India is a land of diversity and Delhi being the capital of the country too has enriching history, culture, and traditions to boast. Delhi with its own rooted culture is an amalgamation of different religions. This is one reason why the city celebrates so much!
Currently, the city seems busy with the on-going nine-day long Hindu festival celebration -Navratri days. It is believed that Navratri brings peace and festivity as this pious nine-day are said to be the days of Goddess Durga. Many Hindu followers visit different Durga temples to worship the goddess.
Coming back to the capital city, we'd like to tell you that Delhi is gifted with some really beautiful historic temples which are known for their intricate designs and craft.
So, here's a list of seven temples of Goddess Durga in her different avatars to plan a trip with your family this Navratri!
Jhandewalan temple is located on Jhandewalan road and is one of the oldest and most popular temples in the city. The temple witnesses great footfall every day and the number of visitors increases during Navratri days. This temple is dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti, one of the avatars of Maa Durga. For Navratri celebration, visit this temple to witness special puja.
Kalkaji temple is another famous temple dedicated to the Kali avatar of Maa Durga. It is believed, Kalkaji temple is that old when Pandavas from epic Mahabharata used to worship there. Known as ‘Manokaamna Siddha Peetha’, locals believe that Goddess Kali fulfills every person's wishes by visiting this temple.
Another beautiful temple where Navratri festivity can be observed is Yogmaya Temple. It is dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, the sister of Lord Krishna. The temple situated in Mehrauli is believed to be one of the five surviving temples from the Mahabharata period. Devotees visit this temple in large numbers during Navratri.
The famous Chhattarpur temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. To witness Navratri festivity, this temple should be in your list as it is the second largest temple complex in India situated on the outskirts of Delhi.
Tip: Chhattarpur temple also has a main temple of Maa Katyayani which opens only during Navratri. So, hurry up and plan a trip to this temple soon.
Gufa temple is dedicated to Mata Vaishno Devi and is one of the oldest temples in the city. The main attraction of this temple and the reason of its popularity is the large cave inside the temple. It also has another small cave featuring idols of Goddesses Katyayani, Chintpurni and Jwala Devi.
Sheetla Mata Temple
Located on Sheetla Mata Road, this temple receives large number of devotees during Navratri festivals. Devotees visiting this temple are not allowed to touch the idol but they can just offer flower and prayer to the idol from a distance.
Devi Kamakshi Temple
Another beautifully decorated temple during Navratri days is the temple of Devi Kamakshi. Located near Qutub Institutional area in Delhi, the temple is adorned with flowers and vibrant lights at the time of Navratri. Devotees visit this temple in large numbers to witness the festivity.
Many Hindu followers visit these popular temples in Delhi especially during Navratri to seek Maa Durga's blessings. So, you can also explore these places and enjoy the festival at its best. Happy Navratri!
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