Awe-inspiring Chhatarpur Hindu Temple, Delhi


 Sri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, popularly known as Chhatarpur Temple is in Chhatarpur near Mehrauli - Gurgaon road, on the outskirts of Delhi.

Chhatarpur Temple,
 Main courtyard, Chhatarpur Temple
 Considered as the second  largest temple complexes in India, it is quite popular among the devotes as well as tourists coming to Delhi. 

This artistically rich, this  temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a form  of Goddess Durga. She assumes a fierce form riding a lion and holding the glorious Chandrahasa (sword) in her hand,  She is also a form of Sakthi, a saviour of the good and destroyer of the evil. She may be fierce-looking, but, in reality, she is full of grace and care and will not let down those who have trust in her.  Baba Sant Nagpal ji built the temple with care and devotion in 1974 in the capital. His samadhi  lies  within the temple complex in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir.

The temple complex is a huge one built on a land of roughly 70 acres in the prime locality. As for the temple architecture, one can see a blend  of Nagara and Dravidian styles. The main shrine of Chhatarpur Mandir  follows  Dravidian style. A fact worthy of note is that the entire complex is made of  neatly dressed marble stone   set amidst beautiful lawns and gardens. 

Within the temple complex, there are over 20 small and large temples divided in three different sections.  Goddess Katyayani is in the main garbagraha - sanctum  and is open to public bi-annually only during Navarathri and Durga Puja festivals. The small temples are dedicated to  various deities Shiva, Rama, Ganapathi, Goddess  Mahishasurmaridini, Lakshmi, and others. Nageshwar Mandir and  101 feet tall Hanuman statue are special  and attract lots of  visitors.

The Navaratri and Durga puja festivals attract a huge crowd. As in the temples of  the south, there is a special tree in this temple. It is believed, tying a thread soaked in turmeric water around the tree will positively fulfil  a devotee's wish. This temple is open from 4 am till 11 pm. 

The temple lies 4 km from Qutub Minar and 19 Km from New.