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Monday, October 10, 2011

Gauri Shankar Temple , Delhi


The 800 year old Gauri Shankar Temple is located next to the Digambar Jain Temple on the main Chandni Chowk road amidst the mixed fragrance of numerous flowers displayed for sale in the nearby flower shops. One of the most important temples of Shaivism (a sect of Hinduism that worships Lord Shiva) in the country, it has an 800-year-old brown lingam (phallus stone) encased in a marble representation of a female organ. Surrounded by snakes made of silver, the lingam according to Hinduism represents a 'cosmic pillar, the center of universe, the life itself'.
 The auspicious day to visit the temple is on Monday as it is considered the day of Lord Shiva. The temple is beautifully decorated during the festival of Shivaratri when thousands of devotees come to seek blessings from their deity.

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