24 May 2011

Most famous Temples of Delhi : Birla Mandir,Kalkaji Mandir, Chattarpur Mandir, Iskcon Temple, Lotus Temple, Bala Hanuman Temple , Akshardham Temple, Aurobindo Ashramà, Gauri Shankar Temple, Kali Bari Mandir : values, faith, Importance, origin and visit times

In an antique land like Delhi, the spirituality and devotion for the supreme self rises much higher than the soaring spires of old temples. The capital is dotted with serene temples that portray an impeccable blend of exquisite architecture and reverence, nestling under the shadow of evergreen trees. During the festive season,you can see hundreds of devotees hemming into offer their ovation,along with hundreds of coconuts,fragrant garlands and sweets. The temples are adorned with colorful lights that create a magnificent vista,glittering handsomely in the eyes of the devotees.

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, it is ideally located in central delhi (Mandir Marg). This Temple which is dedicated to goddes of wealth,Laxmi and Narayana was built in 1938 by prominent Indian Industrialist Raja Bal Dev das Birla and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. This Temple is built in Orrisa style and has man Idols representing various gods of Indian panthon.

Kalkaji Mandir

Situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place this temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kalka Devi. Its oldest section dates back to 1764 and additions were made in the mid-19th century. However most of the building is modern thousands of pilgrims visit the temple specially in Octomber during the nine days of Navratras,when a huge fair is held here.

Chattarpur Mandir
One of the most popular hindu temples around Delhi,Chattarpur Mandir is located at a distance of four kilometer from Qutab Minar. The main temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, while the devotees can also worship Shiva,Vishnu,Laxmi aur Ganesh in adjoining temples.During Durga puja days this place attractes a large number of devotees, who gather here to prayers. It is believed that tying a thread on a tree located in the temple premises will get the desired wishes fulfilled. It is a big temple complex that represents both South and North Indian style of architecture.

Iskcon Temple
Iskcon Temple is a complex of Temples which was Completed in 1998. Built on a hill place it is dedicated to the Lord Krishna and was built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult followers. This complex is elegantly built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India. The main attractions of the temple are its central prayer hall and the temple museum. The festival of Janmashtami,the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated here on a large scale.

Lotus Temple
It is a lotus shaped Temple Located in Kalkaji south of delhi, made up of marble,cement,dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith,Bahai faith is the youngest of the world's independent religion. Fariborz Sahba, canadian architect of Iranian origin,spent 10 years in designing and project management,and with the help of a team of about 800 engineers,technicians,artisans and workers brought to realisation one of the most difficult construction of the world.

Bala Hanuman Temple
The elegant temple stands on the south-eastern side of Ranmal Lake. The 24 chanting of the Mantra 'Sri Ram,Jai Ram,Jai Jai Ram' which has been going in the temple since August 1,1964, has earned a place in the Guinness Books of world Records.

Akshardham Temple
The embrosial Akshardham Temple nesting on the banks of river yamuna over 100 acres of land, the Temple is a modern signature of exquisiote beauty. It is one of the biggest and most intricate religious of worship ever constructed. The temple affords a beautiful matrix of marble and Red Stone with many alluring sculptures that embellish its periphery.The temple is a desired fruit of 5 years of non stop and round the clock construction.

Aurobindo Ashramà
It is located on the south of Dehi near the Indian Institute of Technology on the road of Maharauli it has literature on the life of Sri Aurobindo and the mother and has an Ashram where devotees can come to meditate.

Gauri Shankar Temple
The 800 year old Gauri Shankar Temple is located next to the Digambar Jain Temple on the main Chandini chowk road. One of the most important temples of shaivism (a sector of Hiduism that worship Lord Shiva) in the country. It has an 800 year old brown lingam encased in a marble representation of a female organ,surrounded by snakes made of silver,the lingam according to Hinduism represents a 'cosmic pillar,the center of universe,the life it self'. The auspicious day to visit the temple is Monday as it is considered to be the day of Lord Shiva.

Kali Bari Mandir
A stones through from Birla Mandir to the right is the much smaller but quite popular temple devoted to the Goddess Kali. Especially dear to the bengali community of delhi,Kali Bari Mandir in delhi is the centre of celebration during the festival of Durga Puja
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