Dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti, an avatar of goddess Durga, Jhandewalan Temple is an ancient temple located on the Jhandewalan Road, Delhi. It is one of the most famous and respected shrines of the goddess, attracting large number of devoteesnationwide.
The temple got its name Jhandewalan during Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s reign, as devotees used to offer prayer flags knows as Jhandas over here – a tradition that is followed to date.
Inscribed in history, Jhandewalan Temple exists as one of the most ancient temples dedicated to goddess Shakti. To seek the divine blessings of Shri Aadi Shakti, devotees visit the famous Jhandewalan Temple.
Legend has it…
According to the legend, it is believed that Jhandewalan Temple was once located on a mountain. When this place was excavated then sanctorum of the Goddess was discovered and on this place the temple was established.
It is also said that Badri Bhagat, a great devotee of Matarani had a dream where the goddess herself appeared and told him about her idol. So he ordered an excavation to unearth the idol, and when it was recovered, he went on to construct the temple at the same place. The original idol of Jhandewali Mata is still kept at the ground level and is open for all to visit, worship and seek blessings of the goddess.
Though the temple does not follow any specific school of architecture, it is strategically built with several lanes leading to various entrances. All the lanes are lined with shops selling puja items like chunri, garlands and other offerings.
Inside the temple, the air reverberates with the constant chanting of mantras dedicated to the goddess, invoking her mercy, grace and blessings which she showers on all who visit her with a pure heart.
Timings and Religious Practices
The temple remains open from 5 in the morning till noon, followed by a small recess after which the temple re-opens at 4 in the evening and remains open till 10 in the night.
Festivities and Celebrations
Two main festivals celebrated at Jhandewalan Temple are Durga Puja and Navratras, during which the temple conducts special pujas, and is decorated with lights and flowers.
During the nine days of Navratras, jagrans are sung all night long and prasad is distributed to everyone who visits this holy shrine.
Located in the midst of the capital, Jhandewalan can be easily reached by either taking the metro to Jhandewalan Metro Station, or by hiring a local auto-rickshaw or cab.
Frequent trains connect major cities of the country to the capital.The nearest train station to the temple is the New Delhi Railway Station, which is at a distance of approximately 30 minutes via road.
The nearest airport to the temple is Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is at a distance of approximately 15 kms.
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