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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kordinator (20855) 2012-01-26 0:56
Fantastic series of works from India.
The beautiful facade of the temple, with many small and fine details, coming to expression, under fantastic light.
Beautiful natural colors.
An impressive work of excellent quality.
dkmurphys (60709) 2012-01-26 0:56
Splendid detail, a wonderful artwork on those walls. Good cathc, enjoy the day.
ikeharel (73549) 2012-01-26 1:13
Good morning Stephen,
An immaculate image showing a fantastic art-work on white-marble, curves and it's details shown at best clearity.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-26 1:53
a very spectacular photo of this amazing architecture, the details of the photo are beautiful, superb POV and sharpness, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-26 2:37
Fantastic art work on the facade of this white marbled temple . The fine details have been captured well under perfect lighting. The colors are very natural.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-26 2:44
Cet immense et fantastique temple est spectaculairement décoré. J'imagine la somme de travail, de patience et d'abnégation qu'il a fallues, aux architectes, ouvriers et artistes. La photo est remarquablement bien exposée. Excellentes lumière et netteté. Bravo.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-26 3:05
an exquiste view with such fine delicate detail so sharp and visible. Executed magnificently and a really beautiful study. Stunning!
Enjoy your day - Brian.
jhm (155264) 2012-01-26 3:06
Wonderful architectonic image with the marble front, so lovely for look at.
Excellent panoramic picture, excellent composition and very well captured.
Sharpness and clarity are of high quality.
Nice photo job. TFS
Fis2 (100668) 2012-01-26 4:14
Beautiful architecture, beautiful details.
Wonderful windows (balcony?)
Good frame and curious colors and light.
Pentti (1469) 2012-01-26 10:22
great shades of gray
with good note
Royaldevon (40292) 2012-01-26 12:21
I like this very much. I must admit, I really enjoy seeing sculptural details. This is a lesson to us all that it is not always necessary to see the entire building, to be satisfied with the result.
Excellent sharpness and fine composition using the number three.
My warm regards,
RhodieIke (11744) 2012-01-26 12:50
Wow Stephen, The detail you have capture is fantastic in this super Chhatarpur Temple, splendid light,pin-sharp, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-01-26 16:48
Wonderful façade with magnificent architectural details!
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
jurek1951 (42196) 2012-01-26 23:07
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.
Silvio1953 (146643) 2012-01-26 23:09
Ciao Stephen, great detali of fantastic architecture, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (58804) 2012-01-27 2:47
Beautiful close-up of this intricate artwork. The architecture is superb, well-lit with your usual sharpness. I also like the tight framing. Great shot.
Thanks for sharing, have a good Friday
Cricri (121227) 2012-01-27 10:52
Un cadrage serré parfait pour encore mieux en apprécier la décoration magnifique du temple, bonne lumière, couleurs et netteté
emka (100815) 2012-01-27 23:54
I am amazed seeing this photo. it seemed to me I saw so many interesting places in Delhi and here it is beautiful temple, second largest in India, and I even haven heard of it! it is incredible. I saw verz big complexes and this one is bigger?? The windows here are typical windows like one sees everywhere in Rajasthan, but here they are in white marble, that makes then special. Perfect cut and superb quaility, to show somethig all white is such a difficult task.
macjake (69775) 2012-01-28 20:40
very fine and elegant architectural details.
as i'm viewing this, i'm thinking how great it'd be to stand on one of those balconies.
love the form and subject.
Noel_Byrne (32094) 2012-10-22 10:43
There really is something so beautiful about white marble, and this captures shows that off to perfection. Amazing levels of detail in the carving, I guess showing the importance of this fine temple.
All the best
Karolina999 (0) 2015-12-02 2:00
fine details, fine contrast and sharpness, sophisticated composition, perfect quality.
Thanx for sharing.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (101634)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-02-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Shades of gray [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-26 0:41