The capital city Delhi is not just famous for the monuments of historical significance, but religion is also given a lot of importance here. This fact can be proved by the number of temples that are present in the city. Kalkaji temple is one such temple that receives a large number of devotees throughout the year and has an interesting story behind its creation.
Location: Okhla Phase III, Kalkaji, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 04:00 am to 11:30 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Temple Metro Station on Violet Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Nehru Place Bus Stand
The Kalkaji temple situated in New Delhi is a Hindu temple that is dedicated to the goddess Kali – the incarnation of goddess Durga. The temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples in Delhi and its origin is said to be very ancient.
When was the temple built?
Though the temple is said to have been in existence from the Satyug, though there is no evidence proving the statement. Researches and studies have shown that the temple was built during the reign of marathas in the year 1764. The peshkar of Akbar II, Mirza Raja Kidar Nath is said to have made modifications in the temple in 1816. After that a lot of change have taken place like making of dharamshalas in the vicinity so that people coming from far off places can rest and stay here.
What is the story behind the temple’s existence?
It is believed by the people that the temple has been here since the time of kalyug when the goddess Kali had incarnated in this world in order to save humanity from a giant named Raktabija.
It is said that there were two giants were troubling the people and the gods residing in the area. They decided to meet Brahma to sort out the issue, but instead of helping them directly, he asked them to visit goddess Parvati for the same. After hearing the issue, goddess Parvati gave birth to another form of herself known by the name, Kaushiki Devi. Kaushiki Devi fought the two giants bravely, but there was an issue that she faced. As soon as the blood of the giants’ fell on the ground, a large number of giants were born from the same, which meant that it became difficult for Kaushiki Devi to fight them all together. When she seeked help of goddess Parvati, it is said that another form came out of eyebrows of goddess Kaushiki, goddess Kali who drank all the blood of the giants, resulting in the victory of the goddesses.
What is the architecture of Kalkaji Temple?
The temple is very simple in looks, but the belief and faith that people have in goddess Kali is more than enough to attract lakhs and crores of devotees all over the year. As per people’s belief, the black stone that represents goddess Kali is said to self manifested. The temple has 12 sides with entrance gates on all sides and the interior is constructed using marbles and tiles.
Why should you visit Kalkaji Temple?
Kalkaji temple is also known as Jayanti Peeth or Manokamna Siddha Peeth, literally meaning a shrine where desires come true. A lot of people visit the place for getting blessings of goddess Kali and getting their wishes fulfilled. It is also believed that the Pandavas and Lord Krishna worshipped here before and after the war of Kurukshetra.
The best time to visit the temple is during March and October, when the festival of Navratri is being celebrated here. A large number of people come here during this time and pray or meditate. Most of the devotees here are females, who come here to worship the goddess of Power and a great warrior who fought against the evil. An impressive fair is also organised at this time which not only attracts adults, but small kids.
It is best to visit the temple during the morning aarti time or the evening aarti time, before which the structure representing the goddess is bathed and hymns in her praise are sung. This ritual is performed by the priests belonging to the four main septs of the Brahmins and one of Jogis.
Also things that you need in order to offer to the goddess will be available outside the temple in small shops. They usually sell prasad, incense sticks, spiritual books and other items that a person requires to offer his/her prayers.
If you are looking for a peaceful and serene place to visit in Delhi, this is a must-visit temple as the calmness and the blessings of the goddess of power, will provide the mental and spiritual peace that everyone in this chaotic world requires.