May 16, 2012

Gauri Shankar Temple - Delhi

Site Name: Gauri Shankar Temple
Site Type: religious, Hindu temple
Location:  Chandni Chowk, Delhi, India
Highlights: An important Hindu temple of Delhi city

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Delhi, the capital city of India, has a lot of tourist sites. However, unlike other Indian cities where there are many temples or religious sites, Delhi has a lot of heritage sites and tombs as the places of interest. Gauri Shankar temple is one of very few relgiously important tourist sites located in Delhi city.

Gauri Shankar temple is located in the Chandni Chowk area, opposite to the most popular landmark of Delhi, Red Fort. This popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is believed to have been built by a Maratha General named Appa Gangadhar in 1761 AD.

The main shrine of the temple houses a big Shiv Linga idol encircled by snakes. The statues of Lord Shiva (Shankar) and his wife Gauri are found behind the Shiv Linga in the same shrine. The temple also has a shrine for Lakshmi Narayan. The idols of Vinayak, Vishnu, Durga, Ram, Hanuman, Radha Krishna, Ranganath, Saraswati, Ganga, Yamuna, Bhairav and Gayatri are also found in this temple.

There is a popular legned associated to this temple. As per that, the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb ordered that the temple bells would not be rung. From that day onwards to the next three days, he kept hearing the sound of ringing bells in his ears. At last, he had to take back his order.

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