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Top 10 Temples in Delhi

The capital city of New Delhi and walled city of Delhi is fortunate that a number of beautiful, revered and icons of architecture pieces in the form of temples are located here. People from the near and distant places visit to pay their devotion to the different deities and Goddesses.

Top 10 Temples in Delhi

The city of Delhi can boast of a innemurable number of temples. There are temples which have been built for certain communities too, but the concept of Hindu temples are based on equal opportunities of worship to one and all. It is not easy to cover maximum number of temples in Delhi, but we have shortlisted top 10 temples in Delhi. Read on about them:

1.  Laxminarayan or Birla Mandir

Spread over 7.5 acres, in the heart of the city, the Laxminarayan or Birla Mandir of Delhi is adorned with many shrines, fountains, a large garden, and also houses Geeta Bhawan for discourses. The temple is one of the major attractions of the city of Delhi and attracts thousands of devotees on the festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali.

Birla Mandir Delhi
Laxminarain or Birla temple of Delhi (Pic: www.findmessages.com)

The temple houses statues of Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Hanuman.  A shrine is dedicated to Lord Buddha in the temple. The left side temple shikhar (dome) houses Devi Durga, the goddess of power.

2. Akshardham Mandir

Akshardham means the abode of God and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth. Opened on 6th of November 2005 by the them President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, it is located near the banks of the Yamuna river in eastern New Delhi. The temple, at the centre of the complex, was built keeping in mind the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra shastra. The temple complex consists of an Abhisheka Mandap, Sahaj Anand water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions.

step well of Akshardham temple
Lighting at step well of Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Complex (Pic: www.akshardham.com)

Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is known for its architectural and designing grandeur. It rises 141-foot high, spans 316-foot wide, and extends 356-foot  long. It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities.

3. Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place

Hanuman Temple  is an ancient Hindu temple and is know to be one of the five temples of Mahabharata days in Delhi. The temple, which has a self manifest idol of Hanuman, has an unusual feature fixed in the spire (Vimana) in the form of a crescent moon instead of the Hindu symbol of Sun that is commonly seen in most Hindu temples. This became particularly important during the Mughal period corroborating this extraordinary depiction.

hanuman Mandir, CP, Delhi
Hanuman mandir, Connaught Place (Pic: www.thedivineindia.com)

The idol in the temple, devotionally worshipped as “Sri Hanuman Ji Maharaj” (Great Lord Hanuman), is that of Bala Hanuman namely, Hanuman as a child.

4. Kalkaji Temple

Kalkaji Temple is also called Manokamna Siddha Peeth‘ which means that all the desires of the devotees are fulfilled here by the Deity Goddess Kalika who has taken this temple as her abode. The Peeth dates back to Satyug when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed ‘Raktbeejasur’ along with other Giants. Even Lord Krishna had worshipped here with Pandavas not only before going for the battle of ‘Kurukshetra’ but also after winning the battle.

Kalkaji Temple Delhi
Kalkaji Temple at Delhi (Pic: www.godwallpapers.blogspot.com)

The temple complex is situated on Kalkaji Mandir between the Nehru Place bus terminus & business center and Okhla railway station & industrial area, and is right beside the Bahá’í Lotus Temple. Close by to the temple, on a hill in the East of Kailash neighbourhood and near the ISKCON temple, lies an Edict of Ashoka, dating 3rd century BC.

5. Hanuman Mandir, Jhandewalan

The shrine of Hanuman Temple is marked by the colossal 108 ft statue of Lord Hanuman and can be seen from the both Jhandewalan and Karol Bagh metro station. Tuesdays are quite crowded here, despite the fact that the temple stays open every day. Other than the massive effigy of Lord Hanuman, which fairly does its job of attracting devotees and tourists, the entrance of the temple is also an attraction. The entrance door has been carved in a shape of the mouth of the deity and one can reach the main hall of the shrine through a passageway.

Hanuman Temple, Jhandewalan, New Delhi
Hanuman Temple at Jhandewalan New Delhi (Pic: www.flickr.com)

During the evening Aarti the arms of Hanuman’s giant statue move back, the chest slides open and the beautiful images of Lord Shri Rama & Devi Sita protrudes to give darshan to all the devotees. Certainly a dazzling sight!

6. Shri Digambar Jain Mandir, Daryaganj

There is one famous and oldest ancient Digambara Jain temple and is known as Lal Mandir.  It is just opposite of the Red Fort on the Netaji Subhas Marg, Chandni Chowk, Delhi. The temple was constructed in 1658 AD. It adds grace and sanctity to Delhi City.

Lal Mandir Delhi
Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir, Delhi (Pic: www.adventrous-travels.com)

The temple has undergone many modifications and additions and alterations during the past but still retains some of the original elements. The prayer chamber ceilings have been repainted. Fluted Shahjahani columns in white marble can also be seen. 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 Ttirthankara, and the main idol that is placed on the Central alters. There are number of idol of Tirthankars.

7. Shri Jagannath Mandir, Hauz Khas

People tell Delhi jagannath temple is so beautiful and the management is very carefully to manage the temple. The foundation stone of the temple was laid on 15th January 1968 and the construction work started on 5th February 1968. Initially with the limited resources of the society, a small temple was built and regular worshiping of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Maa Subhadra started with installation of small size idols of three Deities, inside the small temple.

Jagannath temple Hauz Khas New Delhi
Jagannath temple at Hauz Khas, New Delhi (Pic: www.thehouseofsusana.blogspot.com)

Besides, arranging the daily rituals of the Deities in accordance with the rituals followed in Puri Shri Mandir, to the extent possible, this Mandir is providing platform to all, including the non-resident Odias staying in Delhi/NCR Delhi for social get-together not only on prominent religious festivals like Rath Yatra, Kartik Poornima, but also on social and family functions like marriage, birthday party etc.

8. Lotus Temple

Located in New Delhi, India, Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship. Constructed in 1986, the Lotus Temple is known for its flower shape.

the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with height of slightly over 40 metres and a capacity of 2,500 people.

Lotus Temple Delhi
Bahai’s Lotus Temple at Delhi (Pic: www.amazingindiablog.in)

Lotus Temple usually opens at 9.30 am and closes by 5.30 pm in winter, in summer the timings are 9 am to 7 pm. It remains open from Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays

9. ISKCON Temple, East of Kailash

Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir  generally known as the ISKCON Delhi temple, is a well known Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani. Opened in 1998, it is located at Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi, India.It is one of the top tourist place in Delhi to visit.It is not just a temple but also a Vedic Learning Center in very scientific way.

ISKCON Temple Delhi
ISKCON Temple, New Delhi (Pic: www.delhitourism.org)

ISKCON Temple, designed and built by Achyut Kanvinde who in 1993 agreed to accept a pro-bono commission to build this temple complex for the followers of Srila Prabhupada, is one of the largest temple complexes in India. It comprises numerous rooms for priests and for service renders.

10. Chhatarpur Temple

The temple was established in 1974, by Baba Sant Nagpal ji, who died in 1998. His samadhi shrine lies in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir within the temple complex. This temple was considered as the biggest temple in India and second largest in the world, before the Akshardham Temple was created in 2005 in Delhi. This temple is totally constructed from marble and on all the facets there is perforated stone work. It can be classified a vessara style of architecture.

Chhatarpur temple
Chhatarpur Temple of Delhi

The entire temple complex spread over 60 acres, has over 20 small and large temples divided in three different complexes. The main deity in the temple is Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga, the nine forms of Hindu goddess Durga or Shakti, worshipped during the Navratri celebrations.

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