Delhi is considered to be the house of architectural marvels belonging to different eras which are visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year. One of such temple that depicts the beauty and grandeur of Indian architectural style is the Chattarpur Temple.
Location: Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Chattarpur, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 06:00 am to 10:00 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur Metro Station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Chhatarpur Mandir Bus Stand
Who is the temple dedicated to?
Sree Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peeth, more popularly known as the Chattarpur Temple is dedicated to one of the forms of Goddess Durga, Goddess Katyayani. Goddess Katyayani is the sixth avatar of Goddess Durga and is also known as Mahisasuramardini as she had defeated the rakshasa Mahishasur.
When was the temple established?
The temple was established in South Delhi in 1974 by a saint named Nagpal Ji who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga. He died in 1998 and his samadhi is within the temple complex in the Shiv Gauri Nageshwar temple. The temple complex is the second largest temple complex, second only to the Akshardham temple.
What is the structure of the temple?
The Chattarpur temple is the second largest temple complex with an area of around 60 acres. The complete temple complex has been categorised in three separate complexes which houses around 20 temples of different sizes and dedicated to different gods and goddesses. The temple has been constructed completely with marble and in Vesara style of architecture that can be considered as a mixture of South and North Indian architectural styles.
Which Gods and Goddesses are worshipped here?
As the name suggests, the main shrine in this temple is of Goddess Katyayani, but the temple complex contains smaller shrines of many other gods and goddesses like Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Mahishasurmardini, Goddess Ashtabhuja etc. There is also a huge statue of Lord Hanuman that is considered to be one of the most impressive thing in the temple complex.
A side shrine of Goddess Katyayani is present in the temple that opens only twice a year during the festival of Navratras. Two rooms have been decorated as living room and bed room of the goddess with tables, chairs and bed made of pure silver. There is a tree at the entrance of the temple on which people tie threads or bangles in a hope that their wishes will come true if they do so.
Why should you visit the temple?
The Chattarpur Temple is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Delhi and houses small and large shrines dedicated to many deities. There is also a museum dedicated to the creator of the temple, Baba Nagpal Ji. His house has been converted to a museum which includes the items that he used in his lifetime. The temple does not restrict entry to anyone. People from all religion and caste are allowed to enter the temple and receive blessings from the goddess.
What rituals and festivals are celebrated in Chattarpur temple?
The daily rituals that are performed here are the morning aarti and the evening aarti that are performed here with complete devotion. Other festivals that are celebrated in the temple are Navratri(twice a year), Mahashivratri, Janmashtami, Guru Purnima, Baba Nagpal Ji’s birthday and the day on which he left the world.
Chattarpur temple is a must visit for those people who are interested in Indian architecture and believe in God. The beauty of the temple will leave you awestruck.