Kalka Ji Mandir
Kalka Ji Mandir:
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.
Dedicated to Kalka Devi (a form of Shakti), Kalkaji Temple is
a highly revered shrine located in the neighbourhood of Kalkaji south Delhi. The temple is situated
close to the popular Lotus Temple, also known
as the Bahai Mandir in South Delhi’s Nehru Place area.
The devotees can easily reach the temple by taking local buses, autos or
the Delhi Metro Rail Service (the
Kalkaji Mandir Metro Station being the nearest). The temple is also referred to
as Jayanti Peetha and Manokamna Siddha Peetha (Manokamna means desire, Siddha
means fulfillment and Peetha means shrine). Therefore, it is a shrine for
fulfillment of desires.
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 temple was ruined as the time passerby. 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.
Mystical story about the temple
There are a few legends and records stating how
Mata Kalka Devi took her abode in the shrine. The story goes like this:
thousands of years ago, the deities used to live in and around the area where
the temple is located.
Two nasty demons would trouble them often, and
thus, forced them to take shelter in the lotus feet of Lord Bramha, the
creator. Bramha directed the deities to goddess Parvati, the divine mother. At
the behest of the deities, pitiful Parvati gave birth to Kaushiki Devi from her
holy mouth, and the latter immediately set out to vanquish the two demons.
As the goddess went about killing the demons, lo
and behold, from the blood of the rogues emerged more demons. To wipe out the demons,
from the third eye of Mata Kaushiki materialised the ferocious form of Mata
Kalika who had her lower lip resting on the ground and her upper lip was
touching the infinite sky. She began drinking the blood of the demons to stop
them from multiplying into more demons.
Soon, the goddess ended their menace and killed
them once and for all. After that event, on being requested by the deities, Ma
Kalika chose to reside in the same region in the form of a pindi, and chose the hill
known as Surya Koota Parvata for her residence. There, the temple of Ma Kalika,
also known as Kalka, is one of the most ancient shrines in India.
worship in the shrine
Festive occasions and auspicious days witness
the presence of large gatherings of devotees waiting in serpentine queues to
catch a glimpse of the goddess. During the Navratri, pilgrims and devotees
throng the shrine for offering worship. The temple authorities organise a fair
around the temple to celebrate the occasion.
On Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays too, the
footfall of devotees is at its peak. There are small shrines of other deities
like Shiva, Hanuman, Ganesha, Lakshmi-Narayan, Bhairon, Sita-Ram and the nine
planets in the temple premises. There is also a hawan shala, a holy Neem tree
and a Tulsi plant in the temple courtyard.
The portals of Mata Kalka’s temple open at 4 AM
for the darshan and shuts at 10 PM everyday.