Timings : 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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. Besides the presiding deity, the complex has smaller chambers dedicated to idols of different gods including Maa Mahishasurmardini, Ram-Darbar, Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvati, Laxmiji, Ganeshji, Hanumanji etc. The highlight of the mandir is the opulent ‘Shayya Kaksh’ which is the resting room for Goddess Katyayani; the room houses a bed and dressing table made of silver.
Sprawling over a vast area of approximately 70 acres, the temple is plonked by thousands of deities every day. A sacred tree in the compound is also a revered site of worship. People tie a thread around it and make a wish; it is believed that the tree has supernatural powers and wishes made with faith, fervour and a religious temperament do come true. Navratri is the major festival at the temple and is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm; the management also provides langar food to over a lac devotees during the occasion.
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