The second largest temple complex in India, the Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir or the Chattarpur Mandir is located at Chattarpur in South Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, who is the sixth avatar of Goddess Durga.
Unlike other Hindu temples, devotees from every caste and creed are welcome to this temple. The temple was built by an ardent devotee of Goddess Durga, Swami Nagpal Maharaj. It was built in white marble and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The carvings of the temple are done in the South Indian architecture.
The huge temple complex is a sight to marvel as the construction never seeks to end. The temple complex is spread across 70 acres of land and has around 20 small and large temples in three different complexes. The samadhi shrine of Swami Nagpal Maharaj is also built in the premises of the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir in the temple complex.
There is a huge tree at the entrance of the temple complex where you can find holy threads tied to the twigs. Devotees tie holy threads and bangles to the tree in the hope of getting their wishes fulfilled. The temple has two main shrines. One of them is of Maha Gauri, a form of Goddess Durga, and is open to the devotees every day. The other shrine is of Goddess Katyayani and is open only during the 'ashtami' every month and during the festival of “Navratri”.
The huge golden idol of Goddess Katyayani, attracts devotees from every part of the world. The image is always well-adorned with glittering clothes, shining jewellery and heavy garlands. The temple complex also has temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Radha-Krishna and Lord Rama. All these temples have a mixture of South Indian and North Indian style of architecture.