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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Chattarpur Temple, South Delhi





The Chattarpur Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, along with temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, Lakshmi and Ganesh in the temple compound. A large number of devotees visit this temple and is very famous; earlier, the area around it was not populated, but as Delhi is expanding, the temple is seeing many more devotees. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga (who is worshipped in fierce (Kali, Durga) and tender (Lakshmi) forms), and who is the consort of Lord Vishnu. Another shrine is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, whose 'darshan' can be availed only on 'ashtami' falling in every month. Otherwise, the 'darshan' of Goddess Katyayani can be made throughout the days of 'Navratri'.

Map to Temple:


The temples exhibit a beautiful architecture, made up of marble (and gleaming in their whiteness), and made in the South Indian style. The center is the Vimana (a tall tower consisting of several smaller storeys). During Durga Pooja, the temple is thronged by devotees, there to offer prayers. The compound has beautifully manicured lawns, and gardens. The temple also has a tree where devotees tie a thread so that their requests are met by the deity. Chhatarpur Temple was built by Swami Nagpal Maharaj, who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga.
Places nearby: Alai-Darwaza, Quwwatul-Islam Mosque, Iron Pillar, Alai Minar, Tomb of Iltutmish, Imam Zamin's Tomb and Ala-ud-Din Madarsa.
Located at: 4km Beyond Qutub Minar in Mehrauli, Delhi

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