Kanpur Memorial Church

Built in 1875, Kanpur Memorial Church was designed by the architect of East Bengal Railway, Walter Granville. Also famous as All Souls Cathedral, the church has been constructed in Gothic architecture. Over time, the once beautifully painted glass windows with interesting memorials have been discoloured. Located in Kanpur Cantonment on Albert Lane, the red brick Lombardic structure is flanked on one side by a cemetery which has graves of British soldiers and people who were killed during the historic siege of Cawnpore (as British called Kanpur back then). On its eastern side is a memorial garden that has a beautifully carved Gothic screen designed by Henry Yule. It can be reached through two gates and has an angel’s statue, built by sculptor Baron Carlo Marochetti, in the centre with arms crossed and holding pylons that symbolises peace.

Bithur

Located around 20 km from Kanpur, the city of Bithur, also spelt as Bithoor, is believed to be the birthplace of the sons of Lord Rama, Luv and Kush. It is also said that the epic Ramayana was composed here. Today, the city has several temples and bathing ghats that are regarded holy by the Hindus. One of the major landmarks in the city is the footmark believed to be of Lord Brahma. Legend has it that Lord Brahma created the world here. The city is also famous for a fair held every year in November on Kartik Poornima day. Bithur is also known for its association with the Independence Struggle of 1857. During the British rule, the city was a part of the district of Kanpur in the United Provinces. It was here that Baji Rao Peshwa, the chief minister of the Marathas, was banished after they were defeated. Peshwa’s adopted son, Nana Sahib, made the city his headquarters which was captured by General Havelock in 1857.

Jain Glass Temple

Located in Maheshwari Mohal behind the famous Kamla Tower, the Jain Glass Temple is visited by a large number of followers of Jainism. Adorned with intricate glass cut designs, it is an elaborately ornamented structure that boasts glass and enamel walls, doors, floors, panels, pillars and ceilings. The temple is dedicated to the disciples of Lord Mahavira and the remaining 23 Jain tirthankars (saints). The statues of the 24 Jain tirthankars stand under huge canopies built on a large platform made of marble. The wall paintings here narrate the teachings of Jain scriptures. Open between 0700 and 1900 hours every day, the Jain Glass Temple is among the most revered Jain shrines in northern India.

Sri Radha Krishna Temple

Dedicated to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, the Sri Radha Krishna Temple has been built in the neo-Hindu style of architecture. It houses five shrines, which are dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Lord Ardhnarishwar, Lord Narmadeshwar, Lord Laxminarayana and Radha-Krishna, respectively. Constructed with carved white marble, the temple is a unique confluence of ancient and modern-day architecture. Its mandapa has been built with a high roof for sufficient ventilation of air and light. Located in a triangular campus, the temple is dotted with lush plants and has three ponds on the western, northern and southern sides. The temple was built by JK Trust in 1960.