Kalka Mandir, Delhi

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Shri Kalkaji Mandir
Kalka Mandir, Delhi is located in Delhi
Kalka Mandir, Delhi
Location in Delhi
Country  India
State Delhi
District South
Location Kalkaji Mandir (Delhi Metro) South Delhi
Sanctum Kali- काली, Kalka - कालका
Major festivals Navratri नवरात्रि महोत्सव
Architecture Hindu temple architecture
Number of temples 1
Date built Sat Yuga सतयुग
Website http://www.shrikalkajimandir.in

Kalkaji Mandir, also known as Kalkaji Temple, is a Hindu mandir or temple, dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali. This temple (mandir) is situated in the southern part of Delhi, India, in Kalkaji, a locality that has derived its name from the temple and is located opposite Nehru Place business centre. The temple is accessible by public transport on Kalkaji Mandir (Delhi Metro) and is near Nehru Place bus terminus and Okhla railway station.[1][2][3] The general belief is that the image of the Goddess Kalka here is a self-manifested one, and that the shrine dates back to Satya Yuga when the Goddess Kalika had incarnated and killed the demon Raktabija along with other giant demons.

Kalka Mandir also known as Kalkaji mandir is a famous Hindu mandir, dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali, located in the Delhi, India, near nehru place.

General information[edit]

Kalka or Kalkaji Mandir is amongst the oldest and the most revered temples of India.[citation needed] The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kalka or Kali, an incarnation of Durga. It is also called Jayanti Peetha or Manokamna Siddha Peetha. "Manokamna" literally means desire, "Siddha" means fulfilment, and "peetha" means shrine. So, it is believed to be the holy shrine where one gets the blessings of Maa Kalika Devi (Goddess or Mother Kalika) for the fulfilment of one's desires.

The temple complex is situated on the Delhi Metro between the Nehru Place bus terminus and business centre and Okhla railway station and industrial area, and is right beside the Bahá'í Lotus Temple. Close to the temple, on a hill in the east of Kailash neighbourhood and near the ISKCON temple, lies an Edict of Ashoka, dating from the 3rd century BC.

Devotees attend the Kalkaji temple throughout the year, but the culmination point of their prayers and celebration is during the festival of Navratri twice a year. This is a nine-day Hindu festival, in spring and autumn, during which a large fair is organised. Devotees gather and sing hymns and songs praising the Goddess Durga.



While Âthe Hindu scriptures have many references and legends regarding the birth and acts of the Goddess Kali, the legend which tells about the circumstances attending to the birth of Maa Kalika Devi at the Kalkaji Mandir is:

Millions of years ago, the gods who dwelt in the neighbourhood of the present temple were troubled by two giants and were compelled to prefer their complaint to Lord Brahma, 'the god of all'. But Lord Brahma declined to interfere, and referred them to the Goddess Parvati. Out of the mouth of Maa Parvati sprung Kaushki Devi, who attacked the two giants and slaughtered them, but it so happened, that as their blood fell on the dry earth thousands of giants came into life, and the battle was maintained by Kaushki Devi against great odds. Maa Parvati took compassion on her offspring and out of the eyebrows of Kaushki Devi came maa Kali Devi, 'whose lower lip rested on the hills below and the upper lip touched the sky above. She drank the blood of the slaughtered giants as it poured out of their wounds; and the goddess obtained a complete victory over their enemies. Maa Kali Devi then fixed her abode here, and she was worshipped as the chief divinity of the place.

It is believed that the Goddess Kalkaji, pleased with the prayers offered and rituals performed by the Gods on the advice of Lord Brahma, appeared on this mount, known as Surya Koota Parvata, and blessed them. Ever since, the Goddess has taken this holy place as her abode and has been fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. During the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna and the Pandavas are said to have worshipped this Goddess during the reign of Yudhisthir.

References in history[edit]

According to government records, the temple of Kalkaji is said to have a very ancient origin, but the oldest portions of the present building is believed to have been constructed not earlier than the 1764 AD by the Maratha rulers.[4] In 1816 A.D. Mirza Raja Kidar Nath, the Peshkar of Akbar II, is said to have made some additions to it. Over the last five to six decades, a considerable number of dharamshalas have been erected in the vicinity by the Hindu bankers and merchants of Delhi place. The said temple Kalkaji is built on the land of Shamlat Thok Brahmins and Thok Jogians who are the pujaries of temple Kalkaji and the pujaries perform Puja Sewa as per their monthly turn. The Thok Brahmins consist of Four Thullas, namely Thulla Tansukh, Thulla Rambaksh, Thulla Bahadur and Thulla Jasram. they are classified into Gharbari Jogi and Kanphada Jogi.[citation needed]

It is said that the persons of Thok Brahmins and Thok Jogians since were owning the said land, once upon a time very long back when were grazing their cows found that the cows were not giving milk after grazing and it was revealed that the cows delivered their milk on one Pindi which had some encryptions on it and at that time Goddess Kalika gave darshans to those people and asked them to reconstruct the temple as the said place was completely ruined due to neglect and then the Thok Brahmins and Thok Jogians started worshipping their and the Kanphada Jogi since was a person who renounced the world and was living a separate life was made to stay there for look after of the said place and he was also permitted to perform puja sewa and receive offerings for one month in every rotational monthly turn.

From that time onwards the yogis of Nath Sampradaya have been serving the Goddess and are enthroned as Baba Sandhya Nath, Baba Sahaja Nath, Prithvi Nath, Rama Nath are remembered with great respect. They were renowned yogis of their time empowered with special spiritual powers and visions.

Modern structure[edit]

The temple complex, as it stands today, is constructed of brick masonry, finished with plaster (now with marbles) and is surrounded by a pyramidal tower. The central chamber which is 12-sided in plan, 24 feet across, with a doorway in each side, is paved with marble and is surrounded by a verandah 8'9" wide and containing 36 arched openings (shown as the exterior doorways in the Parikrama). This verandah encloses the central chamber from all sides. At the middle of this arcade, opposite the eastern doorway, there are two red sandstone tigers sitting on a marble pedestal on which the inscription engraved on the marble railings is repeated. The language of the inscriptions is Urdu and the characters on the railings as well as on the pedestals are nastaliq without any pretensions to antiquity. Between the tigers there is stone image of Kali Devi with her name engraved on in Hindi, and a trident of stone standing before it.


The major ritual consists of offering and bathing the idol (Mata Snanam) with milk followed by an aarti every morning (6 am) and evening (7.30 pm). This, in turn, is followed by hymn recitation. Offerings can be purchased just before the entrance of the temple. The Puja archana and other rituals are performed turn by turn (Monthly Basis) by Pujaris consisting of more than 1,000 Nai families who are the descendants of four main clans (thules) of Brahmin pujaris and one clan of Jogis/Mahants.

The atmosphere around the temple is airy and bright with lights all night. Devotees also try to meditate there and a tantric aarti is held in the evening.


  1. ^ Kalka ji Mandir www.durga-puja.org.
  2. ^ Kalka Mandir The Handbook for Delhi: With Index and Two Maps, Illustrating the Historic Remains of Old Delhi, and the Position of the British Army Before the Assault in 1857, &c. &c, by Frederic Henry Cooper. Published by Re-printed by T.C. McCarthly, 1865.Page 98.
  3. ^ The archaeology and monumental remains of Delhi by Carr Stephen. Published by Aryan Books International, 2002. ISBN 81-7305-222-0. Page 16- Kalkaji.
  4. ^ http://www.hindu.com/mp/2004/01/26/stories/2004012600750200.htm

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Coordinates: 28°32′59.26″N 77°15′38.55″E / 28.5497944°N 77.2607083°E / 28.5497944; 77.2607083