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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dkmurphys (48446) 2012-01-24 1:49
A fine observed contrast between those people. Simple and very enjoyable scene. Good catch, enjoy the day.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-01-24 2:37
Elle est étonnante cette visiteuse, peut-être étrangère? J'aime voir ces jeunes, disciplinés, dans leur visite. La note accompagne utilement la photo. Excellente qualité. Bravo.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-24 2:44
I see the kids in the school uniform. The atmosphere is what I like in temples. They are open and colorful. Very enjoyable scene. The colors and sharpness are very nice. Your informative text helps us to know more about this temple.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-24 3:04
a lovely daily life photo I like the composition and the perspective of the photo, superb details and POV, beautiful impression, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
timecapturer (47952) 2012-01-24 3:56
a great study of the atmosphere and throng of visitors in this wonderful composition. I like the way you have disected the shot which adds that extra element and gives depth. Executed and presented perfectly.
Regards - Brian.
Fis2 (84528) 2012-01-24 6:39
Good repoirtorial photo.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
williewhistler (13729) 2012-01-24 6:48
Hello Stephen,we are constantly bombarded with wizened faces and garish colours from India,so it comes as a welcome change and a real pleasure to see this interesting scene,most everyone in bare feet and school uniform save the lady in blue and red.
Very well observed and beautifully presented.
Nicou (120328) 2012-01-24 8:50
Super compo et iamge quel beua pavage quel rendu sur le sol avec tous ces personnages, sueprbe compo et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-01-24 11:37
Beautiful colors and sharpness.
Graal (96756) 2012-01-24 23:56
fine reportage about the daily life in India. Good captured scene. Well note and done photo.
Have a nice day.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-01-25 14:43
sempre belle queste scene in cui si notano gi sguardi attenti dei ragazzi che vanno in visita a siti storici.
Buona la ripresa con un ottimo controllo dela luce,
ikeharel (55972) 2012-01-28 1:43
This is rather very different photo from your usual's, Stephen, and most impressive photojob.
There is an excelent dynamic scale, good indoor's light, and clear faces expression's.
RhodieIke (11740) 2012-01-28 23:01
Great Photo, Stephen, looking at this school you can tell who are the jokers and the boffin's, Teacher looks strict hey, Tfs, made me laugh, Cheers Iain.