Kalkaji Temple at Kalkaji Mandir (Delhi metro), south of Delhi, which is dedicated to Goddess Kali (One of the incarnations of Goddess Shakti. This temple is also called as Shri Kalkaji Mandir and also considered to be the one of the oldest and the most respected temples of India. The Kalkaji Temple was said to be in existence from the very first Yuga, which is Satya Yuga. The four Yugas (a Hindu Philosophy which explains the era within a four age cycle) mentioned are:
- Satya Yuga, where the average human lifespan was 100,000 years.
- Treta Yuga, where the average human lifespan was 10,000 years.
- Dvapara Yuga, where the average human lifespan was 1000 years.
- Kali Yuga, average human lifespan was 100 years.
It is said that in various Yugas, various legends has been worshipped and performed severe penance in this temple. The mythology says that Goddess Kalka’s incarnation have killed the demon named Raktabija, a demon who fought with Shumbha and Nishumbha against Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali. Lord Krishna and the Pandavas are said to have worshipped Goddess Kalka at this temple during the reign of Yudhisthir. The presiding deity of Kalkaji temple is Goddess Kali otherwise called as Kalka, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The deity of Goddess Kalka was believed to be self-manifested.
The Kalkaji Temple shrine is also called by the names Jayanti Peetha or Manokamna Siddha Peetha, where Manokamna refers to “desire” and Siddha refers to “fulfillment”. And it is believed that the one who worship Goddess Kalka at this temple will be fulfilled of their desires. Navaratri festival is celebrated in this temple in a grand manner, is a nine day festival, celebrated twice in a year.
The temple remains open from morning 06.00 AM to 10.00 PM in the night.
- Mahashivratri – February/March
- Vijaya Dashami – October
- Pournami Festival – February/March
- Navaratri Festival or Durga Pooja – March-April and September-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.
Buses are operated by the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), which is connected with all major cities. Delhi is connected by Road to various parts of the country through several National highways.
The nearest railway station to Kalka Temple is H-Nizamuddin railway station which is 4 Km away from Kalka Devi Temple.
The nearest airport to Kalka Temple is Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi which is 15 Km away from Kalka temple.
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