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On the temple trail

entertainment Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:09 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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If you stay in Mayur Vihar and plan to go to Chhatarpur, it would mean spending a good amount of time spent on the roads. To avoid this, I decided to take the Metro to explore this southern part of the city.

I boarded the train at the Mayur Vihar Phase-I station and had to change and get on to the yellow line at Rajiv Chowk. This is one route where you will see the maximum number of men getting into the Ladies coach. They just come and stand and at times, even sit on the empty seats in this reserved coach.

It took me an hour to reach Chhatarpur, one stop ahead of Qutub.

About the station
This station has been built with heat resistant steel on 26,000 sq metre areas. Posters and information about the World Heritage sites in the city, such as the Qutub Minar are put all over the station. While getting off from the metro station, I had a glimpse of a huge parking lot, apparently the biggest parking in Delhi. However, there are no cycle rickshaws to ferry you to your destination here. Metro feeder buses (there were none to be seen though) and shared autos are available from here. I decided to walk to the most popular destination of this area — the Shree Adya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, popularly known as the Chhatarpur temple.

Exploring
As I hopped across to the other side of the road to go to the temple, I came across a shopping complex, lined up with eateries, such as Aggarwal sweets and Shudh Shakahari restaurant. This is a zone dominated by temples; hence you cannot see any restaurants or dhabas offering non-vegetarian food.

There are two pet shops in this complex and they offer great deals. A dog collar that would cost you R200 in the market, can be bought for R150 here. Moving ahead, I came across many shops, selling puja samagri (holy offerings), lockets, hippie style rudraksha neckpiece and beaded necklaces. I noticed small colourful boxes too, which will make for good gift items. I bought a fake rudraksha neckpiece for Rs 40.

Great architecture
This is one place where you will see temples with great architectural designs on either side of the road. The temples with beautifully manicured lawns and sculptures, make for a lovely visit.

People from different parts of the city come to the Chhatarpur Temple to offer their prayers. This beautiful temple is a mix of south and north Indian architecture. The south Indian style temple, which has been recently added, is perhaps one of the most beautiful temples in the city.

The temple has been constructed using only marble and there is jaali (latticed work) on the temple. The banyan tree at the entrance of the temple is considered a wishing tree by the devotees, who tie bangles and red kerchives on it to make their wish come true.

Within the temple is a dharamshala, which gives free Ayurvedic consultation every Saturday.Namya Sinha

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