Visiting The Chattarpur Temple – Seat of Shree Adya Katyayani

Delhi, the seat of power of consecutive dynasties, has inherited a majestic legacy of some of the most astounding architectural edifices in the form of temples, mosques, gurdwaras, churches, monuments, etc. As the capital of India this multi cultural city, is looked upon as a complete confluence of the traditional and the modern. Delhi also has the distinction of treasuring some of the most splendid temples of India, some of which are ancient, while quite a few are unique creations of architecture of the modern era. Chattarpur Mandir, Akshardham Temple, ISKCON Temple, The Lotus Temple, Kali Bari Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Kalkaji Mandir, are some of the most renowned pilgrimage destinations visited by thousands of devotees and tourists everyday.

Nutan Bhawan

Although all religious places have an equal reverence, there is something distinctive about the Shree Adya Katyayani Shaktipeeth Mandir, popularly known as Chattarpur Mandir, which is located four kms away from the famous Qutab Minar in South Delhi. The Shaktipeeth was established to pay homage to the omnipotent and omniscient Bhagwati Maa Katyayani (Goddess Katyayani is the sixth avtaar of Goddess Durga) and its architectural splendour blends harmoniously with the religious activity on its premises.

It is not the grandeur of its architecture which makes the Shaktipeeth different from the other temples, but the moving spirit of its founder, Shree Durga-chranan-anuragi Baba Sant Nagpal, who dedicated his entire life for the service of the down trodden and the needy people. The Shaktipeeth is unique in that it is founded on the eternal truth in our ancient tradition and their relevance to our own times. Hence it would be pertinent to say a few words about the Revered Baba ji.

Baba jee
Baba ji

Born on March 10, 1925, on the day of the Holi Festival in a small village of Karnataka, Baba lost his parents at a tender age and during the cremation rites of his mother, an unknown lady took the grieving child to the adjacent temple of Mother Goddess and told him that She was the real universal mother, who would always protect him. Thereafter, Baba’s total dedication and surrender to the Divine Mother became a living reality.

The child was looked after, educated and trained by the Sadhus. Baba travelled all over the country and went for pilgrimages to the holy places including the ones in the East and South, the difficult terrains of the Himalayan region and even to Tibetan plateau where the holy Kailash and Mansarovar are located.

He spent many years in the Kashmir valley and then with the guidance of Maa Durga, moved to Delhi, where he constructed a temple in Arjun Nagar and then to Durga Ashram near Chattarpur Village and finally to the present site, which was then an uneven wasteland covered with wild shrubs and bushes.

Front view of the temple

Construction of the temple

The construction of the Chattarpur Temple, one of the most visited temples and a wonder of architecture was started in 1974. The Shaktipeeth designed to the last detail under the passionate and skilful guidance of Baba, started taking shape and devotees started gathering around him. Baba’s charismatic personality and compassionate nature aided by his straight forward message of removing the veil of superstition and ignorance from the minds of the common man had a great effect on the masses of the area. Baba’s mission to reveal to them the Sanaatan Dharma in its true and undistorted form with a view to spread the message of brotherhood, tolerance and patriotism attracted more and more people, who were willing to provide not only the financial support but also the physical labour required for building of the temple.

With The Divine Mother’s grace, plots were purchased in phases (in some cases, some of the devotees gifted their small land holdings), all charges paid for along with requisite registration.

While the construction of the temple complex was progressing, Baba’s “Matri Parivar”, as he called the devotees, grew at a phenomenal pace. The Shaktipeeth soon became a popular place of pilgrimage, which devotees from all over the world started visiting and this tiny unknown village soon became a mini temple – town.

Baba was totally averse to personal glorification of any kind. As a result, nowhere in the temple precincts can one find any placard, label or indication mentioning any individual for contributions. Narrow considerations of colour, caste, creed, region, social and economic status, etc have no place in the temple precincts. The rich, the mighty, the poor, the down trodden all sit together, worship and eat together, as children of the Benevolent Mother, Katyayani Devi.

Any commercial activity or profit motive in any of the activities or services in the Shaktipeeth were totally banned by Baba. The worshippers are not required to pay any thing for devotional service (Pooja), nor are the priests permitted to accept anything for themselves or for the temple. The authorities encourage voluntary donations only in the form of cheques, drafts or credit card transfers. No one is authorised to take cash. Those who wish to give offerings in cash have to drop them in the donation boxes kept at various places to ensure the voluntary character and anonymity. These boxes are opened in the presence of a specified number of committee members and duly accounted for.

I was amazed to learn that despite the fact that large sums were required for the construction and upkeep of the Shaktipeeth, just before the commencement of Navratras, Baba used to send offerings to other temples for construction, renovation work. We were told that Baba provided financial and technical help not only to the temples like Jwala ji, The Chintpoorni Temple, Kangra ji, Baijnath, but also sent contributions to some of the well known Muslim places of worship. No wonder then Baba was revered not only by the Hindus but also by the followers of other faiths.

While the construction of temple was progressing and the throng of devotees was multiplying, the unending hard work started telling on Baba’s health. I was told that by the beginning of 1993, Baba had to be given oxygen for long durations and thereafter constantly. It was only through Ma Durga’s grace that despite such serious ailments, Baba, moving about a wheel chair, kept on monitoring the growth of the temple, till he breathed his last on mid night between December 15 and 16, 1998.


To pay homage to the Baba, the place where he resided during construction of the temple (Matri Chaya complex) was converted into a museum. It has been preserved exactly as it was in use during Baba’s lst days.

The tour of the temple

On July 25, 2008, we reached Chattarpur at ten in the morning. Being a rainy working day, the normal throng of devotees was missing. With a view to collect some basic information and to understand the layout plans of this massive complex spread over seventy acres of land, we contacted the Public Relations office (housed in the Matri- Chaya complex) and to our delight the attending personnel gave us information about the founder of the temple, the location of various temples and other edifice connected with the temple.

Main Temple

The grandeur of the Nutan Bhawan complex located close to the Matri Chaya was so astounding that we started walking towards the building, climbed the stairs and reached the Temple of Shree Vinayak and Maa Mahalakshmi.

Shree Vinayak and Maa Mahalakshmi

The architecture of the temple bears the stamp of the South Indian style of construction which is distinctively attractive. The priest on duty very kindly tied an ‘angrakshak” thread around our wrists and after passing through a huge hall ornamented with some awesome architectural designs, we reached close to the deities made of silver, paid our obeisance and were taken to the massive dining hall, where thousands of the devotees are seated and fed at one time. We were also shown the spacious kitchens, where food is cooked, first offered to Maa Annapurna and then distributed amongst the devotees as “prasada”. We were told that on the days of full moon (Purnima), all the days of Navratras, festival days (Shivratri, Janamashtami, Guru Purnima, etc) and on some special occasions, free meals are served in the dining hall. Don’t be surprised if I tell you that on each day of the Navratras, more than one lac visitors are served food. You can imagine the magnanimity of the stupendous effort behind these arrangements.

After passing through the “Yagyashala” (perhaps the biggest I have seen), where havans are performed everyday during the Navratras and on all the Sundays, we went to the main temple complex. At the entrance, there is a “Kalpa Vriksha”, planted by Baba at the time of Bhoomi Poojan. Devotees tie colored threads and bangles on the branches of this colorful and decorated tree. The common belief is that by tying threads and bangles the desires of the individuals will be fulfilled.

Kalpa Vriksha (Wish Tree)

A small information–cum-reception centre is located by the side of the decorated kalpa tree. Seeing the huge marvel of architecture in front of us, reflecting different architectural styles of the various regions of the country and not knowing where to start, we decided to take the help of the Reception Officer. He very kindly briefed us about the various temples and at our request agreed to send a volunteer, who would take us around and provide the requisite information. We were heading towards the white marble buildings offset by lush greenery, which transported us to a different realm altogether. The main shrine, with its ‘vimanas’ and ‘gopurams’ appeared to be transmitting poetry in stone.

We entered a large hall in the Shiva Mandir, which houses the statues of Shree Sankatmochan Hanuman, Ram Darbar consisting of Lord Shree Ram along with his consort, Sita and younger brother Lakshman and their inseparable devotee Shree Hanuman ji sitting at his feet. The last section mounted the deities of Lord Krishna and Radha ji. After paying our obeisance there, we climbed up the spiral stair case to enter the magnificent white marbled temple of Mother Goddess Maa Durga in the form of Ma Katyayani.

Prayer Hall

The attending priest told the devotees the various forms of Shakti, the Mother Goddess, who was commonly referred to as Sati, Parvati, Devi, Kali, Durga and Katyayani. Shakti was the wife of Lord Shiva and the goddess of wisdom. She helped guide Shiva in his sacred tasks and decisions. While the priest was describing the powers of the goddess, for a minute a thought came to my mind relating to the contribution of the women in most of the Indian households, where their guidance and support alone is virtually responsible for the smooth running of the household affairs.

Although it would be relevant to talk about the various forms of Divine Mother, owing to space constraints, I will restrict my description to Ma Katyayani only. According to the legend, there was a great sage called Kata. His son was known as Katya. In his lineage, Katyayana became a sage of worldwide repute. He practised austere penance for several years in order to propitiate the Mother Goddess. He cherished a keen desire to have the Goddess in the form of his daughter. The Divine Mother was pleased to accede to his request.

After sometime when the high-handedness of a demon called, Mahishasura became unbearable, the Trinity of gods – Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva got infuriated and they created a goddess by apportioning to her some part of their splendour with a view to destroy the demon. The popular belief is that since the sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, she was called Katyayani.

Maa Katyayani

In the temple, two forms of Goddess Durga are commemorated. One shrine, located on the first floor, is dedicated to Maha Gauri (form of Durga), which is open for ‘darshan’ every day. Another shrine is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani (also known as Mahishasur-mardini), where the devotees are allowed only on the day of ‘ashtami’ in each month. It is only during the Navratras that the ‘darshan’ of Goddess Katyayani can be had throughout the nine days.

During the time of Navratras, thousands of people throng the temple. To control such massive crowds of devotees, Markandeya Mandapam serves as a holding area for the large crowds who pour in round the clock to have the darshan of the Divine Mother. From the parking lot itself, they form into a line that passes through the Mandapam in channelized pathways and then to the subway (to safely cross the crowded main road) from where they enter the main Temple complex.

The image of Katyayani Devi is placed in a big hall, which can also be reached from the hall of prayers. The gilded image of Goddess Katyayani is always dressed in rich clothes with striking jewellery and elaborate garland of flowers. The golden image of Katyayani attracts the attention of devotees with its huge size and sheer divinity

Beside of the temple of Katyayani Devi, there are two rooms that are meant to be the Goddess’ rooms. The magnificent living room has tables and chairs made of silver, while the other room regarded as the ‘Shayan Kaksha’ (Bed Room), has a bed, dressing table and table, all made of silver.

Lord Shiva’s Trishul

Having completed the tour of the main complex, we crossed over to the other side of the main road and entered the main gate of Markandeya Mandapam Complex. The moment we entered the complex, we saw the lofty and imposing Trishul (Trident) of Lord Shiva standing on the back of the tortoise symbolizing the ‘Prithvi Tatva” (the solidarity –principle represented by the Earth). The other two “tatvas” are the Jal (Ocean – the liquidity principle) and Aakash (Sky – the ether-principle of the Creation).


As it was drizzling, we quickly passed through the Rath-Griha, which houses the Mother’s huge ceremonial chariot and reached Baba’s Samadhi, from a clean and beautiful flanked with well kept garden on both sides. Baba’s Samadhi is an astounding structure, where his mortal remains rest in everlasting peace.

Rath Bhawan

Shree Naageshwar Temple

The Samadhi is directly below the Shree Nageshwar Temple on the first floor. Here the Shiva-Linga rising above the Shesh Nag coiled around, represents symbolically the immortal Eternal Creator, rising above, unaffected by the fatal coils of the Time-principle, which represent the changing transient universe.

The rain gods were probably in no mood to relent and after spending half an hour in the covered area of the Samadhi enjoying the vast expanse of the splendidly maintained lawns, we decided to move on.

Large Lawns

On the right of the Samadhi, we find the multi purpose Markandey Mandapam, built over an area of around 60,000 sq. feet, which can accommodate large audiences for discourses and jagrans (night long satsang).

By the side of the Mandapam, stands in splendor, the statue of Shree Hanuman (around 100 feet high), silently blessing the devotees.

Sankatmochan – Jai Hanuman

Shaktipeeth Today

The vacuum created by the passing away of the Baba is almost impossible to fill. The Shaktipeeth is now run by a Board of Trustees (numbering nine, two of which are “Life Trustees”, while all the other trustees are elected). The board is supported by a team of 64 members, who are also elected members. There are around 30 priests and 200 employees to take care of the day to day affairs of the temple.

Shaktipeeth runs three educational / vocational institutions for the needy children from the rural hinterland, where no fee is charged – the Shivani Vidya Niketan, a primary school has around 400 students, the Shree Sant Nagpal Vocational Training Institute and the Shree Sant Nagpal Sanskrit Mahavidyala and Research Centre. .

Further down the road, a well equipped, Diagnostic Centre and a small dispensary run by the trust provides free medicines to needy patients. There is another building close to Hanumanji’s statue called “Gole Bhawan” which is made available to the public for family functions or congregations.

Banquet Hall

Besides their contribution in the field of education and medical facilities, the Shaktipeeth has contributed generously towards social causes during the Kargil war and other national catastrophes.

Nearby attractions include Alai-Darwaza, Quwwatul-Islam Mosque – built by Qutubuddin Aibak, in the Qutub Minar complex right in front of the Minar, the famous 1500 years old Iron Pillar, located in the same complex, Alai Minar – a victory tower made of red sandstone, the mosque and the tomb of Iltutmish – built in 1235 by Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish. On a clear day, on the way back from the temple, these places are well worth a visit.

Thank you for being with me on this rather longish journey.

  • Dear Ram,

    That is another wholesome treat from your stable, covering everything from the background of Babaji to the architectural details to mythology to the current state. I have had the privilege to be there a couple of times (first probably in 1999) and undoubtedly the place is one of the highlights of Delhi.

    Our group was bestowed upon with a few copies of Durga Shaptashati published by the Peeth, which we still treasure. In this the body of text on the background of Durga Mahima is so profound and multilayered and the entire Sanskrit verses are accompanied with a lyrical translation in the common language.

    We have been unsuccesssfully planning to visit the place from quite sometime, but before we succeeded you took us around.

    It is an honour to know that Brahmleen baba ji contributed to the causes of other religions as well. So actually this complex is so much in contrast from other older places in that vicinity, which were built ostensibly as the monuments of religious conquests.

    Thanks for the Punyapradayini-Mokshadayini Yatra.


  • sarva

    Dear uncle,

    Thanks for providing us with a wonderful darshan.

    Its been more than 3 years since I last visited the temple. When I was a young boy, we as a family used to visit the temple during navratra’s and my father used to say no one must use perfume because babaji is allergic to it. Babaji is using oxygen mask to avoid further damage to his health.

    My father used to tell me that babaji deployed money in educational institutions and other expansion of the temple, due to regular harassement / extortion calls. Whenever donations accumalate he would immediately think of ways to use that money.

    I became quite emotional after reading your post.

  • I have heard about ‘Chhatarpur’ temple numerous times and I always thought that probably there is a group of old temples which people visit. My mother has been there, I guess couple of times.

    After reading your post, I realized that my mental-picture was altogether different. From the pics, it looks like a modern establishment which goes much beyond the usual pray-n-pray temples. Its so encouraging to know that these trusts are contributing so much for overall development, helping the society in general and not limiting themselves to just pure worship.

    So big thanks for sharing such a beautifully written post on the temple, especially for religiously challenged people like me.

    As always, you are so thorough, pucca kaam !!


    Visits to the temples are always”Long jouneys” for which we should be grateful to you ibstead of you thanking us for this strayway to Heaven. Having moved to Gurgaon,after almost 40 years in Mumbai & UK, I have visited the place quite often along with my family. My favourite niche is the small Hanuman s Murti just before coming out of the place. But the history was worth knowing.With your detailed info, and your style, you should do some of the south temples. Ram ,you really are the Ram doing a devotees job. God bless U.

  • Most respectful Sethi Sahib,

    I am deeply touched by your very kind and generous remarks. I am overwhelmed to the extent that I am just not in a position to find appropriate words to convey my gratitude for your generosity.

    Sir, as per your wishes I will definitely endeavour to write a post on some of the South Indian Temples. A very close friend from USA comes to India every year to visit Velankani. I will plan a visit along with him and try to cover some of the other places too.

    Thank you very much for your most encouraging words and kind blessings.

  • Rajeev,

    I am grateful to you for your kind words of encouragement.

    I am glad that we have amongst the “ghumakkar” family, a person who is so well versed with the religious places and has done some of the very difficult pilgrimages too.

    Please keep on enlightening us with your posts and views.

  • Dinesh Sharma

    Dear Ram Sir,

    This review is the most pious review, I studied in my life. I am the Maa Durga devotee I am very thankfull to you that you are motivating the youth to understand that these are not only the GOd worship places but also the places from where you can start the social worship too. The content of this post gives us the architectural, devotional, historical & educational (means complete) review of the temple Above all The most touching & valuable thought (While the priest was describing the powers of the goddess, for a minute a thought came to my mind relating to the contribution of the women in most of the Indian households, where their guidance and support alone is virtually responsible for the smooth running of the household affairs.)

    Ram Sir, Eagerly waiting for the next post.


  • Sarva,

    I am very glad to note that through this humble submission you were able to recall your memories of visits to Chattarpur.

    Yes, Baba was indeed a great visionary. I am in total agreement with you that we have all kinds of socio-economic pressures at such massive projects. But the fact remains that whatever Baba has created despite his challenging health in the last few years of his life, is a great gift to the humanity, which will be cherished for generations.

    Please do keep on sharing your views, if possible, regularly.


    As usual, like your posts, your comments are forthright, crisp and encouraging. Thank you very much.

  • Neerja Dhall

    Dear Ram,
    Iam absolutely enchanted and enlightened on reading your post. Must say that your posts are most passionately awaited and followed as the way you deep dive into history makes the story comes alive and makes it an exciting read for a reader.
    You have a natural knack to write narratives and again do justice to your talent by producing another piece of art.
    Although, being a Delhite I have been to Chattarpur temple several times but today I realized how little I knew about the place.It was just another rather imposing architectural wonder for me but today I have understud and absorbed the history and story behind the same.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!!

  • Geetha Saravanan

    Dear Ram uncle,

    I had no idea before that the Chattarpur mandir was so extensive. Your post brings out really well… the vast extent of the temple, not only in physical area covered and architectural magnificience but also the magnanimity of the whole organisation. The journey you’ve taken us on was long but written in such a beautiful lucid manner that we can understand the facts, features and history very easily. I’ve usually considered temples only of ancient origins capable of such ornate architecture and appreciation. This story shows how limited by knowledge is.
    Thankyou for such a wonderful darshan. It also gives me pleasure to note the cleanliness of the place.

  • Patrick Jones

    A wholesome treat. Ram Dhall is himself again.

    Though heard of it and passed by, never been there and like Nandan, thought its an old complex.

    Well done, Ram.

  • Thanks Dinesh ji for your heart warming comments.

    What I said about the contribution of the Matri Shakti in our country is a plain fact of life. The amount of sacrifices and efforts they make to keep the households in order is simply unparallel. Practically in every house, they are the first to get up in the morning and are the last to retire to bed and that too, after ensuring the orderly preparedness for the next day. So be it the Gods or the commoners, the interdependence factor is inevitable. Thats why one of the forms of Lord Shiva is that of Ardhnarishwar.

    Neerja: Thanks for your encouraging words. I am happy that you found the post informative. Knowing well that you undertake a lot of travel, It would be a joy if you share some of your experiences.

  • Sudhir

    I am speechless ! I have been to Chattarpur mandir about 7 seven years back. But going through your detailed description, I felt as if I was visiting it now for the first time. Have a lot to learn from you. Thanks for sharing and taking us along with you.

  • renjith


    I used to pass through chattarpur for 7 yrs…..on the way to home. I have been to temple several times..

    As always……the way you put it forward looks like…i never went there..

    No words to express the feeling…….i completed 1 yr in Bangalore..but really missing all the good/bad abt delhi

    specially missing ur way of working

  • Your grand posts always nothing less than fascinates me…more than the picturesque description what I like is the effort you put behind each of your posts and the minor details, which you portray so beautifully…your spiritual side is so strong & wonderful…lovely viewing the temple photos along with the very lucid narrations…Excellent stuff!

  • Kalyan Da,

    I am deeply touched by your kind and generous words.

    Such encouraging remarks from a scholar of your standing could be a great honour for any one.

    I have no words to thank you.


    Thank you for such supportive remarks. I am glad that you found it a good reading.

    Yes, we also miss you. May God be with you.

  • Patrick: Your one liner always provides the much desired fodder for the hungry souls to do still better.

    I will endeavour to live up to your expectations.

    Geetha: Like Patrick, you have always been a great source of encouragement to me. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Navin

    Dear Ram Sir,

    The precise and meticulous description of the Marvellous Temples is absolutely Fantastic. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • Sudhir and Navin: Thank you vey much for your very kind remarks.

  • Barathi

    Dear Sir,

    Really very nice to read your article. The presentation is so good no words to describe. I feel I have visited the place mentally because while reading you take us together from the entrance to exist. Your a keen obsever. The temple is marvellous. Baba is really great!


    In every post, I come to know a lot but this post is more important for me. I have visited this temple 3-4 times but I was not aware of their social and educational contributions of the Temple Trust. I would like to share something with the other readers. This time I got an opportunity to go to the temple with the author to meet the CEO of the temple for acquiring more information about the temple. That was a rainy day and in the heavy rain and traffic jam, he didnt postpone his program and reached the temple on the appointed time. It shows how much hard work he puts in to provide us such useful information and makes it, just a click away from us. Thank you very much Ram Sir for this splendid piece of work. Please keep it on and bless us with such other informative posts

  • manish khamesra

    Ram Uncle,

    Its a beautiful, very informative and a pious piece of writing. In-fact I felt a light heart feeling, that you have after a visit to a deeply religious and pious places :)

    And thanks for your lines on MatriShakti and more elaboration on it. I agree that our Mother, Wife, Sisters and daughters do deserve that applaud :)

  • Ram Dhall


    Thanks for your kind words. I am glad that the post was to your satisfaction.


    As a matter of fact, I owe you thanks. I am sure but for your company, I would not have been able to reach the temple on that stormy day. My grateful thanks for joining me.

    I am glad that you found the post informative.

  • Col Naresh Chander

    Any arrangement to stay at temple for a group of 50+ ??????

  • Dear Col. Naresh Chander,

    The temple does have a huge Dharamshala for use of the devotees.

    I just spoke to Mr. Bishamber Singh, Administrative Officer (Tel No. 011-26802925, 26803115). For more details and bookings, you may very kindly speak to him directly. He will be very happy to provide you a detailed information. His mail ID is:

    [email protected]

    Please do feel free to contact us, in case you require any other assistance.

    Thank you once again for visiting us.


  • Umesh Kumar

    Main Durga Ji Samran Karta Hu Par Santushti Nahi Hoti Kyo

  • Ram Dhall

    Umesh ji,

    You have asked me to answer a very difficult question.

    A similar query was raised by a devotee at the Swami Dayanand Saraswati Ashram, Rishikesh during the discourse on Shrimadbhagwat Geeta.

    Whatever I recall from Swami ji’s response was something like this:

    Swami ji said that santushthee or satisfaction is relatively a subjective term and its interpretation may differ from person to person. It all depends on what kind of satisfaction you are seeking.

    He was of the opinion that we all should try to draw a satisfaction zone for ourselves and endeavour to work within the dotted lines – may be 10% here or there. That will keep you happy. But if one aspires to go way beyond the satisfaction zone, it may or may not work.

    And look at what Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)has said:

    “There is always a divine message hidden in the seemingly negative experiences we go through. We just have to penetrate beneath the surface and the message will be revealed”.

    My personal opinion is that you should carry on with your routine of doing Durga Stuti or Samran and leave everything to Maa Durga.

    Thank you for visiting us and please feel free in case you have any further query.

    Warm regards and season’s greetings.

    May God be with you, always.

    Ram Dhall

  • Bhavin

    Dear Sir,
    A wonderful presentation.
    Can u help to find out 52 Shakti Peethas photos.
    I have the list where all r situated.

    Its Urgent. .

    I m Waiting for ur Reply.

    Bhavin patel

  • Ram
  • Rajan

    Dear Sir,
    Ia m sitting outside Inida .
    Where i can find the Purnima days celeberted at Chattarpur Temple – Delhi

  • Rajan,

    The purnima days as per the calendar are:

    June 7, July 7, August 5, September 4, October 4, November 2 and December 2, 2009.

    However, for details you may please speak to Mr. Bishamber Singh, Administrative Officer (Tel No. 011-26802925, 26803115). He will be very happy to provide you a detailed information. His mail ID is:

    [email protected]

    Please do feel free, in case you need any other information.

  • OMPRAKASH Gautam

    Is mandir me aakey aisha mahshosh hota hai jaisa ki hum des duniya chhod ke aagaye ho aur sabprkar ke kasth mita jatey hai mai to kamsekam 10 logo ko bola aap ek bar mata ke darbar ya ki Baba ji ke samadhi sthal me jake apny dukh ka application do waha se nikltey hi wo dukh door hojayga logo ne wiasha kiya aur whai hua jo maney janey se pahley bola tha fir wo log aakey mere se miley aur maney puchha kaisey ho to unhoney bola ab sab badiya hai aur isi prakar wo jakey apney doston se batatey hai ye chmatkar ke barey me is prakar se Mata Ji Ki Jai bolo aur darshan matra se sab kasth door hojety hai JAI MATA KI JAI MATA KI

  • vikas trivedi

    Jai Maa Katyayani……….. Maa Katyayni maa meri kuldevi he. Guruji muje Maa Katyayani Ka Beej Mantra batane ki kripa kare………….Pranam

  • neha

    Hi…I was going through the above column and came across a line wherein it is written that the Gods created Durga to fight the demon…this has been written on a lot of websites too…but the fact is that the Gods did not create Durga…it was Durga’s Leela that she emerged from the huge lightning that was created by the Gods…..Durga is the Godess of all Gods

  • Ram


    Thanks for the update.

    As you are aware, in Hindu mythology, at times there are more than singular versions. The version described by me is what I learnt from the temple authorities.

    I personally feel that your vesion seems to be more authentic.

    Please do keep on sharing your views.

  • Rakesh

    Hello Uncle,

    Very Useful Topic. It helped me learn lot new things about the Hindu Dharma, Chattarpur Mandir.

    You did mention of Dharamsala there and I am planning a visit to that place and want to stay in Dharamsala but I don’t know the ways to book the dharamsal in advance or whom to contact.
    Please help.

    God Bless You. My Unconditional Love.

  • mona

    lovely i was forced to read the whole site by ma s kripa . pl tell about staying arrangements soon we r 3 ladies . thanks and my regards

  • Ram

    Mona ji,

    Thanks for your kind words.

    The temple has a huge Dharamshala for use of the devotees in the precinct itself.

    For bookings, you may please contact:

    Mr. Bishamber Singh,
    Administrative Officer,
    Tel No. 011-26802925, 26803115
    email id:

    [email protected]

    Please do feel free in case any other information is required.

    Thanks once again for visiting the site.


    I alongwith my 6 (six) family members wants to visit Delhi for Incentive Award ceremony conducted by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, under Ministry of HRD, Department of Education, on 13th December 2010, I want to stay with my family members at your temple guest house from 11.12.2010 to 14.12.2010. please send me details.




  • Ram Dhall
  • Ram Dhall

    Thanks for visiting the site.

    Jai Mata Di.

  • excellent effort for the visitors.

  • Percy

    very use ful information is been provided by u.. thanx


    respected sir,
    I went thru yur post and was really happy to come across sucha detail and informative post about the chattarpur temple. I too hail from karnataka and Im proud of babaji for his spiritual and societal contribution.Ii too am an ardent devotee of maa.You are obviously blessed with the grace of maa as well as babaji evidenced thru yur beautiful post.Plz carry on the gud work.

  • Ram Dhall

    Thanks for liking the post, Sumana ji.

  • Hari Shankar Tiwari

    maa chattar pur wali wakai maa ka ye bhawan bemisal hai mujhe pata nahi tha mai dilli me teen sall se rahata hu. par kisi ke dwara sun jab mai is jagah pe pahucha to ma ka darbar dekh khus ho gaya . dosto chattar ka matlab hai chaya atah ma jinke uper apna chaya kar de wo manushya beghar ho to acchhe ghar wale ho jata hai mere man ka ye viswas hai jo mata chattar pur vasini ke darbar me jayega uske jeevan har tarah se safal ho jayega.

    pream se bolo jai mata di. baba nagpal ki jai.

  • Hari Tiwari

    dhanya hai we kalakar jinhone mere ambey ma ke liya itna sunder mahal banaya . meri maa se ye appel hai he maa apne un sewko ko aur unke aane wali santano ko bhi aap hemasha rahena ke liya aiesh mahal jaisa ghar dena jinhone aap ke sunderta me char chand lagaya aap unke jivan ko chand ki tarah chama ke rakhna.

    ma ki har bat nirali hai ——-lakh bir sin lakkha ka ye bhajan yad aa jata hai ma chattarpur wali ke darbar me jake.

  • Priyanka

    i wanted to know whether the katyanimata mandir provides any dharamshala facility if yes then the cost of rooms my parents are planning to visit the mandir in the month of jan 2012.

  • ram dhall

    Dear Priyanka,

    The Temple has a huge Dharamshala for devotees.

    You may please contact Mr. Bishamber Singh, Administrative Manager ( Tel No. 011-2680225 and 26803115) for details of bookings.

  • sachin kumar

    so good

  • ram dhall

    Thanks Sachin.

  • Ashok Kamath

    Dear Ram uncle, I am from Goa and intend to come to Chattarpur Mandir this month end and stay at Dharamshala for a week’s duration. I wrote to Bhishem Singh Sir on the email ID you provided earlier in this page and also tried calling him on the numbers provided. One number was returned as invalid and second went unanswered after repeated attempts and my mail was not replied to. May I request you to guide me further how to contact the admin / inquire regarding above. Are there any decent places of stay / hotel close by to Mandir? As I need to confirm my booking before I can arrive at Delhi, I very much appreciate if you could help me in this regard.
    Ashok Kamath

    • ram dhall

      Dear Ashok ji,

      I suggest you land up at the temple and take an accommodation at the Dharamshala (which is normally available at this time of the year.) Alternatively, there are number of hotels in the vicinity of the temple. You may walk in and choose a hotel of your liking and budget. You can also do a google search for hotels in the area.

      God bless you.

  • t.r.walia

    My dear Ram:

    I never knew, before, all these years ?

    Your detailed useful and meaningful inputs about Maa Katyani Temple at Chhattarpur, Shaktipeeth Mandir etc. makes me so proud of you . All these collection of informations by you need lot of your time, patience, and interest and are very helpuful to both who wish to visit and who cannot visit for one or the orther reason.

    Your contributing efforts here give way t o others and perform PUJA , at least once, in this holy Matta Ka Mandir.

    You at the same time making every reader to be temptedto visit this holy Mandir. A true example of brotherhood, tolerance and patriotism which you express and prove in your writings.

    I knew from our old banking days that you used to buy books from the near by book stall at Plaza. But you write so well with lot of efforts and dedication is, now, adding to my knowledge and hats off to you.

    A True Matri Pariwar……

    With Warm Regards,


  • ram dhall

    Dear Walia ji,

    I am deeply touched by your very kind words.

    Thank you for finding time to browse through the post.

    Warm regards,

    Ram Dhall

  • Ashok Sinha

    Dear Mr Dhall,

    I am very impressed by the details you have provided. It seems that you have spent a lot of time there. My wife was there today at the at the DasaMahavidya mandir. The one that has the samadhi and the shivling on the first floor. They were sitting quietly when the peace was rudely disturbed by a familiar, who happened to know the guards etc. A mustachioed man of large proportions. The guard also was quite rude and took it upon himself to tell my wife and son who were sitting quietly to move out. There was no crowd, no obstruction. No rule to the contrary.

    I am posting this to request you to convey the matter to the management, if you have some connection with them. Otherwise, just sharing an unfortunate event.

  • Ashish

    Dear Shri Ram Dhall Ji,

    A very enlightening post, a detailed one indeed. Kindly advise if there are any facilities or provisions available for performing ‘Mundan’ ceremony within the temple premises.

    Thank You & Warm Regards
    Ashish Mathur

    • dr.v.k.agarwal

      yes there are facilities for mundan.
      v well conducted there.
      i have personal experience of the same
      all the best
      jai mata katyani ji ki

  • Surinder Sharma

    Respected Shri Ram Dhall Ji,
    Very good post nice description and wonderful photos. Read about Baba ji no one can complaint “that he had not that oppertunity otherwise he will a celibrities”
    Thanks and regards

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  • Utpal


    Thanks for the useful information. Maa Katyayani is our Kul-Devi. Just like Maa Nikumbhala was Ravan’s (The great Lanka King) Kul-Devi.

    I was curious to know more about her; however could only find some information about her on your blog. Am thankful to you. I wanted to know about some ritual book is available for Maa Katyayani . (something similar to Hanuman Chalisa or Shiv Chalisa). I stay a Mumbai however I could not find any here.

    If you know about such book available for Maa Katyayani; I would be more than happy to hear from you.


  • My dear Ram:
    i want to know what is the opening and closing time of chattarpur mandir and i also want to know is camera allowed inside.some people said me that visiting hours of this temple is 4am to pls tell me the correct information.
    i shall be very thankful to u………
    i am waiting for ur urgent rply

  • ram dhall

    Dear Prabhat jee,

    The temple opens early in the morning and closes around mid night. However for an update on the timings, kindly contact Mr. Bishamber Singh, Administrative Officer of the temple at the following numbers for any further information:

    Mr. Bishamber Singh,
    Administrative Officer,
    Tel No. 011-26802925, 26803115
    email id:

    [email protected]

    Photography is strictly forbidden in the temple. However, the permission for use of camera can be taken from the temple authorities.

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  • sree kumar menon

    dear management,
    i want to take my son to the temple who is a handicapped suffering from muscular dystrophy
    is a non curable diseas .Is there any facility for such persons.

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  • nilesh kumar

    which is the nearest metro station to get down and visit the temple?