(Last Updated on : 11/11/2014)
Built in South Indian style of architecture, the Chattarpur Mandir complex in New Delhi is spread over a large area with manicured lawns and gardens. Though devotees visit the temple throughout the year, during the Navratri months, people flock from far and near; special bus services are made available due to the rush hour. The cluster includes other shrines of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh.
Impressionistic of a modern architecture, the Chattarpur Mandir
is build entirely out of marble. It is believed that tying a thread around a tree located inside the temple premises, will grant the desired wishes of the faithful. The South Indian style of masonry is evident in the development of the 'Dravida Desam'. The 'Vimana'-a tall pyramidal tower consisting of several progressively smaller storeys that stands on a square base, and the 'Gopurams' bear proof of the distinctiveness of the temple's architecture. The Gopuram has two storeys separated by a horizontal moulding. The 'Prakara' or the outer wall, envelops the main shrine as well as the other smaller shrines and the tank. The Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Vijayanagar rulers and the Nayaks-all contributed to the southern style of temples.