February 12, 2012

Malai Mandir - Delhi

Site Name: Malai Mandir
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  R K Puram, South Delhi, the capital city of India
Highlights: An important temple in Delhi city
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi
Nearest Airport: New Delhi
How to reach: Well connected from all over India - Road, rail and air
Hotel: A lot of options - budget hotels to star hotels
Restaurants: Many options and varieties throughout the city of Delhi

Uttara Swami Malai Temple, popularly called as Malai Mandir, is an important Hindu temple in Delhi city, the capital of India. 

Malai Mandir ("malai"=hill and "mandir"=temple) was built in 1973 CE by South Indians living in Delhi city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminath (Subramanya), the son of Lord Shiva and one of the main deities for Tamils (a group of South Indians). The temple which was built mainly for the population of South Indians has become very popular among the entire population of Delhi city. Today, it remains as one of the important Hindu temples and tourist sites in Delhi city.

Malai Mandir is located in a small hillock in RK Puram locality of South Delhi. The sanctum enshrines Lord Swaminath aka Murugan aka Subramanya. He is found in the standing posture with attractive features. The shrine is located in the hilltop and can be reached by climbing multiple steps from the foothill. 

The temple also has two other important shrines. One shrine is dedicated to Lord Sundareshwar (Shiv Linga) and Meenakshi. There is another shrine dedicated to Lord Karpaga Vinayakar (Ganesha). A meditation hall named after Adi Shankara, Navagraha shrine and many small idols/shrines are also found in the huge temple complex.

The entire temple is built in the typical South Indian temple architecture style.

Apart from this big South Indian temple, there are other smaller South Indian temples too found in R.K. Puram area. Ayyappa temple at Sector 2, Venkateshwara Mandir at Sector 3 and Kamakshi Amman Temple at Aruna Asaf Ali Marg are some of the popular South Indian temples in R.K. Puram.

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