Chhatarpur Temple is situated in south of Delhi, Chhatarpur, India, which is dedicated to Goddess Katyayini (one of the nine forms of Goddess Shakti). It is also known as Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetham. Chhatarpur Temple complex is considered as the second largest temple complex in India. This Chhatarpur temple was said to be established by Baba Sant Nagpal in the year 1974. This temple is completely build out from marble and the surface of the temple has Jali (perforated stone).
Chhatarpur Temple comprises an area of about 70 acres, and it contains twenty temples which is divided in three different complexes. These temple complexes are spread across either sides of the Chhatarpur road and showcases a blend of both, North and South Indian style of architecture. This temple complex has now become a pilgrimage Centre, visited by the devotees from all parts of the country. This temple is thronged by devotees and tourists in large numbers during the Navratri festival.
The presiding deity of Chhatarpur Temple is Goddess Katyayini, a part of Navadurga (the nine forms of Goddess Shakti). The other shrines in the temple complex are the shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman, and Radha Krishna. The holy Samadhi shrine of Baba Sant Nagpal is also lies in the temple complex of Chhatarpur temple. And an interesting point about this temple is that Chhatarpur Temple was considered as the second largest temple in the world before the creation of Akshardham temple in 2005 at Delhi.
Navaratri festival or Durga Pooja Festival is the very famous and important festival celebrated in Chhatarpur Temple. The shrine of Goddess Katyayini opens only during the annual Navaratri festival times. And there is a room (Shayan Kaksha) next to the main shrine of Goddess Katyayini, which is adorned with tables and chairs made of silver, where the Bhajans (religious songs) are held at. In the entrance of the temple is an old tree something like temple tree, where the devotees of Goddess Katyayini tie some sacred threads in it as a kind of worship, they believe that by this, their wishes and prayers would be fulfilled.
The temple remains open from morning 06.00 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.
- Mahashivratri – February/March
- Krishna Janmashtami – August/September
- Pournami Festival – February/March
- Guru Pournami – August
- Vijaya Dashami – October (The images of goddess are carried in processions around the locality and finally is immersed in a nearby river).
- Durga Pooja Festival or Navaratri Festival – October
The Durga pooja festival is followed by major events like:
- Mahashashthi – Unveiling the face of the idol of Goddess is the main ritual on this day
- Mahasaptami – worshiping nine types of plants with together symbol of the goddess.
- Mahaastami – Singing hymns in sanskrit language and offering worship to the goddess
- Mahanavami – The Navami Bhog is offered to the goddess and offered as Prasad to the devotees.
The main bus stands in Delhi are the Interstate Bus Terminals, located at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun and even Kathmandu among others.
The nearest railway station to Chhatarpur Temple is h Nizamuddin railway station which is 12 Km away from Chhatarpur Temple.
The nearest airport to Chhatarpur Temple is Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi which is 10 Km away from Chhatarpur Temple.
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