Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Incredible India - Temples in Delhi

As part of Incredible India series, this post is for some incredible temples located in New Delhi, India.
Incredible temples located in New Delhi include Chhatarpur TempleLotus TempleBirla temple (LaxmiNarayan temple) and Akshardham temple.
Chhatarpur Temple and within its complex and vicinity, there are some beautiful architected temples. Chhatarpur Temple is located on Gurgaon-Mehrauli Road, in South Delhi. Temple is having easy access by buses, autos, metro and taxis from New Delhi city.

Erected in white marble, the main shrine is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani (sixth form of Durga). The temples within the complex of Chhatarpur Temple have been built in both South as well as of North Indian style of temple architecture.
The Temple is spread over an area of ~70 acres including number of structures dedicated to each deity. Near main entrance, there is an ancient tree, which is covered with holy threads that people tie with belief that their wishes would be fulfilled.

Lotus Temple is another incredible architecture, which is at times referred as modern times Taj Mahal.  Temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples. Built in 1986, lush green landscaped gardens add up to its beauty. 


Lotus Temple is located in east side of the city. Structure is made up of pure white marble and its architect Fariborz Sahba chose lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam
Birla Mandir in New Delhi is also known as Laxminarayan Temple. Temple was built by the industrialst J.K. Birla in 1939. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). 

This beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes will be allowed to enter the temple.
Akshardham temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. The temple, at the center of the complex, was built according to the Vastu Shastra and Pancharatra Shastra
The building was inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham. 

As part of Incredible India series, I had earlier shared blog posts on Karnataka Road TripQutub MinarGolconda Fort & Humayun's Tomb.