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Chattarpur Mandir

Chattarpur Mandir

Chattarpur Mandir is situated just 4 km from Qutub Minar, located in the Mehrauli area of New Delhi. The spectacular temple complex is an architectural gem in itself. All the shrines in the complex are built from white marble. Comparatively recent in its construction, it rivals the splendor of the Mughal architecture of the city. Devotees from all over Delhi come to pay their homage to the deities in the temple. The main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga and exhibits traits of the temple architecture of South India. On Durga Puja, one can see never-ending queues of devotees waiting patiently for their turn to ask for the blessings of the Goddess. According to the popular belief, tying a thread on the tree inside the complex of Chattarpur Mandir fulfills one’s wishes. Prayers and sermons are conducted in the temple 24 hours a day. Anybody can participate in these spiritual meetings, any time. The beauty of the complex is highlighted by the lush green gardens in the area. There are also a number of temples inside the complex, dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses, like Vishnu, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Shiva.

 

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple is located at Hari Krishna Hill, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi. It was built as recently as 1998 and is one of the most lavish and grand temples of the city. A fine example of architecture, it sports ‘Shikharas’, rising to a height of 90-ft above ground level. The temple has air-conditioned hall that can hold as many as 1,500 people at once. The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters, like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

 

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir is situated near Connaught Place area of New Delhi. It was built by Raja Baldev Das in 1938. Popularly known as Birla Mandir, it is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth and her consort, Lord Vishnu. Built in Orissan style, its walls are adorned with various Hindu symbols and inscriptions from the holy books of the Gita and the Upanishads. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and took six years to complete. According to the conditions placed by him, people of all castes, including the untouchables, were allowed to visit the temple. It is maintained by Birla family, the renowned industrialists of India.

 

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

Delhi Akshardham Temple, also known as BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, is an exquisite Hindu temple complex, situated in New Delhi, Delhi Capital of India. Built on the banks of the River Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games village, Akshardham Temple complex depicts traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and ancient architecture. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple complex consists of the Swaminarayan Temple of the main monument, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre and a Musical Fountain, bounded by a large landscaped garden. Akshardham complex also features a restaurant named Premvati Food Court which is a replica of the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, and an Ayurvedic bazaar.

The temple is built without steel, in a combination of northern Indian architectural styles – Rajasthani, Orrisan, Gujarati, Mughal and Jain. Erected completely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, Akshar Dham monument consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, 20,000 murtis and statues of Hinduism’s sadhus, devotees, and acharyas. Gajendra Pith is an important element of the Swaminarayan mandir. It contains 148 scale sized elephants, few birds and animals, human sculptures and decorated stone backdrops of trees, creepers and royal palaces. The temple complex was built by Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).

 

Jagannath temple

Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath temple at Hauz Khas is the centre of cultural conglomeration for Oriyas in Delhi.
Sree Neelachala Seva Sangh established the temple in Hauz Khas in 1969 after getting land from the Delhi Development Authority. then Orissa Government had donated one lakh rupees for the temple would also serve as a centre of cultural, religious and spiritual interests of Oriyas in Delhi. The Lord’s Yatra began first in 1979 after the temple was built.

The Hauz Khas Jagannath temple, however, was not built by any influential or powerful persons. It came up with the initiative of a working class Oriya population comprising mostly of plumbers and small salaried people, bearing testimony that Sri Jagannath is the ‘dear Lord of the masses’.

 

Shani Dham Temple

Shani Dham Temple

The Shani Dham Temple, in the Indian capital of Delhi, contains the tallest statue of Lord Shani in the World. The temple, which is situated on Chhatarpur Road near Asola, is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Chhatarpur Temple, about 8–9 kilometres (5.0–5.6 mi) away from Mehrauli, and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Qutub Minar. It is equipped with the natural Rock Idol of Lord Shani, as a chief deity.

Apart from this, the other man-made idols are also established since long. These idols were being worshipped, adored for long- long times but in last few years i.e. on May 31, 2003 when the largest radiant Shani Idol was unveiled by Anant Shree Vibhushit Jagat Guru Shankracharya Swami Madhavasharam Ji Maharaj, after which it has become the center of attraction for the devotees of Lord Shani.

Before unveiling of this radiant Idol of Lord Shani, Shree Shani Dham Peethadeshwar Sant Shiromani Shani Charanuragi ‘Datti’ Madan Maharaj Rajasthani ji had performed enchanting of One Hundred Crores and Thirty Two Lakhs (in numbers) Shani Mantras on this sacred grove. With a result, the whole environment of the Shani Dham Premises has become so alive that most of the problems of the devotees of Lord Shani are automatically solved, when they happen to reach this temple. Whatever troubles are left behind, they are also solved by their worshiping here and by offering oil (Telabhishek) to Lord Shani.

 

Kalka Mandir

Kalka Mandir

Kalka Mandir also known as Kalkaji Temple is a famous Hindu mandir, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali, situated in the Delhi, India, near Okhla The name has also lend itself to nearby locality of Kalkaji, opposite Nehru Place business centre A km away from the temple, on a hill in the East of Kailash neighbourhood, near the ISKCON Temple, lies an Edict of Ashoka, dating 3rd century BC.

 

Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Temple

Connaught Place, New Delhi

Built by Maharaja Jai Singh at about the same Jantar Mantar was built. Since then, many additions have been made to the original structure. A colorful mela is held in the compound every Tuesday and Saturday. The temple is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, two minutes walk from Jantar Mantar.

 

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir

Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir (Chittaranjan Park Kali Bari) is a temple complex and Bengali community cultural center in Chittaranjan Park in New Delhi, India. Built on a small hill, it started as a Shiv temple in 1973, which still stands within the complex, the larger shrines dedicated to goddess Kali, Shiva, and Radhakrishna were added in 1984. Over the years it has remained an important centre of convergence of local Bengali community during annual Durga Puja festivities.

It was founded in 1973, on land designated by the nascent EPDP colony, and a small temple to Shiva was consecrated on small hill at the edge of the colony. The tradition of Durga Puja started in the same year. Expansion of the devotee base enabled the construction of an imposing Kali temple in February 1984 in Bengal terracotta temple architecture. This was followed by two temples, one for Shiva and the other for Radha-Krishna. The temples was overlaid with elaborate terracotta designs around 2006-09.

 

Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the oldest and best-known Jain temple in Delhi, India. It is directly across from the Red Fort in the historical Chandni Chowk area. It is known for an avian veterinary hospital in a second building behind the main temple. Located just opposite the massive Red Fort at the intersection of Netaji Subhas Marg and Chandni Chowk, Digambar Jain Temple is the oldest temple of the Jain religion in the capital, originally built in 1656.

An impressive red sandstone temple today (the temple has undergone many alterations and additions in the past and was enlarged in the early 19th century), Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is popularly known as Lal Mandir “Red Temple”. Modern Delhi was founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1628–1658) who built what is commonly known as the old city or old Delhi, surrounded by a wall, with the main street Chandni Chowk in front of the Red Fort, the imperial residence.

 

 

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