Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple

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Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain

You've probably seen a lot of Dravidian-style temples in South India, but have you ever seen one in Delhi? This granite Dravidian-style temple is located in RK Puram, New Delhi, over a small mound, as the name MALAI TEMPLE implies (Hill Temple in Tamil).

Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain

Because I was unfamiliar with the norms, I accompanied a buddy who is now married to a Tamil Brahmin. She let me tour the temple because she was well-versed in Tamil customs and ceremonies.

I enjoy investigating architecture, and seeing such a temple for the first time was a dream come true for me. The temple exuded all the South Indian feelings imaginable. Majestic Gates with sacred emblems, Gajra Stalls, and so forth.

Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain
Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain

This temple honours Lord Swaminatha, also known as Lord Murugan. When we went to the sanctum sanctorum, there was something heavenly there, and I couldn't take my eyes off the idol. It was so lovely that I felt as if there was a connection, and I could have stayed there for hours just staring at the idol.

There were several other little temples in the compound that were equally lovely and one-of-a-kind.

Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain
Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain
Photo of Uttra Swami Malai Mandir : Delhi's very own Chola-Style Temple by Jayant Jain

Although there are specific restrictions that unmarried friends must respect, such as not applying "Vibhuti"/"Tilak" to her head because the right is solely reserved for her spouse, etc. Please forgive me if I said something incorrectly; it was what my friend informed me during the visit.