June 17, 2012

Chhatarpur Temple, Delhi

Site Name: Chhatarpur Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Chhatarpur, Delhi, India
Highlights: An important Hindu temple of Delhi city;one of the largest temple complexes in the entire nation
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

Sri Adhya Katyayani Shakti Peeth temple, located in Chhatarpur area near Qutb Minar monument in Delhi, the capital city of India, is an important Hindu temple. As this temple is located in Chhatarpur area, it is popularly called as Chhatarpur temple.

The temple was established in 1974 CE by Baba Sant Nagpalji, a Delhi based Hindu saint. The temple complex spread across 70 acres is arguably considered as the second largest Hindu temple in India. Within the complex there are multiple idols and temples located.

The temple is dedicated to Katyayani, the sixth form of Nav Durga (the nine manifestations of Durga, the mother Goddess). The main shrine is located on the first floor in a massive white marble temple. The Goddess is found with sixteen arms and seated on a lion. Apart from this shrine, there is another shrine located in a big hall where the golden idol of Katyayani is found. This shrine is not kept open everyday. It is opened only during Navaratri period everyyear.

The main temple complex also houses other small shrines such as Ganesha, Ram-Lakshman-Sita, Radha and Krishna, Gauri-Shankar and Hanuman. There is a separate temple resembling South Indian temple architecture with huge tower dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi.

The temple is surrounded by garden, dharmasala, guest houses and several mandaps. The structure is extended even in the opposite direction.

In the temple complex situated opposite to the main temple complex, there is a huge trident (trishul) found. A two storey temple with Baba's samadhi on the ground floor and a huge Shiv Linga idol named Nageswar found with the big serpent coiled is found on the first floor. There is a mandap named Ratha Griha located near Shivji temple. Also, there is a gigantic idol of Lord Hanuman found in the complex. In addition to this, the small images of various forms of mother Goddess are found in Shiva temple.

It's a Hindu temple which is not supposed to be missed if you visit Delhi!

Happy travelling.

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