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.


Description:


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 battle.
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.

Devi 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.

Kalkali Temple timings
The portals of Mata Kalka’s temple open at 4 AM for the darshan and shuts at 10 PM everyday.