Chhatarpur Temple is situated at Gurgaon- Mehrauli Road, in South Delhi. The temple is easily accessible by all public transports from the city. It is the fact that this marvelous temple was recognized as the largest temple in India before the creation of Akshardham Temple (Delhi) in 2005. Now, this wonderful temple is recognized for being the second largest temple of India. Delhi based Chhatrapur Mandir is among the most renowned temples of India.
This beautiful temple was built by Swami Nagpal Maharaj, who was a great believer of Goddess Durga. The legend left this bodily world in the recent years. This temple is made up of beautiful white marble. The temple’s main shrine is devoted to Goddess Katyayani, a form of Durga.
The main characteristic of Chhatarpur temple is that its construction doesn’t seek an end. The formation of this temple gives a glimpse of South Indian style architecture. Chhatarpur Mandir includes many structures which are made for diverse activities. The beautiful holy complex is followed by beautiful gardens and lawns which leave a peaceful impact on the souls of the devotees. The carvings of Chhatarpur temple are actually worth appreciating. The enormous size of the temple complex creates a feeling of wonder. The important part of this wonderful temple is, that it is having two forms of Goddess Durga. In which, one holy shrine is dedicated to Maha Gauri, a form of Durga. This holy shrine is open a whole week for ‘darshan’. In the same way, another holy shrine is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, whose ‘darshan’ only appear on ‘Ashtami’ falling in every month. Otherwise, the ‘darshan’ of Goddess Katyayani will be open during the days of ‘Navratri’. The beautiful image of Katyayani draws the attention of devotees with their massive size and utter divinity. The beautiful statue of Katyayani Devi is located in a big hall, which can also be reached from the hall of wishings. The gilded image of Goddess Katyayani is always decorated in striking jewelry, rich clothes and a heavy garland of flowers. During the time of Navratri, the temple is visited by thousands of people. To control such a massive throng of devotees, bending queues are made ranging in kilometers.
There are two rooms that are intended to Goddess’ rooms, near to the shrine of Katyayani Devi, in which one room is made as the living room with chairs and tables made in silver and the other one is viewed as the ‘Shayan Kaksha’ (Bed Room), where a bed, table and dressing table are engraved in silver. The royal emergence of the rooms, make one deliberate over the look of heaven. Inside the complex, there are several holy shrines that are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Lord Rama and, Lord Radha-Krishna respectively.
Apart from the beautiful holy shrines, an immense structure has been constructed where ‘Bhandara’ (Food is presented to people) is accomplished on a daily basis. At the main entrance of the temple, there is an ancient tree which is covered with divine threads. Devotees come here and tie bangles or threads to this tree with the faith that their wishes would be fulfilled. During the festive celebrations of Navratri, thousands of devotees come to visit. One must visit this wonderful temple to get the blessings from Goddess.