An Overview of Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in Southern India, is located on the banks of the Musi River and on the Deccan Plateau. Hyderabad and Secunderabad are “twin cities” near Hussain Sagar Lake (also known as Tank Bund in local parlance), but both cities have grown so much that now they have become one big metropolis. The city and district of Hyderabad are coterminous. Hyderabad district is entirely contained within the Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh. Many of the suburbs of Hyderabad were recently merged into the city, now called Greater Hyderabad.

In many senses, Hyderabad is the meeting ground between North and South India. The city has a culture that is distinct from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, showing Islamic influences and a courtly presence imparted from its period as the capital of the Nizamate. This is more evident in the old city. The new city resembles many provincial state capitals in India. Secunderabad is more cosmopolitan, as the Cantonment area is located in this part of the city.

Due to a recent influx of young men and women from various parts of the country, Hyderabad’s culture and attitudes have taken a turn towards “modernity”. However, it is good to keep in mind that the city is still a deeply conservative place and to dress appropriately, especially in the old city.

Note that people have a very indifferent attitude towards time and a very laid back attitude.

Telugu (the state language of Andhra Pradesh and one of India’s three living classical languages) and Urdu are widely spoken in Hyderabad, and most educated people speak Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and/or English. English signs are common.

The city is one of the main places where Urdu developed, and the dialect spoken primarily by the large Muslim population is known as “Deccani Urdu” or Dakhani Urdu” (which both translate to Urdu of the Deccan). Because of the influence of Urdu, a dialect of Hindi is also spoken in the city (source).

As of a 2007 record, the total population of Hyderabad was recorded to be about 6,255,256 and hence the population density of the city has been ascertained at 14,192 per square kilometer.

Religion in Hyderabad

The faith of the people in Hyderbad differ slightly from others throughout India.  In Hyderabad, 55.4% are Hindu, 41.17% are Muslim, and 2.13% are Christian. Religion is present in the city via temples, mosques, and churches. Muslims have a greater presence in Hyderabad than in most of India. They are especially present in and around Old City (source).

Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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