Chattarpur Mandir, a Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is located on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road in Delhi and lies approximately 4 km from the famous Qutb Minar Complex which can easily be accessed via local cabs, Buses and Auto Rickshaws. This Temple is a stunning masterpiece constructed with a blend of North Indian and South Indian Style of architecture seen draped in polished white marble and surrounded by well trimmed gardens and lawns. The main Shrine seen in the typical South Indian design within the Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga while other Shrines that lie within the Complex of the Temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
The Chattarpur Mandir worships Goddess Katyayani, who is considered to be the sixth avatar or incarnation of Goddess Durga, known to have killed a Demon named Mashishasur according to the Hindu Mythology and hence is seen depicted as a Goddess with ten arms. Goddess Durga, also known as Parvathi was the consort of Lord Shiva and her principle function was to slaughter Demons as she was gifted with the strength of the Divine Trinity who is Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh.
Legend has that a Rishi named Katyayan, who was an avid worshipper of Goddess Durga Devi Maa, asked for a boon from this Goddess interceding that she be born as his daughter. The Sage's wish was granted and Goddess Durga was born to him with a Golden Complexion wherein later, she slaughtered the demon named Mashishasur and hence was known to carry a number of weapons for destroying the evil.
The Chattarpur Mandir was founded by the legendary Saint Shree Durga Charanuragi Baba Sant Nagpal Ji, a humble servant of God and an ardent worshipper of Goddess Durga. He was born in 1925 in Karnataka on an auspicious full moon day which also happened to be the day when Holi Festival was celebrated during that year. Baba Ji spent many years in Kashmir and then moved to Delhi after guidance from Goddess Durga through his dreams and prayers. In Delhi, Baba Ji stayed in Arjun Nagar where he constructed a small and beautiful Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga Maa. He then moved near Chattarpur Village in Delhi and stayed in the Durga Ashram which is now a part of the main Chattarpur Mandir Complex wing that lies about a kilometre away from the Temple.
During the mid 1970s, Baba Ji then shifted from the Ashram to the site where the Chattarpur Temple sits grandly today. During those years, this site was only a wasteland embedded with wild bushes and shrubs. Devotees would travel from across the state to visit Baba Ji and his 'Shakti Peeth' and slowly, with their help and donation, the initial construction work of the Chattarpur Mandir took place. Baba Ji would carry bricks on his shoulders and assist in the construction work of the Temple and it is unbelievable when you see the Temple today after a span of more than two decades as to how it emerged from a small worship place into a Complex and 'Shakti Peeth' that spreads over a massive land measuring 70 acres.
The Chattarpur Mandir Complex welcomes devotees and visitors from all walks of life irrespective of their caste, creed or religious background. The main entrance offers a visit to the Shrine of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi followed by the Ram Darbar Complex which houses the Idols of Radha and Lord Krishna on one end and Lord Hanuman on the other end seen at the feet Shri Ram and Sita while the idol of Lakshman is seen beside them.
A flight of stairs above leads you to the Shrine of the principle Deity named Maa Katyayani wherein the Idol of Lord Ganesha lies at her feet looking up at her with devotion. As you climb down the steps, you are greeted with the Majestic Statues depicting Goddess Durga Maa killing the demon named Mashishasur which is opened to public only during Navratras and Purnima festivals. On other days, one can devote their time in the Prayer Hall listening to Tales of the Ramayan recited by Sages throughout the day. As you exit the Hall, you arrive at the Satsang Hall which organises Religious and Cultural Events every Sunday and during the festivals of Janamashtami, Navratra, Purnima and Shivaratri graced by the performance of numerous well renowned Artists and which can accommodate more than a thousand devotees at one time. The Life size statue of Baba Ji measuring twice his height is seen in a sitting position under a canopy made of white marble in a space between the stairs that leads you to the Satsang Hall.
The 'Sayya Kaksh' or 'Resting Hall' of Durga Maa is seen on one end of the Satsang Hall which was a dying wish of Baba Ji. This Resting Room is decorated with a Bed, Dressing Table, A Meeting Table with Nine Chairs [Shown to imply the sitting place of the Nine Deities]; all made of pure Silver and next to the Meeting Table is a Wax Statue of Baba Ji seen in a Standing position to welcome the Nine Deities and Goddess Durga. Visitors can catch a glimpse of this Room through a Glass Panel. As you walk out of the Satsang Hall, the Shrines of Lord Hanuman and Ashtbhu Ji are seen opened to public view only during the Navratra Festival.
The Matrichaya Complex within the Chattarpur Mandir Complex houses the Administrative block, the Museum of Baba Ji, Nutan Bhawan Complex, Rath Ghar, Baradari and many others. The Nutan Bhawan complex houses the Laxmi Vinayak Temple and is seen in the typical South Indian style of Architecture constructed by South Indian Artists that were specially invited for this task from South India by Baba Ji. The Langar Hall lies below the Laxmi Vinayak Temple where more than four thousand devotees can sit and eat at one time. More than a lakh of people are fed here every day during the Navratra period.
The House where Baba Ji spent his last few days was recently converted into a Museum and houses all the items that were presented to him by his devotees and also used by him throughout his lifetime. A Statue of Baba Ji made of wax is seen in a sitting position and is placed exactly where Baba Ji used to sit, work and meet his devotees every day. The Rath Ghar or House showcases a Temple Chariot used during Navratra Pujas. The Baradari also houses the idols of Maa Saraswati Ji, Maa Lakshmi Ji, Lord Shiva, Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha during Navratras for worship purposes. Beside is the Yagyashala that organises havans or Pujas during the Navratra period and the Temple of Bhairo Baba lies just behind the Yagyashala. As you approach the Samadhi of Baba Ji, you are welcomed with a huge bell made of 3000 kilograms of Brass that is situated on the right hand side in the centre of the park. Ahead of this Samadhi is the Nageshwar Temple wherein a graceful structure of the Shiva Linga is seen on the first floor that houses the last remains of Baba Ji.
The Chattarpur Mandir authorities also participate actively towards the welfare of people and support a Leprosy Home that was established in Shahdara. It also supports an ICU completely equipped with the latest medical technology at the LRS Institute of Chest Diseases. The Shri Sant Nagpal Chikitsa Nidan, Anusandhan Diagnostic Centre and the Shri Katyayani Chikitsa Kendra offers consultation services and medicines to the needy and poor at a very low and reasonable price and is opened to public between 0900 hours and 1300 hours on all days. The Ayurvedic Dispensary also organises free services to anyone in need every Saturday in the Dharamshala Complex within the Temple Complex itself.