan.

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, located in Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship that was dedicated in December 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Bahá'í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification.


Akshardham or SwaminarayanAkshardham complex is a Hindu temple, and a spiritual-cultural campus in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Akshardham Temple or SwaminarayanAkshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture.

Laxminarayan Temple

The Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple up to large extent dedicated to Laxminarayan in Delhi, India. Laxminarayan usually refers to Vishnu, Preserver in the Trimurti, also known as Narayan, when he is with his consort Lakshmi

Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India.

Jantar Mantar

JantarMantar is located in the modern city of New Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The site is one of five built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1723 onwards, revising the calendar and astronomical tables.

Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

TGurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru HarKrishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the "Sarovar"

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, India. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi. Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was Raj Ghat Gate of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat to the west bank of the Yamuna River. Later the memorial area was also called Raj ghat.

Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetariums are the five planetariums in India, named after India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. These are located in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Bangalore, plus there is a Jawahar Planetarium in Prayagraj.

National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art is the premier art gallery under Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The main museum at Jaipur House in New Delhi was established on 29 March 1954 by the Government of India, with subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore.

TajMahal Mausoleum in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

The TajMahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, MumtazMahal. It also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan, the builder.