The Chhatrapur Temple

Posted by Freddy on May-14-2011

Chhatrapur Temple is one of the most popular temples of India. It was built by Swami Nagpal Maharaj, who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga. The legend left this corporeal world in the recent years. Erected in white marble, the main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The main feature about this temple is that its construction doesn’t seek any end. Chhatarpur Temple is truly a wonder of architecture, where stones appear to transmit poetry. Chhatarpur Temple is located on Gurgaon-Mehrauli Road, in South Delhi. This marvelous temple is accredited for being the second largest temple of India. In fact, it was the largest temple in India before the creation of Akshardham Temple.

The structure of this temple gives the tint of South Indian style of architecture. Sprawling over a large area of land, Chhatarpur Mandir encompasses many structures that are made for different activities. In the temple complex, there are beautiful gardens and lawns that leave a soothing impact on the souls of the devotees. The carvings of this temple are really worth admiring. The massive size of the temple complex creates a feeling of awe. The two forms of Goddess Durga are commemorated here. One shrine is dedicated to Maha Gauri, which is opened for ‘darshan’ every day. 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’. The golden image of Katyayani attracts the attention of devotees with its huge size and sheer divinity.

The image of Katyayani Devi is placed in a big hall, which can also be reached from the hall of prayers. The gilded image of Goddess Katyayani is always festooned in rich clothes, striking jewelry and a heavy garland of flowers. There are two rooms that are meant to Goddess’ rooms near to the shrine of Katyayani Devi. One room is made as the living room with tables and chairs made in silver. Inside the complex, there are several shrines that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Radha-Krsihna and Lord Rama respectively. Apart from the shrines, a massive structure has been constructed where ‘Bhandara’ is conducted on a daily basis. The Chhatarpur Mandir is an important temple which unfolds the religious legacy of India.

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