Shree Shanidham Temple, Delhi
New Delhi, New Delhi
Situated at Chhatarpur Road, near Asola, Delhi, Shani Dham Temple is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shani. The idol of Shani dev was consecrated by Anant Shree Vibhushit Jagat Guru Shankracharya Swami Madhvasharam ji on 31st May, 2003. The temple has the world's tallest statue of Shani.
According to the legends, it is believed that people recovered from their ailments after having the darshan of Lord Shani and offering oil there.
There is an idol of Lord Hanuman on the right side of the two Shani Statues. It is faced towards South. On the left side of this idol, is the oblation pool. On the South side of this pool the idols of the nine planets are there. The temple has the world's tallest statue of Shani.
Men has to wear red lungi (after having taken a bath) while visiting temple.
Delhi has always been a major attraction is terms of fairs and festivals observed in the city. Lohri, Holi and Diwali are the main festivals celebrated in the city. Chhat Puja, Durga Puja, Eid-ul-Fitr are some other festivals of Indian region celebrated with pomp and splendor in Delhi. Besides, Delhi is also influenced by the culture of its bordering states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. Not only this, the famous monuments like the Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, etc add to the charm of the capital city.
Shree Sidh Shakti Peeth Shanidham, Shree Shani Tirth Kshetra, 329, Asola, Fatehpur Beri, Mehrauli, Delhi 110074
By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport is the official airport of Delhi, and is around 16.6 km from Shanidham mandir.
By Rail: Delhi city operates a well connected metro rail. Nearest metro stations to the temple are Chattarpur station and Qutub metro station.
By Road: Several state government run buses and taxis operate round the city which transport to Chattarpur area.
There are no priests or sages in this temple. All the devotees, both men and women, perform their own poojas to the God at the idol.
1) Offering oil (Telabhishek) to God Shani while chanting the mantras 'Om Sham Shanishcharaya Nameh', 'Om Pram Preem Prom Se Shanishcharaya Nameh', 'Om Sham Shanishcharaya Nameh' while circumambulating the 'Shila Murty' (idol) is the basic ritual at the temple.
2) Offering one's footwear, embracing and kissing the idol is a traditional ritual.
3) On every Saturday and on Shani Amavasya religious poojas related to the deity are performed in the temple.
Offering oil (Telabhishek) to God Shani
Navratri Pooja -Navratri, also known as Durga Pooja, is a festival celebrated in the honor of nine different forms of the Goddess Durga, for nine consecutive days. The Goddess of Power is worshipped during these days in order to seek her blessings and protection.
Deepawali Pooja - Deepawali, the festival of lights, is the festival of Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that when Goddess Laxmi is offered pooja and worship on the eve of Deepawali, she blesses her devotees with peace and prosperity. On the eve of Deepawali, a traditional 'Lakshmi Pooja' is performed after sunset.
Special Pooja on Shani Amawasya - On each Shani Amavasya, rituals such as 'Pitra Dosh' & 'Kaal Sarpa Dosh' are performed at Shani Dham to the God. On such occasions, special worship and 'Telabhishek' (bathing the idol of God Shani with mustard oil) are performed.