Sri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, popularly known as Chhatarpur Temple is in Chhatarpur near Mehrauli - Gurgaon road, on the outskirts of Delhi.
|Chhatarpur Temple, travelkida.com|
|Main courtyard, Chhatarpur Temple en.wikipedia.org/|
This artistically rich, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a form of Goddess Durga. She assumes a fierce form riding a lion and holding the glorious Chandrahasa (sword) in her hand, She is also a form of Sakthi, a saviour of the good and destroyer of the evil. She may be fierce-looking, but, in reality, she is full of grace and care and will not let down those who have trust in her. Baba Sant Nagpal ji built the temple with care and devotion in 1974 in the capital. His samadhi lies within the temple complex in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir.
The temple complex is a huge one built on a land of roughly 70 acres in the prime locality. As for the temple architecture, one can see a blend of Nagara and Dravidian styles. The main shrine of Chhatarpur Mandir follows Dravidian style. A fact worthy of note is that the entire complex is made of neatly dressed marble stone set amidst beautiful lawns and gardens.
Within the temple complex, there are over 20 small and large temples divided in three different sections. Goddess Katyayani is in the main garbagraha - sanctum and is open to public bi-annually only during Navarathri and Durga Puja festivals. The small temples are dedicated to various deities Shiva, Rama, Ganapathi, Goddess Mahishasurmaridini, Lakshmi, and others. Nageshwar Mandir and 101 feet tall Hanuman statue are special and attract lots of visitors.
The Navaratri and Durga puja festivals attract a huge crowd. As in the temples of the south, there is a special tree in this temple. It is believed, tying a thread soaked in turmeric water around the tree will positively fulfil a devotee's wish. This temple is open from 4 am till 11 pm.
The temple lies 4 km from Qutub Minar and 19 Km from New.