Located on the main Guragon-Mehrauli Road, about 4-kilometers away from Qutab Minar Complex, the sacred Chhatarpur Temple is one of the largest and most popular Hindu temples of the capital. Completely built with white marble and richly crafted,the Chattarpur Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, while you can also worship Shiva, Vishnu, Lakshmi or Ganesh in adjoining temples. During Durga Puja days, this place attracts a large number of devotees, who gather here to offer prayers. Built in the south Indian style, the temple complex is spread over a large area with beautiful manicured lawns and gardens. The whole ambience of the temple complex is very religious as discourses and prayers are held round the clock. The other attraction of the temple is a tree tied with many threads and appears as if decorated with colorful bangles. It is believed that tying a thread or bangle on the tree leads to the fulfillment of the devotees wishes.Don’t forget to remove your shoes outside the temple and wash your hands and feet before entering the temple
Places of Interest
Birla Mandir – Birla Mandir is commonly known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple. It is a famous Hindu temple, constructed in the year 1938 by Raja Baldev Das Birla and Mahatama Gandhi inaugurated it. You can visit the popular pilgrimage destination of Birla Mandir, the shrine that is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu and is located in the heart of Delhi. People of all religion and faiths can worship in the temple but one can enter the temple only bare foot. The temple incorporates numerous images and idols depicting several gods and goddess of Indian mythology. Durga and Shiva are the other major deities in the Birla Mandir temple
Lotus Temple – It is a lotus shaped structure made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. The temple is located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi. You can visit the Lotus Temple on your tour to New Delhi. The temple is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith.The strange thing is that this temple has no Idol and religious texts related to all religions are read inside the temple one by one. The lotus shape of the temple represents the Manifestation of God, and is also a symbol of purity and tenderness. Its significance is deeply rooted in the minds and hearts of the Indians. In the epic poem Mahabharata, the Creator Brahma is described as having sprung from the lotus that grew out of Lord Vishnu’s navel when that deity lay absorbed in meditation, there is a deep and universal reverence for the lotus, which is regarded as a sacred flower associated with worship throughout many centuries.
Iskcon Temple – Built on a hilly place in 1998, the ISKCON Temple is a complex of temples. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this elegant temple is one of the largest temple complexes in India. It has a large number of Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna followers.
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Bala Hanuman Temple – This small but elegant temple located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place was built in 1724. It is very popular among the devotees of Lord Hanuman. The 24-hour chanting of the mantra ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’, since August 1, 1964, has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Gauri Shankar temple – Tucked behind fragrant mounds of marigolds, roses and jasmine blossoms sold on Chandni Chowk just west of the Jain temple, the large marble Gauri Shankar temple, dominated by its eight-hundred-year-old lingam, is Delhi’s holiest Shiva temple. Devotees enter up a narrow flight of marble steps, flanked by pillars carved with chains and bells, that opens onto a spacious courtyard, always a scene of animated devotional activity. Inside, offerings for sale include bilva (wood apple) leaves, chandan (sandalwood paste), marigolds, red powder, rice, and cotton threads. The main sanctuary holds bejewelled statues of Gauri (Parvati) and Shankar (Shiva) standing beneath a silver canopy, and the ancient brown stone lingam resting on a marble yoni encased in silver and draped with silver serpents. Shrines to other deities line the south wall.
Aurobindo Ashram – This ashram at Aurobindo Marg, is a centre for yoga and meditation. The main ashram is at Pondicherry. Products like handmade paper, incense sticks, etc. are available here.
Digambara Jain temple and Jain Bird Hospital – Delhi’s oldest Digambara Jain temple, directly opposite the entrance to the Red Fort, at the east end of Chandni Chowk, was built in 1526, but has been modified and added to ever since, and remains a haven of tranquillity amid the noise and chaos of the main street. Though not as ornate as the fine temples in Gujarat and Rajasthan, it does boast detailed carvings, and gilded paintwork in the antechambers surrounding the main shrine to Parshvanath, the twenty-third tirthankara. You’ll have to remove your shoes, and hand them over with your bags and all leather articles to a kiosk before entering.
Getting there and Around
By Air – Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the important cities of the world with almost all the major international airlines operating out of here. Palam Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
By Rail – The Indian Railway with their modern and organized network connects Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India. The city has three major railway stations at New Delhi, Old New Delhi, and Nizamuddin. Luxury trains like the Palace-on-Wheels, Fairy Queen, and Royal Orient Express can be taken from New Delhi Cantonment railway station. Rajdhani Express trains connect New Delhi from the state capitals. Shatabdi Express trains connect New Delhi to the neighboring cities.
By Road – Delhi is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads. Buses can be taken from the three Inter State Bus Terminuses (ISBT), at Kashmere Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar, as well as many starting points in and around the city, from which various state-managed and privately run transport facilities like airconditioned, deluxe and ordinary coaches operate
Best way to travel in Delhi – For travel in Delhi there are buses, the Metro train, auto-rickshaws and cycle- rickshaws. Tourist taxis ply interstate while the yellow and black taxis can be used to commute anywhere within the city and are safe but relatively expensive. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses go anywhere in the city and are the cheapest mode of transport. Auto rickshaws are another option, but it is always important to bargain for a reasonable fare. Luxurious special tourist buses are also available with packaged tours to all the tourist attractions in Delhi.The recently introduced Delhi Metro railway line is a convenient and efficient mode of transport connecting all major places within the city.
There are thousands of hotels in Delhi, so, accommodation can’t be a problem.Some of the best hotels that provide comfort and luxury to the visitors coming to the New delhi are the Ashoka hotel in the heart of the city, the Centaur Hotel near the airport and Holiday inn Crown plaza in Connaught Plaza and the Hyatt Regency. All of these hotels are star category hotels and provides good services.Budget Hotels are available in Karol Bagh and Paharganj areas of Delhi.
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