8 Most Prominent Temples in Delhi
Delhi, the capital of India is every traveller’s delight. And this is because of a myriad of reasons. Right from its street food to historic monuments, everything is worth exploring. But today, let us talk about the Mandir of Delhi.
In the backyard of the Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Pragati Maidan, Sri Kilkari Bhairav Temple or Bhairo Temple is located. It is assumed that the Pandavas founded this shrine. One of its kinds is Bhairo Temple, as the temple enables devotees to give the deity alcohol. There are two wings of the temple: The Temple of Doodhiya Bhairav, where the idol is given milk, and the Temple of Kilkari Bhairav, where the devotees give the presiding deity alcohol. It is also believed that in this temple, Bheem (one of the Pandavas) worshipped and also attained Siddhis.
This temple is more than just a worship spot! Reflecting the good taste in architecture, Akshardham is a temple in Delhi that must be visited. This temple is definitely a gift to all the Delhiites. Near the Popular Wealth Games Village on NH 24, this huge shrine is located. Swaminarayan Akshardham is dedicated to that temple. One of the well-maintained temples in Delhi is a large complex situated in the midst of gardens. In addition to paying tribute to Swaminarayan, one may look at the rich array of Indian culture here it is worth seeing the light and sound show in the evening.
Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place
This ancient temple is estimated to be one of the five temples built during the Mahabharata era. However, in 1724, Maharaja Jai Singh reconstructed the present structure. It is located at Connaught Palace on the Baba Kharak Singh Marg and is evidently one of Delhi’s most famous places of worship. In the temple, the principal deity is that of Lord Hanuman. Where the pictures of Lord Rama are embossed, the ceiling of the shrine is worth appreciating. A large number of devotees throng here on Tuesdays and Saturdays, while the temple remains open on all days.
Gauri Shankar Temple
It is an ancient temple that is located near the Digambar Jain Temple on the main Chandni Chowk Route. This temple was built according to legends by a war soldier who had promised to build the temple if he managed to get through the injury he sustained in the fighting. It is estimated that the presiding Shiva Linga or the Phallus in the shrine is 800 years old. Apart from the idols of Shiva, his consort Parvati and their two sons, Ganesha and Kartik, the main attractions are the silver paintings hanging on the walls and depicting scenes from the life of Lord Shiva. The temple is thronged with devotees on Mondays.
Hanuman Mandir, Jhandewalan
It is one of Delhi’s most famous Hindu temples. The shrine is marked by the colossal 108ft statue of Lord Hanuman and can be seen from the both Jhandewalan and Karol Bagh metro station. Tuesdays, despite the fact that the temple stays open all day are very crowded here. Other than Lord Hanuman’s huge effigy, which reasonably does its job of attracting devotees and visitors, the temple’s entrance is also an attraction. The entrance door has been carved in the form of the deity’s mouth, and through a passageway, one can enter the main hall of the shrine.
This temple, dedicated to Goddess Durga, was constructed after Badri Bhagat (one of the great devotees of the Mother Goddess) who saw an idol concealed beneath the ground in one of his dreams, the place where the temple stands. Today, the Jhandewalan road on the way to Karol Bagh is the exact location of the temple. In order to get their wishes fulfilled, the temple got its name from the act of people offering flags in the temple. The original idol of the Goddess is believed to be firmly established at the ground level of the temple. A large number of Hindu devotees thronged this temple on the occasion of the Durga Puja and Navratra.
Sai Baba Temple
It is situated on Lodhi Road and is one of Delhi’s oldest Sai Baba temples. The temple is simple but majestic, and since the time the temple was founded, many testimonies about feeling the divine presence of Baba have been documented if people are to be trusted. The temple has a huge Sai Baba idol that sits in the main hall, where devotees give flowers and chadar. On Thursdays per week, a sizable population throngs the shrine here.
Uttara Swami Malai Mandir
The Uttara Swami Malai Mandir is a South Indian Temple. It is located in R.K. Sector-7 of Puram. This temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, boasts a unique architecture, where no cement and mortar were used to build the shrine. It is also one of the few places where Hindus from the cultures of Tamil, Telegu, Kannada & Malayali worship together. The main deity in the shrine is that of Lord Murugan. However the mother, father and brother of the Lord are other deities who preside here. There are also a variety of peacocks in the complex, sanctifying the environment. The peacock is according to legends, the Vahana of Lord Murugan and hence the authority of the temple agreed to have a few peacocks as pets. The temple is swarmed by a large number of devotees on Saturday.