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Chhatarpur Temple

Chhatarpur Temple, also known as Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir, is the second largest temple complex in India and was established in 1974 by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji. His samadhi can be found enshrined in the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir in the temple complex. It held the record for being the largest temple in India until 2005, when the Akshardham Temple was built. Spread across 70 acres and constructed completely of marble, the Chhatarpur Temple is divided into 3 complexes and houses 20 temples of varying sizes. The main deity of the temple is Devi Katyayani, the 6th of the 9 forms of Devi Durga. Her shrine can be found inside the main temple and is only opened during the Navratri seasons for darshan. Opposite the shrine is the Satsang, or the prayer hall, where discourses and bhajans are held. A ‘Shayan Kaksha, or bedroom, has also been prepared for the Goddess, containing a bed, dressing table, meeting table and nine chairs carved out of silver. The room can be viewed through a glass panel. At the entrance of the main temple stands an ancient tree which is believed to grant wishes to those who tie a thread around its branches.

The temple complex also houses shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ram, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, Devi Lakhmi, Devi Annapurna and the Dashamahavidya, or the ten aspects of Shakti.

The Chhatarpur Temple can be found in the Chhatarpur area in south Delhi. It can be reached via public transport.

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