Temples in Delhi for a Divine Pilgrimage

Temples in Delhi

The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. Delhi has famous temples scattered all across the city. While the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple (also known as the Bahai Temple), and the ISKON Temple are the most well known, Delhi's temple heritage is as diverse as its population.

Here is the list of 15 Temples in Delhi for a Divine Pilgrimage

1. Lotus Temple, Delhi

Lotus Temple, Delhi
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Located in the national capital of New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is an edifice dedicated to the Baha'i faith. The magnificent structure of this building unfolds in the form of a stupendous white petal lotus and is one of the most visited establishments in the world. The design of this shrine was conceptualized by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba and was completed in the year 1986.

2. ISKCON (Hare Krishna) Temple, Delhi

ISKCON (Hare Krishna) Temple, Delhi
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The ISKCON Temple, also known as the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, is a shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was established in the year 1998 by Achyut Kanvinde and is located in the Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi. The ISKCON temple is an exquisite construction adorned with classical stonework on the outside and pristine artwork on the inside. One of the largest temple complexes in the region, its followers believe in Srila Prabhupada.

3. Akshardham Temple Delhi, Delhi

Akshardham Temple Delhi, Delhi
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An epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, Akshardham Temple is a famous Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural complex. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, it is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.

4. Jhandewalan Hanuman Temple, Delhi

Jhandewalan Hanuman Temple, Delhi

Towering over the entire New Delhi city, the 108 feet colossal Hanuman idol is housed within the Hanuman Mandir complex in Jhandewalan. The gigantic statue is only one of the attractions of the temple, another important highlight of the shrine is the dramatic entrance designed like a mouth of a rakshasa (Demon) which apparently has been slain and is waiting for its death. At the base of the statue, there is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. Tuesdays are the most visited days of the week, by the pilgrims.

5. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir , Delhi

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir , Delhi

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the best-known and the most ancient Jain temple in Delhi. Located in the Chandni Chowk area, in the vicinity of Red Fort, the striking building is made entirely out of red sandstone. Originally built in 1658, the temple underwent major modifications and alterations in the later years. Popularly known as Lal Mandir aka ‘Red Temple’, the temple is dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara- Parshvanath.

6. Chhatarpur Mandir, Delhi

Chhatarpur Mandir, Delhi

Situated in the posh locality of South Delhi, i.e. Chhatarpur, Chhatarpur Temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga. Founded by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji in 1974, the temple is the second largest in all of India after Akshardham Temple (which is also in Delhi). Popular for its fabulous lattice screen work (jaali design), the shrine is a masterpiece of spectacular architecture which is an amalgamation of South and North Indian designs.

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7. Kalka Mandir, Delhi

Kalka Mandir, Delhi

Also known as the Kalkaji temple, this Hindu mandir is located in the southern part of Delhi. The Kalka Mandir is dedicated to goddess Kali who symbolizes power and is a destroyer of evil. Mythology believed that Kali Mata was born at the same place as where this temple currently stands. It is also believed that during the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna and the Pandavas also worshipped Kali at this very temple. The temple has its maximum visitors during the nine days of the Navratri festival, usually in the month of October.

8. Birla Mandir, Delhi

Birla Mandir, Delhi

The Birla Temple, popularly known as the Laxminarayan Temple is a temple dedicated to Laxminarayan. It is located at Connaught Place, New Delhi and was built by the Birla family, which is why it is known as the Birla temple. Built-in the early 1900s and spread over a whopping 7.5 acres, the temple houses many shrines, fountains and gardens along with sculptures and carvings
The prime God of the temple is Lord Narayan log with Goddess Laxmi, however, the temple has shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman among other Gods. 

9. Kali Bari Temple, Delhi

Kali Bari Temple, Delhi

One of the oldest Kali temples in Delhi, the Kali Bari Temple was constructed after years of demands of the Bengali population in Delhi. Located in Connaught Place, the temple is very close to the Laxminarayan Temple. An interesting fact about the temple - Subhash Chandra Bose was the first President of the Kali Bari Mandir. Durga Puja, a sacred festival for the Bengalis is celebrated very popularly here. The regular transitions and customs are followed religiously while celebrating the Durga Puja. There has been no change in the rituals of the Puja since 1936! The centre of Delhi’s oldest Durga Puja celebrations - this temple sees an upliftment in the environment between October-November every year.

10. Nili Chhatri Temple

Nili Chhatri Temple

The Nili Chhatri temple is situated at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi, on the banks of the famous Yamuna River. The 5300 years old temple is located in the market segment around the Salimgarh Fort. It is believed that the Nili Chhatri temple was built by the oldest Pandava, Yudhistir. A famous ritual Ashwamedha - a horse sacrifice followed by a Vedic recitation was said to be performed in this temple. Under the blue dome of this temple, the people worship the holy Lord Shiva. This temple is visited by people from New Delhi and outside on important days like Mahashivratri, Basant Panchami and Shravan Mass to gain salvation, wealth and well being. On these auspicious days, the devotees offer Lord Shiva Bel-Patri, milk and flowers to show respect and celebrate the importance of these days.

11. Shani Dham Temple

Shani Dham Temple

The famous Shani Dham Temple is located on Chhatarpur Road in the capital city of Delhi. In the year 2003 the tallest idol of Lord Shani, since then this temple is the most visited by pilgrims and tourists. On the day of the unveiling of the idol, Shree Shani Dham Peethadeshwar Maharaj chanted  One Hundred Crores, and Thirty Two Lakhs Shani Mantras on the sacred grove. The devotees pray to Lord Shani in order to get rid of their problems. The rituals followed at this temple usually begin by offering mustard oil to the idol while chanting mantras around it. The devotees also offer their footwear and kiss and embrace the idol. The major festivals celebrated there are the Deepavali pooja, Navratri Pooja and the special puja celebrated on the auspicious day of Shani Amavasya.

12. Yogmaya Temple, Delhi

Yogmaya Temple, Delhi

The Yogmaya Temple, also known as the Jogmaya temple, is located in Mehrauli, New Delhi. It is dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, sister of Lord Krishna. This sacred place is more than 5000 years old and has been destroyed multiple times during the Sultanate and Mughal periods. Despite attacks, the temple remains intact and sees thousands of devotees every year. The temple is also famous for its inter-faith festival, Phoolwalon-ki-sair Festival. Started in 1812, it's one of Delhi's oldest religious traditions. After being re-built in 1827, the temple remains home to Durga’s incarnation, Yogmaya and is fondly visited by hundreds of visitors every day.

13. Uttara Swami Malai Temple

Uttara Swami Malai Temple

Located on Palam Marg, New Delhi, the Uttara Swami Malai Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Swaminatha. Revered mostly by the South Indian population in the city, the construction began on 8th September, 1965. The temple is famous for its Tamil Architecture. Also known as Malai Mandir, it is the most popular south Indian temple in Delhi. Apart from the main temple, the Hindu complex also houses separate temples for the mother, father and elder brother of Lord Swaminathan. Another interesting fact about this feature is that it is constructed entirely out of Granite!

14. Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple

Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple

The beautiful temple of Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple is located in East Delhi. This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is one of the major attractions for devotees in and out of the city.  Founded on 17th May 1983, the temple is looked after by the Malayali and Tamilian communities of Delhi. The entrance of the temple has two Gopuras on either side with two separate chambers for Lord Krishna and Bhagvati. They also have smaller chambers for Shiva, Ganpati and a replica in honour of the Naga Devatas. In addition to this, the temple also has holy items, scripts and texts from the past, which make this a major tourist as well as religious attraction.

15. Kalka Mandir

 Kalka Mandir

Also known as the Kalkaji temple, this Hindu mandir is located in the southern part of Delhi. The Kalka Mandir is dedicated to goddess Kali. Iti is believed that Kali Mata was born at the same place as where the temple currently stands. It is also believed that during the Mahabharata Lord Krishna and the Pandavas also worshipped Kali at this very temple. The temple has its maximum visitors during the nine days of the Navratri festival usually in April and October. The festivities start with the devotees offering a milk bath to the idol, and then a grand tantric Aarti held in the morning and the evening. In addition to this, the pilgrims also recite hymns and prayers to celebrate this auspicious festival of Navratri.

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