The national capital of Delhi is replete with historical monuments along with Parliament House, India Gate, and many other iconic structures. Delhi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. However, the city also has a spiritual side due to numerous temples which are visited by devotees in huge numbers all year round. These temples are a blend of architecture, serenity, culture, and high spiritual value. [
The top 10 temples, which are a must-visit in Delhi, have been listed here.
Hanuman Mandir is located in Connaught Place. This is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, which is believed to have been originally constructed during the Mahabharata era. The temple was rebuilt by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724. The idol of Lord Hanuman self manifested in it. The striking feature is the ceiling, which has numerous images of Lord Ram.
Akshardham Temple is located on NH 24. Akshardham Temple is dedicated to Hindu saint Swaminarayan Akshardham. The temple is an architectural marvel and has been constructed entirely of marble and pink sandstone. The temple features 234 ornate pillars and 220 statues of various saints including the 3.4 metre high statue of the main deity. The complex has lush green gardens along with a theatre and hall.
Shri Kilkari Bhairav Temple
Shri Kilkari Bhairav Temple is located near Pragati Maidan. This temple is believed to have been built by Pandavas. Bheem, one of the Pandavas, is believed to have worshipped in this temple. The temple has two sections. The Doodhiya Bhairav temple is where milk is offered to the deity, and the Kilkari Bhairav Temple is where alcohol is offered to the deity. However, alcohol is not sold in the temple and must be brought by the devotees themselves.
Shri Digambar Jain Temple
Shri Digambar Jain Temple is located near Red Fort at Chandni Chowk. Jain merchants constructed the temple in 1656 on the land granted by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The temple is constructed of red stone. This is a double-storied structure. The main deities are present on the top floor. Statues of various Tirthankars are housed in three chambers. A pillar of honor called Manastambha is located in front of the temple.
Gauri Shankar Mandir
Gauri Shankar Mandir is located on the main Chandni Chowk road. The temple is believed to have been constructed by a Maratha soldier who had vowed to construct a temple if he survived a major battle. The Shiv Linga present in the temple is 800 years old. Apart from the Shiv Linga, the temple also has idols of Lord Shiva, Devi Parvati, and their sons Ganesh and Kartikeya. The idols are decked with gold jewelry.
Chhattarpur Mandir is located in Chhatarpur, South Delhi. This is a huge temple complex covering an area of 70 acres built in 1974 by Baba Sant Nagpal. The presiding deity of the temple is Devi Katyayani. A total of 20 temples dedicated to other Hindu gods such as Ram, Ganesha, Shiva, Laxmi, and Radha Krishna are present in the complex. The 100ft tall idol of Hanuman is the striking feature of the temple. The temple architecture is a blend of North and South Indian styles.
Lotus Temple is located in Kalkaji. The lotus shape of the temple, with its 27 lotus petals made of marble, makes it a unique temple. This is a Bahai temple and is open to people of all religions. There are no idols in the temple but a massive prayer hall to sit and meditate. 9 doors are present in the temple, which open to the hall.
Yogmaya Temple is located at Mehrauli. This temple is dedicated to Devi Yogamaya, an incarnation of Devi Durga. Believed to have been built by Pandavas, the temple has stood the test of times for 5000 years. The main idol of the goddess is made of black stone and is kept in a marble well. The temple is made of marble, although originally, it was constructed of red sandstone.
Kali Bari is a temple dedicated to Devi Kali, which is located in CR Park. The temple was built in 1984, and the temple architecture is the Bengali terracotta style with a chala roof. Apart from the main temple of Devi Kali, the temple complex also has smaller temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Radha-Krishna.
Jhandevalan Mandir is located on Jhandevalan road near Karol Bagh. The temple is dedicated to Devi Jhandewali. Badri Das built it in the 18th century after he found an idol of the goddess at the same spot where the temples stand today. The temple has two levels. The upper level houses the idols of Ma Jhandevali, Ma Kali, and Ma Saraswati, while the lower level is for performing rituals.