Famous Historical Temples in New Delhi (2024) – Traveller Scribe

Famous Historical Temples in New Delhi
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Delhi has a rich history of majestic and ancient religious places. There are many Famous Historical Temples in New Delhi. Some of the temples you may have never heard about. Some of these temples are even said to be of Mahabharata times. In This article, we have mentioned all the famous historical temples in New Delhi.

here are the list of Famous Historical Temples in New Delhi:

1. Chhatarpur Mandir, Delhi

Famous Historical Temples in New Delhi
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Chhatarpur Mandir also known as Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. Goddess Katyayani is considered to be the sixth avatar of Goddess Durga. The temple is located in South Delhi Chhatarpur, 4 km away from Qutub Minar. The entire complex of the temple is spread in over 70 acres of area and has has over 20 small and large temple which are divided in three Complexes. The temple is popular destination among tourists and visited by large number of devotees through out the year.

More Details About Chhatarpur Mandir:

  • Timings: 5 AM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Chhatarpur Metro Station (Yellow Line) 1 Km
  • Location: Chhatarpur Extension, Chhatarpur, New Delhi

2. Shri Kalkaji Mandir

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One of the Most busiest Hindu temples in Delhi, Shri Kalkaji Mandir is Dedicated to Hindu Goddess Kali. The Temple is situated in southern Part of New Delhi, Kalkaji Whose name is derived from this famous temple. It is Said that Goddess Kali fulfils the wishes and devotees who come here to offer prayers with Pure Heart and True Soul.

It is believed that oldest section of this temple was built in 1764 AD by The Marathas. Throughout the years, many devotees visit this temple to offer prayer to Goddess Kali especially on Saturday and Sunday. During Navratri, Large no. of devotees come to offer prayer from all over India and a large fair is also organized at that time. On the way to temple there are many vendors selling Parshad and Sweets. Another belief of the temple is that the image of Goddess Kali is a self manifested one which makes Kalkaji Mandir as one of the highly revered shrines in Delhi.

More Details About Shree Kalkaji Mandir:

  • Timings: 4 AM to 11:30 PM every day, It remains close from 11:30 AM to 12 PM to offers parshad to deity, 3 PM to 4 PM for cleaning.
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Kalkaji Metro Station (Magenta & Violet Line) 550 m
  • Location: Ma Anandmayee Marg, NSIC Estate, Block 9, Kalkaji, New Delhi

3. Lotus Temple

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The Lotus Temple situated in New Delhi is Bahai house of worship. It is famous for it’s flower like design which looks amazing and has won many awards for its architecture. Lotus temple is not dedicated to any one deity instead it emphasises more on unity, meditation, peace and togetherness among people of different caste, race and religion.

It is the most prominent tourist attraction in Delhi with more than 10,000 tourist visiting per Day. There are 9 Pools surrounding Lotus Temple. People often drop a coin in Fish Pool and make a wish. The temple opens in a 34.3m hall which can accommodate 2,500 people.

More Details About Lotus Temple:

  • Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM (Summers) & 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Winter), Closed on Monday
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Okhla NSIC (Magenta Line) 650 m
  • Location: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi

4. prachin Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place

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Prachin Hanuman Mandir is an ancient Hindu temple claimed to be one of the five temple from Mahabharat times in Delhi. The temple has Swayambhu (self appeared) murti of Hanuman ji in childhood from seeing south that’s why it is also known as ‘Dakshin Mukhi Hanumanji’ and due to this only one eye of Idol Hanuman Ji is Visible. The Mandir was built by Pandavas after winning the war of Kurukshetra. It is said that Tulsidas visited this Mandir and after visiting this Mandir Tulsidas wrote the First Chaupai of Hanuman Chalisa.

Mughal Emperor Akbar also visited the mandir to test the power of Bal Hanuman and attacked his throne and temple but Akbar could not stand in the power of Bal Hanuman. So, he accepted his defeat and offered the Islamic Crescent Moon to Shri Bal Hanuman as apology. The temple has a Guinness Book of World Records for 24 Hour Chanting of Mantra ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ which has been going in temple since 1 August 1964.

More Details About Prachin Hanuman Mandir:

  • Timings: 5 AM to 1 PM & 3 PM to 11 PM & Aarti – 5:30 AM (All day except Tuesday & Saturday), On Tuesday & Saturday – Aarti timing: 5 AM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Rajiv Chowk Metro Station (Yellow & Blue Line) 700 m
  • Location: Hanuman Mandir, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi

5. Yogmaya Mandir, Mehrauli

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Yogmaya Temple also known as Jogmaya Temple is a Hindu temple Dedicated to the Goddess Yogmaya. She is considered to be the sister of Lord Krishna as she took avatar as Vindhyavasini. The Temple is Situated in Mehrauli, Just few meters away from Qutub Minar. It’s believed to be one of the few temples belonging to the Mahabharat period which was constructed by Pandavas after the war Ended. The temple has been here since 5,000 years despite the attacks and damages caused by Ghazni, a Persian ruler from 970 AD.

Every year in October, a festival is held for flower sellers Known as “Phoolwalon ki sair” which is celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims. The sair starts from Dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Khaki in Mehrauli to Yogmaya Temple. It is said that this tradition was started by Hindu wife of Emperor Akbar when her wish came true after praying to Yogmaya Devi.

More Details About Yogmaya temple:

  • Timings: 5 AM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Qutub Minar Metro Station (Yellow Line) then you can take DTC bus to Mehrauli Terminal
  • Location: Yog Maya Mandir, Yogmaya, Kali Mata Mandir Rd, Mehrauli, Delhi 

6. ISCKON temple

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ISKCON Delhi also known as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, is a well known Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The temple was Inaugurated by the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 5 April 1988. It is located at Hare Krishna Hills near Nehru Palace in New Delhi. The outer complex of the temple is decorated with Complex carvings and stonework and has many shops and Fountains. The Temple complex is a place where one can learn more about Vedic Sciences and many devotional lectures that are arranged for the benefits of Spiritual Nerves of the Devotees.

You can do many things ISCKON temple like you can visit Museum of Vedic Culture, Ramayana Art Gallery, Bhagavad-Gita Animatronics Robot Show, Vedic Centre for performing Arts, Mahabharat Experience (Rs 200 charge for 1.5 Hours), Bhagavat Puran Exhibit. The ISCKON Delhi has the World’s largest Sacred Book ‘Astounding Bhagavad Gita’ which weighs 800 Kg and is measures 2.8 meters.

More Details About ISKCON Delhi:

  • Timings: 4:30 AM to 9 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Nehru Place Station (Violet Line) 1 Km
  • Location: ISKCON Temple Rd, East of Kailash, New Delhi

7. Akshardham temple

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Swaminarayan Akshardham is a Hindu temple situated in New Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham Delhi comprises of the main temple, beautiful garden, exhibition and water bodies section which all teach us about Hindu religion and Spirituality. The temple features exhibition like Sahaj Anand Darshan (Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan (Giant Screen film) and Sanskruti Darshan (Cultural boat ride) which will teach you about life values and about Neelkanth (Swaminarayan) life. The temple also has a water show at evening.

More Details About Swaminarayan Akshardham:

  • Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: No , Exhibition Charges – Rs. 250 (Adult), Rs. 200 (Sr. citizen) & Rs. 150 (Age 4-11), Water show – Rs. 90 (Adult & Sr. citizen), Rs, 60 (kids)
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Akshardham Metro Station (Blue Line) 400 m
  • Location: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi

8. Shri Kilkari Bhairav Mandir

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Bhairon temple also known as Shri Kilkari Bhairav Baba Nath mandir is located purana Qila in Delhi. It is an ancient temple which was built by Pandavas in Mahabharat Period more than 5000 years ago. The popular belief of the temple is that Bheema, second brother of Pandavas attained Siddhi (Spiritual power) in this temple. The devotees here offers sweet, milk and Alcohol to Bhairon baba who is the manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva. Thousand of the tourist visit the temple every year and especially on Sunday.

More Details About Kilkari Bhairav Mandir:

  • Timings: Opens all day, 5 AM to 12 PM & 3 PM to 9 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Indraprastha Metro Station (Blue Line) 1.5 Km
  • Location: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

9. Birla Mandir or Laxminarayan Temple

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Birla Temple also known as Laxminarayan Mandir is Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The Laxminarayan Temple is situated at west of Connaught Palace and is a major tourist attraction in Delhi. The temple was built by Jugal Kishore Birla in 1938 and Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that the temple will be open for people of all Caste. The side temples are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha. The temple is spread in over 7.5 acres with many shrines, fountains and a large garden with Hindu and Nationalistic sculptures. Temple also has a Geeta Bhawan which is used for discourses. It attracts lots of tourist during Janmashtami and Diwali festival.

More Details About Birla Mandir:

  • Timings: Opens all day, 4:30 AM to 1:30 PM & 2:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is RK Ashram Marg Metro Station (Blue Line) 1.5 Km
  • Location: Mandir Marg, near Gole Market, New Delhi

10. Gauri Shankar Temple, Chandni Chowk

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This 800 years old Gauri Shankar temple is a famous historical temple in Delhi which is dedicated to Bhagwan Shiva and Maa Adi Shakti. The temple has a 800 year old Lingam enclosed in a marble structure. The Lingam is surrounded by snakes made up of Silver and represent a cosmic pillar, the center of universe or life. According to History, the temple was built by Apa Ganga Dhar, who was a devotee of Shiva. Shivratri is the best time to visit the temple as the temple is grandly decorated and filled with devotional activities.

More Details About Gauri Shankar Mandir:

  • Timings: Opens all day, 5 AM to 10 AM & 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Lal Qila Metro Station (Violet Line) 140 m
  • Location: Chandni Chowk Rd, Old Delhi, New Delhi

11. Hanuman mandir, Jhandewalan

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Jhandewalan Hanuman Mandir is one of the famous Hindu temples in Delhi with 108 feet huge Hanuman ji statue. The temple is devoted to Hanuman Ji and it was established in year 2008 by Brahamleen Nagabba Shri Sevagir ji Maharaj. The entrance of the temple is also an attraction which resembles the open mouth of Rakshas or monster. It tells the story of one of the numerous such monster which were vanished by Lord Hanuman. The temple also has a sacred flame which is said to brought from Jwalaji Temple at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

The temple also houses idols of Sai Baba, Lord Shani and Goddess of Dwarka. Temple is open every day but Tuesday gathered large number of Devotees of Hanuman as it is considered as the day of the Hanuman. During the evening Aarti, large number of people gathered to see the iconic view as the arms of the Giant Hanuman statue move back, the chest slides apart and one can see Lord Ram and Goddess Sita giving Darshan to Pilgrimage. It is undoubtedly the mesmerising view and people gather in large number to see the spectacle.

More Details About Jhandewalan Hanuman Ji:

  • Timings: Opens all day, 5 AM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Jhandewalan Metro Station (Blue Line) 150 m
  • Location: Ashoka Pahari, Subhash Nagar, Jhandewalan, Delhi

12. Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir

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Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir also known as Lal Mandir is the oldest Jain Mandir in Delhi. It is situated opposite the Red Fort in Chandni Chowk. The temple was built in 1656. The temple has a free hospital for birds. It is said that a temporary structure to built the Jain temple was permitted by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The main Deity was of Tirthankara Parshva. The temple was then consisted of three marble idols that were kept under the Jain officer who belonged to the Mughal Army.

More Details About Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir:

  • Timings: Summer Timings – 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM & 6 PM to 9:30 PM, Winter Timings – 6 AM to 12 PM & 5:30 PM to 9 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Lal Quila Metro Station (Violet Line) 100 m
  • Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Opposite Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

13. Neeli Chatri Mandir

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The Prachin Neeli Chatri Mandir Pandavon Kalin popularly known as Neeli Chatri Mandir is an Ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated near the shore of the Yamuna River and on the edge of the road. It is believed that this temple was established by the eldest brother of Pandavas, Dharmaraj Yudishtir during Ashwamedh Yagna. There are no specific mentions about the temple in Chronicles of Delhi. This temple is Called Pandavan age temple and Neeli Chatri is a dome which is covered with blue tiles.

More Details About Neeli Chatri Mandir:

  • Timings: 5 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 11 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Lal Quila Metro Station (Violet Line) 900 m
  • Location: Nigambodh Ghat, New Delhi

14. Mangal Mahadeva Birla Kanan

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Situated in Shivaji Marg, New Delhi, Mangal Mahadev Birla Kanan is a Hindu Temple. The temple is famous for it’s huge statue of Lord Shiva which is about 100 ft statue of other Deities which includes Mother Parvati, Kartikeya and Nandi Bull, Sita Ram, Radha Krishna and Lord Ganesha. The place is well maintained and peaceful.

More Details About Mangal Mahadev Birla Kanan:

  • Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Aero City Metro Station (Airport Express Line) 2.5 Km
  • Location: Avenue Bouganvillea, Rangpuri, New Delhi

15. Shiv Mandir Gufa wala, Preet Vihar

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Shiv Mandir Gufa Wala is approx. 22 Years old temple situated at Preet Vihar, Delhi. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. The temple is visited by large number of Devotees through out the year. Temple’s Main attraction is Huge Lord Ganesha & Lord Hanuman Idol. Temple also has a cave which gives a feeling of Vaishno Devi. Cave has a statue of Maa Vaishno Devi and Lord Hanuman ji while exiting the cave there is a statue of Lord Bharonnath and an Idol of Lord Shiva is constructed at the top of the temple. Temple also has a another cave whose main attraction is the Idol of the all dieties Maa Katyayani Devi, Maa Jawala Devi and Maa Chintpurni.

More Details About Shiv Mandir Gufa wala:

  • Timings: 5 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM, Cave timings – 7 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Preet Vihar Metro Station (Blue Line) 800 m
  • Location: G Block, Preet Vihar, New Delhi

16. Uttara Swami Malai Temple, Delhi

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Uttara Swami Malai Temple also known as Malai Temple. “Malai” in Tamil is known as mountains/hills. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan who in South also known as Lord Murugan. The temple is mostly visited by the people of South India. The temple is built using Granite stone and it’s complex is built according to Chola style. The Foundation of the temple was laid on 8 September 1965 by then CM of Tamil Nadu Mr. Minjor Bhaktvastaslm and Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri was also present there. It believed that architecture of the temple is inspired from Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. The Malai Temple looks very beautiful and gives glimpses of the temple in South India.

More Details About Uttara Swami Malai Temple :

  • Timings: Summer Timings – 6:30 AM to 12 PM & 5 PM to 9 PM, Winter Timings – 7 AM to 12 PM & 4 PM to 8 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Munirka Metro Station (Magenta Line) 1.6 Km
  • Location: Palam Marg, Sector 7, Rama Krishna Puram, New Delhi

17. Kali Bari Temple

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Spread in 1 acre, Kali Bari temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. It is the center for Bengali culture in New Delhi. Pratima (Idol) of the Goddess Kali in this temple is the resemblance of the one at Kalighat Kali temple in Kolkata. Subash Chandra Bose was the president of the Mandir committee when it was formed in 1935. One can feel the Divine Presence when they look into the Murti of Ma Kali. Large amount of tourist came to the temple during Durga Pooja. The temple also has an old and enriched library.

More Details About Kali Bari Temple:

  • Timings: 5:15 AM to 1 PM & 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is R K Ashram Marg Metro Station (Blue Line) 1.8 Km
  • Location: Mandir Marg, Kali Bari Marg, Near Birla Temple, New Delhi

18. Shani Dham Temple, Asola

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Shree Sidh Shaktipeeth Shanidham Temple also known as Shani Dham is located in Delhi is Famous for the tallest statue of Lord Shani. The Temple also has a place for worshipping of Lod Hanuman, Goddess Jagadamba and it has a big Shiv Lingam. The temple has a Natural rock Idol of Lord Shani. Before unveiling the statue, Shree Shani Dham Peethadeshwar Sant Shiromani Shani Charanuragi “Datti” Madan Maharaj Rajasthani Ji enchanted one hundred crore and thirty two lakhs (in numbers) Shani Mantras on this Sacred Grove. It is believed that whole premises of Shani Dham has become so alive Hardest problems of Devotee got solved when they came to pray in this temple.

On entering the temple, No Devotees talk to each other and they perform Pooja, Chant God’s name and they offer oil to Lord Shani. Each Devotee Worship Lord Shani himself. There is no Priest (Panditji) in the temple, so each devotee is their own priest and the true feelings of the Devotee are the true mantras.

More Details About Shani Dham Temple:

  • Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Entry Fees: No
  • How to Reach: Nearest Metro Station is Chattarpur Metro Station (Yellow Line) 6.2 Km
  • Location: Asola, Fatehpur Beri, Mehrauli, New Delhi

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