New Delhi: There is no shortage of historical places in Delhi and Kalkaji temple holds a very special place among them .It is believed that devotees never go empty handed from here.

Kalkaji temple is situated in South Delhi, near Nehru Place. Devotees throng here round the year and not only during the Navratra festival.

This ancient temple has got mention in mythology as well.

According to the mythology, Maa Kaushiki incarnated from Maa Parvati’s mouth whereas Maa Kalka incarnated from Maa Kaushiki’s eyebrows to kill demon Raktabeej.

It is also mentioned in Mahabharata that Pandavas prayed here before and after the Mahabharata war with Lord Krishna.

According to the ancient anecdotes, it is believed that after bestowing blessings upon Pandavas, ‘Maa’ disappeared.

Later the goddess appeared in Baba Balaknath’s dream and then this temple was built. After this incident, the practice of appointing abott was started by Naath sect.

According to mythology, there are proofs that present structure of the temple was laid down around 1764.
Later in the year 1816, one of the courtiers of King Akbar Mirza Raja Kedar Nath got some portions of the temple constructed.

Presently, there are 12 gates in the temple which represent 12 zodiac signs. This temple also has its architectural importance. Situated on Aravali hills, it is built in such a manner that the first and the last sun rays of the Sun fall on the forehead of Maa’s idol.

According to one of the priests of the temple, Surendra Nath Avdoot, unlike other temples, Kalkaji temple remains open for 24 hours for devotees, even during eclipses, and it is closed only for cleaning and for performing some rituals.

 

JPN/Bureau