Here some facts you need to know about Kalkaji Mandir.
Kalkaji Temple is a Hindu temple which is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. The temple is situated in the south of Delhi near Lotus Temple which is opposite to the Nehru Place business centre and close to the Okhla railway station, New Delhi, India.
Facts you need to know about Kalkaji Mandir:
- Hindus believe that the image of the Goddess Kalka here is self-manifested, and the shrine dates back to Satya Yuga when the Goddess Kalika killed the demon Raktabija.
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- This is also called Manokamna Siddha Peeth which means that all the desires of the devotees are fulfilled here by the worship of Goddess Kalika.
- Kalkaji Temple is believed to have been there from the ancient times of Mahabharata.
- The temple complex is constructed of brick masonry covered with marble and is surrounded by a pyramidal tower.
- The central chamber which is 12-sided has a doorway in which each side is surrounded by a verandah which contains 36 arched doorways.
- It is said that the temple was built in 1764 A.D. and the Pandavas and Kauravas had worshipped here. The present structure was built in the 20th century.
- The temple consists of an 8 sided structures made of marble and black pumice stones. The black stone denotes the power of the goddess Kali.
- Devotees visit the Kalkaji Temple throughout the year but the major time people visit here is during the festival of Navratri. A large fair is organized here during Navratri.
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- The doors of the temple open at 4.00 AM for the darshan and close after 10.00 PM.
- One can easily reach Kalkaji Mandir by taking local buses, metros, auto-rickshaws or by hiring taxis from the main city.
- It is one of the famous temples and a tourist spot in Delhi.