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Chhatarpur Temple

History

Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir, popularly known as the Chhatarpur Temple, is the second largest temple complex in India, dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. The temple is situated in Chhatarpur on the south-western outskirts of New Delhi.

Chhatarpur Temple was constructed in the year 1974, by Baba Sant Nagpalji. Following his death in 1988, his samadhi shrine lies in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir within the temple premises. Built entirely out of marble, it is characterised by ‘jaali’ work on all its facets.

The entire temple complex is spread over 60 acres, and houses over 20 small and large temples divided in three different complexes. Also present inside the main temple is a shrine of the Goddess Durga, which opens only during the bi-annual Navratri season, and is accordingly thronged by thousands of devotees. A nearby room has been adopted as a living room, complete with tables and chairs made in silver, and another as the ‘Shayan Kaksha’ or the bed room, where a bed, dressing table and table are carved in silver.

The entrance of the main temple is guarded by an old tree, where devotees tie a holy thread for the fulfilment of their wishes. Another shrine of Goddess Durga lies above the shrines dedicated to Radja-Krishna, and Lord Ganesh. There are also temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva within the Chhatarpur Temple complex. The temples have been built in both South and North Indian style of temple architecture.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Chhatarpur Temple is between the months of October and March.

Trivia

Prior to the construction of the Akshardham Temple in 2005 in Delhi, Chhatrapur Temple was the biggest temple in India and second largest in the world.

Timing

The temple is open at all times.


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