Kalka Devi Temple

About The Temple

Introductory Note Of Kalka Devi Temple

The locality Kalkaji that lies in the Southern Delhi takes its name from the holy Kalkaji Mandir. The temple dates back in time to the ancient times of the Satya Yuga finds a midway location between the Nehru Place and the railway station of Okhla. Satya Yuga was a phase when mankind was dictated and ruled by the Supreme Being, who took the form of various Gods and Goddesses. The Kalka Devi of this particular temple is the self-manifested representation of the Divine Mother.

Cultural and spiritual highlights of the temple

There are too many shrines to come by, in and around Delhi. But the Kalka Mata Temple is looked up to with pride and reverence. It is one of the most ancient sites that exist in India. If you have wishes to fulfill, then you must make it a point to visit the Jayanti Peetha. The temple presents a domed architecture. The dome consists of as many as twelve different sides. It has an overwhelming presence, and some of the oldest parts of the temple precinct dates back in time to the early eighteenth century. Even in the nineteenth, as well as in the recent century, improvisation projects were carried out, from time to time. The temple is noted for the presence of the ‘Mahants’ saints.

Predominant Deity of the temple

Shri Mata Kalika is the presiding deity. The temple celebrates the incarnated representation of Mata Parvati, who took on the form of Mata Kalika in her war against Raktabeejasur. The temple upholds and celebrates the martial or the fiery aspect of the Mother Goddess. These aspects make way for wish fulfillment of devotees and disciples. Even after fulfilling your wishes, you have to make a Kalka Mata Temple Darshan, in gratitude to the Mata Kalika.

Idol Description at the temple

The modern form of the shrine takes the shape of an octagonal structure. There are eight sides supposed to designate the spirit of Goddess Kalika. You will come across a stone representation of the maternal figure, the Kalka Mata. The centrally located chamber includes the stone-based representation of the Mother Goddess. There are two stone tigers, on her either side. The image is found facing a stone trident.

The temple complex

The presiding deity finds its location in the temple’s central chamber. The chamber consists of twelve different sides. The sides have paving in marble. In fact, the extended complex finds itself enclosed by a pyramidal looking tower. The chamber that happens to be the main fulcrum of attraction has as many as thirty-six arched openings.

Ritualistic nuances at temple

Every temple has a unique set of nuances. Similar is true of this particular temple, where the core nuance is to bathe the presiding deity with milk. After the bathing ritual, the formal offering in arati takes place, followed by the chanting of hymns. Kalka Mata Temple Aarti takes place, at six in the morning. The evening offering takes place at half past seven in the evening. The Brahmin Priests including the Yogi Mahants are found conducting tantric meditation and offering. Devotees get into the meditative groove during the occurrence of the tantric arati. The event generally takes place in the evening.

Special celebrations that take place

The autumnal and springtime festivities of the Navaratra followed by Navami are two of the most sought-after events of the celebration. A special fair is also organized during the springtime festivity of Navaratra. The celebration continues over nine days’ time, with the festivity reaching the feverish peak on Dussera. Devotees come, in large numbers, to offer prayers to the Divine Mother Kalika. Similar enthusiasm is discernible on the New Moon day, ashtami (the eighth day from the New Moon) and Dipavali. But the maximum involvement from devotees and disciples are noticeable during the springtime celebration of Navaratri.

Pilgrimage value of the temple

Visit to this particular temple leads to fulfillment of wishes. The prospect enhances the pilgrimage value of this Jayanti Peetha. It remains open throughout the year. The Kalka Mandir temple Delhi Timings start from six in the morning, and the formal proceedings wind up at ten in the night. But if you have to make the offering; then, you should find out when the formal aarti is offered. The best option is to visit during the offering of the arati.

How To Reach

The Temple is easy to access, and you can use different forms of public transport to reach the holy destination. In fact, the capital city boasts of an extensive network of railway, roadway and airway. You can also use the metro transport facility for your convenience. Since the temple has a centralized location, reaching it, from places far and near is not a big deal.

 

  • By surface transport: The much popular bus terminus at the Nehru Place happens to be the apex of connectivity. Since the temple lies in its vicinity, the terminus adds an edge or two to the connectivity quotients. Local buses are there in the plenty. It is most common access route to the temple
  • By railway: You can use the railway network, running to and from the Okhla-based railway station to reach the holy Kalka Mata Temple. The Delhi Cantonment junction is just nine kilometers away from the holy shrine.
  • Other transport avenues: If you start off from the New Delhi Railway Station or one of the air terminals; then, you can use the car rentals and taxis for accessing the temple precinct. Auto rickshaws are also found connecting the temple to the nearby locations.
  • By Airway: INTL happens to be the closest air terminal connecting the temple to the different parts of the country.

 

Nearby Attractions

The adjoining place is strewn with religiously significant places including Jai Durga Mandir, Jai Shiv Mandir, and Shri Vishwakarma Mandir and Sarv Shakti Mandir. People with religious inclinations will not miss out going to the Hindu Temple of ISKCON. Special mention needs to be made of the Lotus Temple that lies in its vicinity, as well.

  • The architectural brilliance and the pervading serenity of the Bahai Lotus Temple are sure to leave you startled. Once you make it to the Kalkaji Temple, you should make it a point to visit the closely located Lotus Temple. You will surely treasure the intrinsic calmness of the temple precinct for the days to come.
  • The experience seekers and the photography enthusiasts can have a whale of a time in the Apeejay Media Gallery. The latter showcases high-quality photography and creatively inclined experimental works of different kinds.
  • History buffs and curious observers can afford to experience the majestic glories of the Najafgarh located Delhi Darwaja, Kaushal Minar and the fort of Lauri Garh. The monuments bear testimony to the architectural, cultural and the historical exuberance of the capital city.

 

History Of Temple

There is an interesting legend that associates itself to the origin of the Devi Mata (Ma Kalika Devi). The Kalka Mata Temple History goes back in time to the ancient past. Demons were becoming increasingly troublesome, but since Lord Brahma refused to take any action, the responsibility of punishing them was delegated to Devi Parvati. An incarnation by the name of Kaushiki Devi sprung out of Devi Parvati’s Mouth. The incarnation had to battle out heavy odds to win success over the demons.

Kaushiki Devi managed to slaughter the demons, but as bloodshed took place, some more, in fact, thousands of demons came into the being. In this way, the Devi had to put up against heavy obstacles. The leading Goddess Mata Parvati thought of providing added assistance to Kaushiki Devi. In this way, she facilitated the creation of Kalika Devi, who then, sprung out of Kaushiki Devi’s forehead. The hills down below nestled the lower lip of Kalika Devi while her upper lip was in direct contact with the sky.

From that time onwards, the place happens to be the abode of Kalika Devi. Lord Brahma had advised other Gods and Goddesses to pay their obeisance to Kalika Devi. Since then, she has been showering blessings and fulfilling the heartfelt wishes of her followers. During the war of the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna together with the Pandava brothers had also solicited the blessing of the Divine incarnation. The place is also known as the “Manokamna Siddha Peeth”. If you have wishes to fulfill; then you should think of paying obeisance to the Kalika Devi.