Chattarpur Temple was established in 1974, by Shri Durga Charanuragi Baba Sant Nagpal ji (who was a great devotee of Goddess Durga). The actual name of the temple is Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir. The temple is located in south of Delhi - Chattarpur and is about 4 Km from Qutb Minar on Mehrauli Gurgaon road. This is the second largest temple of India, only after Akshardham Temple in Delhi.
The entire temple complex spread over 70 acres, has over 20 small and large temples divided in three different complexes. The main deity in the temple is Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga, the nine forms of Hindu goddess Durga or Shakti, worshipped during the Navratri celebrations.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani and Maha Gauri (a form of Durga). The image of Katyayani Devi is placed in a big hall, which can also be reached from the hall of prayers. During the time of Navratri, the temple is visited by thousands of people to have the ‘darshan’ of Goddess Katyayani.
Gates of Temple are open all days for the darshan of Maha Gauri. But 'darshan' of Goddess Katyayani can be availed only on 'ashtami' of every month. During Navratri, the gates of the Goddess Katyayani are opened for the general public.
On the main entrance, there is an ancient Vat Tree that is covered with holy threads. People tie threads or bangles to this tree with the belief that their wishes would be fulfilled. During the festive celebrations of Navratri, thousands of devotees come to visit this temple of Chhatarpur.
The structure of this temple gives the tint of South Indian style of architecture. Spread over a large area of land, Chhatarpur Mandir encompasses many structures that are made for different activities. In the temple complex, there are beautiful gardens and lawns that leave a soothing impact on the souls of the devotees. The carvings of this temple are really worth admiring.
In this Shakitpeeth Complex, devotees can pray in Shree Shiv Mandir (temple), Shree Ram Mandir, Shree Maa Katyayani Mandir (the main deity), Shree Maa Mahishasurmardini Mandir (open on purnima days every month and during navratras), Shree Hanuman Mandir, Vat Tree planted by Babaji himself (on which devotees tie kerchiefs, thread, etc and pray for a wish), Shree Lakshmi Vinayak Mandir, Yagyashala, Shree Babaji's place of stay, Rath Ghar, Shree Babaji's Samathi (place where babaji is laid to rest), Shree Gauri Nageshwar Mandir, Rishi Markandeya Mandapam Mandir and Shree Hanuman Murti.
In the field of education, the Saktipeeth runs Shivani Vidya Niketan, cutting, tailoring and embroidery training center, Aanganwadi (creche), Shree Sant Nagpal Sanskrit College and Research Center (gurukul) and Shree Sant Nagpal Vocational Training Center, the Sant Nagpal Diagnostic Center is also run by the Shaktipeeth.
History of Chattarpur Temple
The history the Shaktipeeth is woven inextricably around the life of its founder, the great saint Shree Durgacharananuragi Baba Sant Nagpalji, who was so full of modesty that in his lifetime he did not permit his disciples to glorify his name in any manner. Babaji dedicated his entire life for the cause of the nation and for helping the poor and needy persons. "Baba" (as known to his devotees) was born in the state of Karnataka on the auspicious full moon day of the Holi festival on Tuesday the 10th March 1925 (1981 of Vikram Samvat).
Baba became a mendicant and was looked after, taught and trained by sadhus. He travelled all over India visiting various places of pligrimage scattered over the vast expanse of our country, the sweep of his itinerary covered the majestic himalays, the cold Tibetan plateau where the holy Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake are located, the hills and valleys of the north-east and of course, the holy places all over India. He spent several years in Kashmir and then moved over to Durga Ashram near Chattarpur village (now a wing of the Shaktipeeth, about 1 km away) before finally shifting around the mid-seventies to the present site which was then an uneven wasteland covered with wild shrubs and bushes. The way the Saktipeeth has emerged from a scratch into a mini temple town of 70 acres of land in two and half decades is a miracle in itself and a convincing example of maa gurda's grace behind Bajaji's indomitable will and efforts.
This glorious chapter came to an end when his holiness Shri Durgacharanuragi Baba Sant Nagpalji left the confines of his mortal remains and merged with the infinite at five minutes past mid night between the 15th and 16th December 1998.
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How to Reach
Chattarpur Temple is situated on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road near Dr Ambedkar Colony, Chhatarpur.
Nearest Metro Station for Jhandewalan Temple:
- Chattarpur (Yellow Line) less than 1 KM
Parking Available: Yes
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