Delhi Chhatarpur Temple
The Chhatarpur Temple is also known as Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir. The name is derived from the locality where it is situtated i.e. Chhatarpur in the South Delhi. It is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. The temple is merely 4km from Qutub Minar on the road connecting Mehrauli to Gurgaon.
It was known as the largest temple complex in India and second biggest in the world before Akshardham Mandir of Delhi replaced it in 2005. The temple has perforated stone work or the jali work on every facet and is completely made up of marble. The temple shows a magnificent mix of north and south Indian architecture.
The temple was constructed by Baba Sant Nagpal ji in 1974 who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga. He died in 1998 and the Samadhi shrine of Baba Sant Nagpal ji is located in the Shiv Gauri Nageshwar Mandir in the temple complex.
How to Reach
The temple is very near to the New Delhi railway station which has trains coming from all the quarters of the country.
It is well connected via metro rail service as it is close to Chhatarpur Metro Station which lies on the yellow line of metro.
The temple is 11 km from Interstate Bus Terminus Nizamuddin and can be accessed from Gugaon as well.
Indira Gandhi Airport is closest to the temple which is also an international airport.
Significance of The Temple
Inside the temple complex , a huge strucutue has been established where food is served to people for free. This is known as organizing a Bhandara and is organized every day. The temple is famous for its 24 hours nonstop religious prayers which are held within the temple complex.
There is one ancient tree on the main entrance that is completely draped with holy threads. Bangles and threads are tied onto this tree by devotees as it is believed this will fulfill their wishes.
Weather and Time to Visit
The best time to visit this temple is during Navratri Festival which is celebrated for a period of nine days twice a year. The Navratri festival fall in spring and autumn when the weather in pleasant and not extreme like in Summers and Winters.
The temple is situated in South Delhi. Thus, there are abundant options of accommodation for people belonging to all walks of life and coming from any quarter of the world.
Tips For Devotees
The crowd of devotees is huge in this temple and thus the devotees are advised to be cautious and careful. The entrance is free of cost and the temple remains open for all the seven days of the week. It is mandatory for devotees to wash their hands and feet before entering the temple complex.