Chattarpur Mandir/Temple or Shree Adhya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir has the second largest temple complex in India after Akshardham Temple and was established by Baba Sant Nagpal ji in 1974.
Overview of Chattarpur Mandir:
The entire complex of the Chattarpur Mandir/Temple is spread over a wide area of 70 acres. The temple is entirely made up of white marble and its architectural technique and model are inspired by South Indian Temples.
There are Over 20 big and small temples within entire Chattarpur Mandir/Temple complex that are dedicated to various deities (gods), but there are 2 most important and famous temples.
1. One of the temples is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, the sixth avatar of Goddess Durga which opens only during the ‘ashtami’ every month and during the festival of “Navratri”.
2. Another one is dedicated to Maha Gauri and this temple is open for devotees everday.
Chattarpur Mandir/Temple complex also has temples dedicated to Radha-Krishna, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman.
History of Chattarpur Mandir:
According to a mythological story, once a Kaitayan Rishi (a sage) did Tapasya(strict penance) of Durga Devi. Durga Devi was pleased by that Tapasya(strict penance) and appeared in front of him and said that whatever boons you want, you must ask for it.
After that Katiyana Rishi told Devi that he wants Durga Devi to take birth in his house as his daughter. He wishes to be her father. The Goddess was pleased to hear these word of the sage(Rishi) and gave it a boon to him.
Devi Durga was born as a Katyayana daughter in the house of the Rishi and from that time the incarnation of the Devi Durga is called the Katayyani Devi Avatar.
So this temple is dedicated to Katyayani Devi only who was an avatar(incarnation) of Devi Durga.
Sant Baba Nagpal Ji:
He was a devotee of Devi Durga. After traveling all around the country he finally decided to make a temple of Katyayani Devi in chattarpur in mid-1970s.
How to reach Chattarpur Temple/Mandir ?
Chattarpur Temple is situated 1 km from Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, in South Delhi and is about 4-5 km away from famous monument Qutub Minar. One can reach this marvelous temple easily by bus, taxi or metro, the nearest metro station is Chattarpur Metro station which is about 1 km away from the temple area.
Entry to visit this beautiful temple is free of cost and it takes about 2 to 3 hours to view the whole temple complex.
The temple is open for all days of the week and the timing to visit the temple is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other Important Details
1. The main shrine of Goddess Katyayani is open to disciples only for the period of Navratri.
2. There is a museum inside the complex which is devoted to Baba Sant Nagpal Ji.