(Last Updated on : 11/11/2014)
This domed twelve-sided Kalkaji Temple
is devoted to Goddess Kalka Devi, a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. Kalkaji Temple is situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place in South Delhi. The oldest section of the Kalka Ji Mandir dates back to 1734. It is said that the Maratha Rulers ransacked the temple in 1738, after they were defeated by the Mughals in the Battle of Talkatora. Certain changes and restorations were carried out in the mid-19th century by Raja Kedarnath, the treasurer of Emperor Akbar.
Nevertheless, the Kalkaji Temple
carries a modern and contemporary look. The Kalkaji Temple gains considerable importance during the period of Navratri, lasting for nine days. It is believed that even the Pandavas and Kauravas had worshipped at this very temple during the reign of Yudhisthir. A 12-sided structure, Kalkaji Temple has been constructed absolutely out of marble and pumice stone. The entire structure is devoid of any pomposity and comes across as very naïve and simple. Everyday, the idol of the deity is bathed with milk in the morning and an 'aarti' is conducted in the evening. People coming from far, can take the advantage of an inn, known as Kali Dharamshala.
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