Introduction: Yogmaya temple or locally known as “Jogmaya mandir” is not so famous temple among the general public of Delhi. Temple is an ancient Hindu shrine located a few hundred meters away from Qutub Minar in Mehrauli. Yogmaya was the sister of Lord Krishna and a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. The name “Yogmaya” literally means divine illusion. she is worshipped as the mother of all beings. The temple houses other Hindu gods and goddesses apart from Yogmaya Temple such as Ram Darbar, Lord Shiva, Shri Ganesha, Lord Hanuman, Shri krishna-radha and Bhairon ji.
The Yogmaya temple attracts a large number of devotees during the navratri festival celebration and also during the festival Phool Walon Ki Sair. Devotees of many communities offer flowers, chaddars and Prasad to goddess yogamaya at the temple. Two times renovated this temple has beautiful and unique domes which worth seeing. After passing the main gate of the temple one can see an entrance hall and then the more than 15 ft. wide holy altar where there is idol of goddess Yogmaya. Next to the temple lies a water body known as ‘Anangtal’ but local people called it Johad.
Mehrauli’s old name was called Yoginipuram which is named after the Mata Yogmaya. The Yogmaya temple has been standing for more than the past 5000 years. This temple which you can visit today was originally constructed in the mid of 12th century. It was believed to have been built originally by the Pandavas, at the end of the Mahabharata war.
The temple was first renovated during the rule of Akbar with the help of Lala sethmal. Later the shrine was renovated and reconstructed by the Rajput king ‘Hemu’. Legend has it that Aurangzeb added a room to convert this ancient temple into a mosque but failed to do so. That room today has converted into a storehouse for the temple and is used to store the food items and things which are offered by devotees to the temple.
This temple is said to be destroyed because by Ghazni who was the most prominent ruler of the Ghaznavid Empire in the beginning and later it was again destroyed by Mamluks. The temple was renovated and reconstructed by Hemu, the Rajput king. The present structure of the temple was built in the early 19th century.
Open: Daily 06:00 AM To 08:00 PM
Address: Khasra No. 1806, Mehrauli, Delhi-110030
Nearest metro station: Qutb minar
Celebrations: Phool Walon Ki Sair, Navratris maha, Shivratri