Shri Kalkaji Mandir is a famous shrine which is visited by thousands of people every year. It is situated at Kalkaji, Near Nehru Place in Delhi. This is also called ' Manokamna Siddha Peeth ' which literally means that all the desires of the devotees are fulfilled here by the DEITY SHRI MAA KALIKA who has taken this temple as her abode. The Peeth dates back to Satyug when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed 'Raktbeejasur' along with other Giants. Even Lord Krishna had worshipped here with Pandavas not only before going for the battle of 'Kurukshetra' but also after winning the battle.
It is constructed of brick masonry finished with plaster (now with marbles) and is surrounded by a pyramidal tower. The Central Chamber which is 12 sided in plan diam. (24' I.M.) with a doorway in each side is paved with marble and is surrounded by a verandah 8'9" wide and containing 36 arched openings (shown as the exterior doorways in the Parikrama). This verandah encloses the Central Chamber from all sides. About the middle of this arcade opposite the eastern doorway there are two red sandstone tigers sitting on a marble pedestal on which the inscription engraved on the marble railings is repeated. The Fasli era 8821 in which the date is given is unknown. The language of the inscriptions is Urdu and the characters on the railings as well as on the pedestals are nastaliq without any pretensions to antiquity. Between the tigers there is stone image of Kali Devi with her name engraved on it in Hindi, and a trident of stone standing before it.
The temple is situated on the Suryakoota Parvata (ie. Suryakoota Mount) of Aravali Mountain Ranges. That is why we call Maa Kalka Devi (Goddess Kalika) as 'Suryakoota Niwasini', that is one who dwells at Suryakoota. There are two other famous temples in the vicinity of the shrine viz. Lotus Temple and ISKCON Temple. If we go by the map, this shrine is at Kalkaji, the place is known after the temple. The areas adjacent to this shrine are Nehru Place, Greater Kailash, Chittaranjan Park (also known as C.R. Park), East of Kailash, Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Okhla Industrial Area etc.
It is said that Baba Balak Nath of Nath Sampradaya i.e. the kanpata yogis (having rings in the ears) visited this holy place hundreds of years ago. He had the Darshana of Goddess Kalika who asked him to stay here and get the temple constructed at this place.
The temple was ruined as the time passedby. It is believed that the Goddess pleased with the prayers and rituals performed by the Gods on the advice of the Brahma, the creator of the Universe, appeared on this Mount, known as Surya Koota Parvata, and blessed them. Since then Goddess has taken her abode on this holy place and has been fulfilling the wishes of the devotees. During the Mahabharata the Lord Krishna along with the Pandavas worshipped the Goddess for victory in the battle.
From that time onwards the yogis of Nath Sampradaya have been serving the Goddess and are enthroned as Mahant. Baba Sandhya Nath, Baba Sahaja Nath, Mahant Prithvi Nath, Mahant Rama Nath are remembered with great respect. They were renowned yogis of their time empowered with special spiritual powers and visions.
At present, Mahant Surendra Nath Avadhoot is the Gaddinashin Mahant Kalkaji Mandir, who has given new dimensions to the temple funds. He has devoted himself to the cause of the society especially to them who are neglected, helpless, and apartheid. The 'lungar ' i.e. the Bhandara prashada (food) is offered to the devotees both the times. A number of other Projects of social cause like Dispensaries, workshops, Seminars and Medical camps and Free Martial Art Training Program for girls and weaker sections of the society have been initiated by him. Now the temple is not merely the religious place, but also a center of learning and social consciousness devoted to the uplifting of the downtrodden.
Ma Anandmayee Marg,
NSIC Estate, Okhla Phase III,
Kalkaji, New Delhi,
Opening time of the Temple: 04.00 am
Closing time of the Temple: 11.30 pm
5.00 am to 6.30 am (summer)
6.00 am to 7.30 am (winter)
7.00 am to 8.30 pm (summer)
6.30 pm to 8.00 pm (winter)
The Temple remains closed during:
11.30 am to 12.00 pm Everyday (for offering of Prasad to the Deity MAA KALIKA)
03.00 pm to 04.00 pm Everyday (for cleaning)
In favour of: