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31 October 2011

Kalka Mandir


God Standard Time.

It's rush hour at Kalka Mandir in Delhi's East of Kailash. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, it is one of the oldest Kali temples in India.

The Archaeological Survey of India mentions 1764 as the year of the temple's construction. Some centuries later, it is difficult to locate the exact physical shape of the temple, as houses and shops have mushroomed on the vaguely demarcated compound.

Delhi Police signboards are everywhere, warning visitors against pickpockets, petty thieves and people who offer sweets and fruits laced with chemicals.

















The bottom portion of this structure is what's left of the original temple built in 1734.







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