Delhi Gauri Shankar Mandir Chandni Chowk
The Gauri Shankar Mandir is dedicated to Hindu deities Shankar and His consort Gauri. Shankar is another name for Shiva and Mata Parvati is regarded as Gauri. The temple is located close Digambar Jain Lal Mandir. It is situated on the major Old Delhi Road at Chandni Chowk.
The temple possesses an ancient Shiva Lingam, which is about 800 years old. The temple was built in 1790 AD. A Maratha soldier Apa Ganga Dhara built the temple, who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. His name has been inscribed at the entrance of the temple on lower portion of a pyramidal architecture. Seth Jaipura took initiatives of renovating the temple in 1959. The temple has idols of Shiva and Parvati and their sons Karthikeya and Ganesha. The idols are adorned with gold jewelry and stand under a silver canopy. The temple is beautifully adorned with embellished silver sheets. The mandir was also decorated with precious stones and gold, which were later taken off after the Gold Control Order was passed in 20th century.
Discovery of Holy Shrine
The holy temple of Gauri Shankar was built 800 years ago. Since then, numerous Shiva devotees and Shaivists visit the temple every month. The shrine depicts a peaceful and calm environment, ideal for offering prayers to the deities with full focus.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Chandni Chowk is the Delhi International Airport (known as Indira Gandhi International Airport).
The temple is located opposite one of the most prestigious ancient Indian monument, the Red Fort. Chandni Chowk metro station is the nearest metro station.
You can traverse the distance of Chandni Chowk main area to the temple by walk or board buses or taxis.
The Shiva Lingam at Gauri Shankar temple is 8 centuries old. The idols of Hindu deities are beautifully plated with silver and gold jewelry. One who reaches there with true devotion can achieve eternal peace.
Significance of The Temple
The Hindu deity Shiva is known to be pleased by little. He is kind to His devotees and grants his prayers. Mata Parvati is depicted as Mother Nature, who is caring and kind towards Her devotees. Their son Karthikeya is god of power and war, whereas, Ganesha is god of wealth and prosperity.
Weather and Time to Visit
You can visit the temple during the Maha Shiva Ratri festival, which is held in March. The festival is grandly celebrated at this holy shrine.
- Numerous hotels are available in Chandni Chowk main area.
- There are several guest houses, nearby the temple.
Tips For Devotees
Chandni Chowk is a populous and crowdy area with frequent traffic jam. If you are not too sure about the roadways that would lead you to the temple, you should hire buses or taxis. You can travel by the metro as well. Carry food and water with you while making the journey from Chandni Chowk main area to the temple, as the crowdy roads might take long to be traversed.
Rules and Rituals of The Temple
Maha Shiva Ratri
The Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated in four halves of two days. The festival is held during Chaturdashi (day before Amavasya) and ends after Amavasya (no-moon day).