The capital city is famous for so much that tourists from all over the country and world flock to the city for its gorgeous sights! Delhi’s temples pretty much top that list. With architecture and stories that will take you back in time, these temples not only throw off some amazing positive vibes, but also enrich you with the rich culture and heritage that the city possesses. So if stepping out for some religious detoxing is your agenda for the day, then this is your guide.
‘Akshardham’ translates to divine abode of God. The mandir is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism. It was inaugurated and opened, after much skilled work, in 2005.
Fact: More than 300,000,000 volunteer hours went into making the complex and over 8000 volunteers from across the world participated in building it.
Nearest metro: Akshardham metro
Mandir timings: Thursday to Sunday – 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
Also known as Laxmi Narayan temple, the Birla Mandir is a world famous tourist spot and a major attraction. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (the preserver) and was built by Industrialist Sh. J.K. Birla in 1939.
Fact: The Birla Mandir was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all castes will be allowed to enter inside the temple.
Nearest metro: R.K. Ashram Marg
Mandir timings: 4.30 am – 1.30 pm and 2.3 0pm – 9.00 pm
The Chhattarpur Mandir (Shree Adya Katyayni Shaktipeeth Mandir Trust) was founded in the 1970’s and has now become a renowned pilgrimage centre, visited by devotees from all parts of the country. The Mandir offeres exquisite architecture techniques both from the North and South.
Fact: The Mandir, spread over an area of approximately 70 acres, has a number of structures, separate as well as combined, dedicated to each deity with large halls for congregation of devotees.
Nearest metro: Chhattarpur metro
Mandir timings: 4.00 am to 11.00 pm
Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir
Founded in 1973, the Kali Mandir has now established itself as one of the most prominent religious centres in Delhi. During festivals, the Kali Mandir is a dream destination for locals as well as tourists, owing to the grand celebration that the temple puts up.
Fact: The elevated pollution free serene huge campus, besides housing three interconnected aesthetically pleasing temples dedicated to Shiva, Dakshina Kali and Radha-Krishna, has halls for cultural functions and discourses, library, tirthashram, homeopathy, naturopathy yoga centres and spaces crafted to accommodate festivals.
Nearest metro: Chittaranjan Park metro
Mandir timings: 4.45 am to 10.00 pm
The Hanuman Mandir, another famous sight of worship, was said to have been first built during Emperor Akbar’s reign. It was reconstructed by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724, around the same time as the Jantar Mantar. The temple has gone through many notable changes and renovations, thus making it one of Delhi’s most loved religious destinations.
Fact: An important feature of the worship at this temple is the 24–hour chanting of the mantra (hymn) “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram”, since August 1, 1964. It is claimed that this continuous chanting has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Nearest metro: Rajiv chowk metro
Mandir timings: 5.00am to 11.00pm
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded in July 1966. ISKCON was personally directed by its Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada, who incorporated seven purposes of ISKCON in the temple documents.
Fact: ISKCON is popularly known as the Hare Krishna Movement, is a worldwide confederation of more than 400 temples, 100 vegetarian restaurants, and a wide variety of community serving projects.
Nearest metro: Nehru Place metro
Mandir timings: Open all days throughout the week with special timings for darshans.
Lotus Temple is one of the prominent attractions of New Delhi. It is close to Nehru Place, one of the busiest commercial hubs in the city. The temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower amidst the lush green landscape that turn up to a pleasant and tranquil ambience. It is a Bahai House of Worship and is open to people from all religions. The Bahaí Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all races and peoples in one universal Cause and one common Faith.
Nearest metro: Kalkaji metro station that falls on the Violet Line route.
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Immerse yourself the powerful spiritual vibrations and feel of these peaceful and serene temples in the city, and find a way to connect your inner self with God.