Location: Kalkaji, New Delhi
One of the dominant features of the Indian heritage is the presence of myriad temples that hold utmost importance for the Hindus all over the country. Our capital city also boasts of a number of ancient Hindu temples that were constructed hundreds of years ago. Talking about ancient temples in Delhi, the first name that strikes my mind is that of Kalka Ji temple.
The temple is the abode of Goddess Kalka, popularly known as Maa Kaali, an avatar of Goddess Durga. The shrine of Goddess Kali is said to be the self-manifested one and dates back to the Satya-Yuga, the time when the Goddess had incarnated to kill the demon Raktabija. Legend has it that Lord Krishna and the Panadavas have worshipped the Goddess at this shrine during the time of Mahabharata. The temple is said to have built in 1764 AD but the present structure was constructed in the early 20th century with the contributions from the devotees.
The structure of the temple is made up of marble and black pumice stones. It is a twelve sided structure with a verandah that encloses the main complex on all sides. The black stone inside the structure denotes Goddess Kali. The temple complex is a simple structure with hardly any ostentation. Kaali Dharamshala in the temple premises was built specially for the convenience of the visitors and their accommodation.
Crores of devotees visit the Kalka Ji temple every year with utmost devotion. But the peak point is during the Navratri festival when the temple is blooming with celebrations. The entire complex is decked up like a bride and a grand fair is organized at the temple. The shrine is also popular as “Manokamna Siddha peetha” meaning wish fulfilling shrine. This shrine attracts visitors from all over the country, some of whom come here to get their wishes fulfilled and some just to meditate and pray for the blessings of Maa Kaali.
Timings: 4 AM- 11.30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Closed from: 11.30 am- 12 pm and 3 pm- 4pm
Entry: Free and open to all