Jhandewalan Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Maa Aadi Shakti (avatar of goddess Durga). The temple is located on Jhandewalan Road on the way to Karol Bagh, Delhi, India. This temple is also known as Shri Badri Bhagat Jhande Wala Mandir. The temple is another famous and respected shrine of the goddess. The name of this temple comes in the famous temples of Delhi. The temple receives a large number of devotees throughout the year. The name Jhandewalan was given during Shah Jahan's reign, due to the prayer flags or 'Jhandas' being offered.
It is said that Jhandewalan was once located in a mountain region. When this place was excavated then sanctum of goddess was descended and on this place the temple was established. It is believed that Badri Bhagat, one of the great devotee of Matarani, dreamed of her and she told him about this idol. When Badri Bhagat got the idol excavated at this place, the idol was found in the ground, but unfortunately the hands of the mother's idol were broken while digging. According to Hindu scriptures, worship of a broken idol is prohibited. Therefore, silver hands were made and installed in the idol of the mother. That idol of the mother is still installed safely in the temple cave. Thereafter the temple was constructed at the same place.
The original idol of Jhandewali Mata Ji is present at ground level. The temple is one of the famous religious site for Hindu's. Here everyone can come and worship irrespective of the caste and status. The temple is echoed with day and night chanting of the goddess mantras. The devotees are blessed with happiness, peace and good health.
There is also a well in the temple whose water is sweet and pure.
All the major festivals and cultural programs are organized in the temple by 'Badri Bhagat Jhandewalna Mandir Society'. All festivals are celebrated in Jhandewalan temple, especially on the festival of Durga Puja and Navratri, special puja is organized. On this day the temple is decorated with flowers and lights. The spiritual atmosphere of the temple provides peace to the heart and mind of the devotees.
For the propagation of Sanskrit, a seminar is run in the Veda Vidyalaya. In this seminar, Sanskrit-seekers from all over the country are given training in speaking Sanskrit. The facilities for the residence and food etc. of the learners are made by the temple.
Free dispensaries of Ayurveda, Allopathic, Homeopathic and Western systems have been established by Badri Bhagat Jhandewala Temple.