Famous Temples in Delhi

Delhi, the nation’s capital is continually overflowing with extreme energy with political and cultural happenings. It is undoubtedly a standout amongst the most visited and most popular tourist destinations in India with its historical monuments, the Parliament House, the old structures and more. In the midst of all these hullaballoo, there is also a spiritual side to Delhi with its astonishing religious structures. It has a portion of the best and most established oldest temples in the nation and a visit to these spots transport you to another state that is just so opposite to the image of Delhi. These temple visits offer a calm and peaceful atmosphere that can be just experienced and not described.
Though there are many temples in Delhi that are great places to visit and spend some time in, here are the 7 most famous temples in Delhi listed from oldest to newest, depending on the time they were constructed.

1.Swaminarayan Akshardham

Inaugurated in 2005, this temple complex combines the finest example of traditional Hindu/Indian culture, architecture and spirituality. Sitting near the banks of the Yamuna, the temple attracts a huge number of visitors, many of whom believe it to be the temporal abode of God on earth. Etched with intricate carvings, the Akshardham Mandir alone is 141-foot high, spans 316-foot wide, and extends 356-foot long.

• Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi-110092
• Timings: 9:30am to 6:30pm
• Opening days: All except Monday
• Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham Metro Station
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Not allowed

2.Laxminarayan Temple a.k.a. Birla Mandir

This temple to Laxminarayan Temple is also known as the Birla Mandir, is a temple to Narayan or Vishnu along with his consort Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth.
Built-in 1933 by Baldeo Das Birla and his sins, the complex has a temple to Shiva, Krishna, and Buddha too and Geeta Bhawan where discourses are held. Visitors to the temple enjoy its many shrines, gardens, fountains, and sculptures.

• Address: Mandir Marg, Near Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
• Timings: 4:30am to 1:30pm & 2.30pm to 9.00pm.
• Opening days: All days of the week
• Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Not allowed

3.Kalkaji Mandir

Foremost among the oldest and most revered temples in Delhi is the Kalkaji Mandir, or the Manokamna Siddha Peetha (the place where all desires are fulfilled). The Mahabharata talks of five temples being built by the victorious Pandavas after Kurukshetra and this is supposed to be one.
Legend also talks about how, in Satyug, the Goddess Durga manifested in the Avatar of Kalika to put an end to the Demon Raktabija and others and remained on Earth as a swayambhu stone idol. The stop for Kalkaji Mandir is on the Delhi Metro, between Nehru Place and Okhla.

• Address: Ma Anandmayee Marg, NSIC Estate, Block 9, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
• Timings: 4:00 am – 11:30 am & 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm.
• Opening days: All days of the week
• Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Not allowed in a prayer hall

4.ISKCON Temple

This Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani opened in 1998, near Nehru Place. There are many such temples in India built under the auspices of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Vaishnavism or the worship of an avatar of Vishnu, usually Krishna, originated in the first millennium BCE and continues strong to this day.

• Address: Hare Krishna, Hills Rd, East of Kailash, New Delhi-110065
• Timings: 4:30 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
• Opening days: All days of the week
• Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Not allowed

5.Lotus Temple

This house of worship for the Bahá’í religion costing $10 million opened in 1986. It is open to all and requires no religious affiliations or other qualifications of its visitors, who come in droves to see it.
Considered to be an architectural marvel, the temple accommodates 2500 people. It has 27 petals etched out of marble, which are arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. Space is only meant for gathering, reflecting and worshipping. Though rituals are not permitted; singing, chanting, praying or reading any religious text in any language is allowed along with lecturing, sermonising, and fund-raising.

• Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi-110019
• Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm
• Opening days: All except Monday
• Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Allowed

6. Chhatarpur Temple

Officially known as the Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetham, this temple to Goddess Katyayani (A manifestation of Goddess Durga) is just 4 kilometers from Qutub Minar. This marble temple is envisaged and constructed through the exemplary efforts of Sant Shiromani Baba Nagpal.
This huge temple follows the Vassar type of architecture and has perforated or latticed stonework on all sides. Spread overall an area of 60 acres, this complex has 20 temples, big and small, divided into three separate complexes where the temples were built in both North Indian and South Indian styles of architecture.

• Address: Chhatarpur, Main Chhatarpur Road, Near Chhatarpur Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110074
• Timings: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
• Opening days: All days of the week
• Nearest Metro Station: Chhatarpur
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Allowed

7.Hanuman Temple

This ancient temple also finds mention in the Mahabharata along with the story of how Bhima came upon Hanuman (his brother as both are the sons of Vayu) and accepted his prevalence when he got himself incapable over move even his tail.
Said to be built by the Pandavas, the temple has a swayambhu idol of Lord Hanuman as a child. The temple features a crescent moon in its spire, which is considered unusual for a Hindu temple but also credited with keeping it safe from destruction. The temple has a continuous chant of Jai Ram, going non-stop since August 1st, 1964.

• Address: 5 Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Lane, Near Hanuman Mandir, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
• Timings: 5.00 am to 1.00 pm & 3.00 pm to 11.00 pm (Tuesday and Saturday Full Day Open)
• Opening days: All days of the week
• Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
• Entry: Free
• Photography: Not allowed

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