Kalka Mandir, Delhi

Shri Kalkaji Mandir
Kalka Mandir, Delhi is located in Delhi
Kalka Mandir, Delhi
Location in Delhi
Country India
LocationKalkaji Mandir (Delhi Metro) South Delhi
SanctumKali- काली, Kalka - कालका
Major festivalsNavratri नवरात्रि महोत्सव
ArchitectureHindu temple architecture
Number of temples1
Date builtSat Yuga सतयुग

Kalkaji Mandir, also known as Kalkaji Temple, is a Hindu mandir or temple, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. This temple (mandir) is situated in the southern part of Delhi, India, in Kalkaji, a locality that has derived its name from the temple and is located opposite Nehru Place business centre. The temple is accessible by public transport on Kalkaji Mandir (Delhi Metro) and is near Nehru Place bus terminus and Okhla railway station.[1][2][3] The general belief is that the image of the Goddess Kalka here is a self-manifested one, and that the shrine dates back to Satya Yuga when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed the demon Raktabija along with other giant demons.

Kalka Mandir also known as Kalkaji mandir is a famous Hindu mandir, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali, located in the Delhi, India, near nehru place.

General information

Kalka or Kalkaji Mandir is amongst the oldest and the most revered temples of India.[citation needed] The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kalka or Kali, an incarnation of Durga. It is also called Jayanti Peetha or Manokamna Siddha Peetha. "Manokamna" literally means desire, "siddha" means fulfillment, and "peetha" means shrine. So, it is believed to be the holy shrine where one gets the blessings of Maa Kalika Devi (Goddess or Mother Kalika) for the fulfillment of one's desires.

The temple complex is situated on the Delhi Metro between the Nehru Place bus terminus and business center and Okhla railway station and industrial area, and is right beside the Bahá'í Lotus Temple. Close to the temple, on a hill in the east of Kailash neighbourhood and near the ISKCON temple, lies an Edict of Ashoka, dating from the 3rd century BC.

Devotees attend the Kalkaji temple throughout the year, but the culmination point of their prayers and celebration is during the festival of Navratri twice a year. This is a nine-day Hindu festival, in spring and autumn, during which a large fair is organised. Devotees gather and sing hymns and songs praising the Goddess Durga.