Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir is popularly known as Chhatarpur Temple since it is located in a down town area in south of Delhi - Chattarpur. This is the second largest temple complex in India, and is dedicated to Goddess, Katyayani. It is located at Chhatarpur, on the south-western outskirts of the city of Delhi.
The temple was established in 1974, by Baba Sant Nagpal ji, who died in 1998. His samadhi shrine lies in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir within the temple complex.
This temple was considered as the biggest temple in India and second largest in the world, before the Akshardham Temple was created in 2005, also in Delhi. This temple is totally constructed from marble and on all the facets there is jaali (perforated stone or latticed screen) work.
The entire temple complex spread over 60 acres (24.3 ha), has over 20 small and large temples divided in three different complexes. The main deity in the temple is Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga, the nine forms of Hindu goddess Durga or Shakti, worshipped during the Navratri celebrations.
A side shrine within the main temple houses a shrine of Goddess Katyayani (Durga), which opens only during the bi-annual Navratri season, when thousands of people throng the premises for darshan. One nearby room has been made as living room with tables and chairs made in silver, and another regarded as the Shayan Kaksha (Bed Room), where a bed, dressing table and table are carved in silver. This shrine opens on a large satsang or prayer hall, where religious discourses and bhajans, (religious songs) are held. Just at the entrance to the main temple, stands an old tree, where devotees tie holy threads for wish fulfilment. Another shrine of Goddess Durga is open to devotees morning to evening, it lies above the shrines dedicated to Radha Krishna, and Lord Ganesh.
The complex also has other temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva. The temples have been built in both South and North Indian style of temple architecture.
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lousat (79962) 2012-01-25 0:53
Hi Steph,the perfect light moment to give importance of the gold pinnacle kissed by the sun! What a nice choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective,beautiful and interesting indian architechure,super sharpness too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
dkmurphys (50788) 2012-01-25 2:00
Very fine upper detail, I like the contrast between warm and cold. Nice one, enjoy the day.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-25 2:19
a splendid view the architectural details are amazing I like the composition and the different lights, beautiful view, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
delpeoples (54189) 2012-01-25 2:48
Another good title, very apt. Jeez you did well with the uneven light here, it really is extreme. And yet you've managed to preserve the details in the shade and the sun. Nice shot, enjoy your mid-week. Australia Day holiday for us tomorrow. YAY!
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your day
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-25 2:59
I must visit this temple during my next visit to India. Nice capture of this golden pinnacle glittering like gold and raising to the horizon. Nice front part shown with lovely architectural details in the shade. Good color contrast here.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-25 3:54
La photo en contre-plongée montre clairement la richesse incroyable de la décoration. Le contraste entre l'ombre et la lumière me plaît. La note décrit de façon captivante cet immense temple. Bravo.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-25 4:27
love the POV in this well chosen composition. The light is so expressive and brings out all the wonderful detailing as well as highlighting the stunning golden spire of the temple. Beautifully controlled exposure and an elegant presentation.
Regards - Brian.
Nicou (126448) 2012-01-25 9:12
Sueprbe iamge et cpatage fantasituqe quel élcirage sur le sommet avec ce contraste et quelle architecture superbe captage et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (109809) 2012-01-25 9:31
Un cadrage intéressant du haut du temple, les détails bien défini, le contraste du chaud et du froid sous le ciel bleu, belle présentation et note
Fis2 (88087) 2012-01-25 9:33
Curious POV and composition.
I like light and colours.
gildasjan (41946) 2012-01-25 11:54
Beau rendu entre ombre et lumière de ce temple.La lumière sur le dôme doré à l'arrière plan donne la bonne touche à cette image.
Charo (51210) 2012-01-25 13:58
J'aime le contraste entre le dôme doré et la belle façade blanche, qui a aussi un impressionnant travail artistique.
Excellente capture de lumières et les ombres avec la définition, très bonne couleur et de profondeur.
Graal (99174) 2012-01-25 23:32
nice details of architecture. Good photowork and interesting informations about temple. Fine serie from India.
Have a nice day.
pierrefonds (58810) 2012-01-26 13:06
The building is framing well the pinnacle. the ppoint of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture pf the pinnacle. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jurek1951 (42190) 2012-01-26 23:08
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done