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Uttara Swami Malai Temple

Uttara Swami Malai Temple is located at the R.K Puram in South West Delhi. The temple is the most visited temple by the South Indian People. The temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminatha (known as Lord Murugan). The foundation stone was laid in 1965. The temple complex has three other main shrines dedicated to the Shree Karpaga Vinatagar (Brother of Lord Murugan), Shree Sundereswarar (Father of Lord Murugan) and goddess Meenakshi (Mother of Lord Murugan). A peacock is adopted by the temple because in Hinduism peacock is considered Lord Swaminatha's mount or vahana. The temple is built in the south Indian Style architecture.

About Uttara Swami Malai Temple

Uttara Swami Malai temple is located at the R.K Puram in south-west Delhi. In Tamil, Malai means a small hill. The temple is situated on the small hill. The foundation stone was laid by the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Bhakthavatsalam in the presence of the former prime minister of India Shree Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965.

The temple complex of the Presiding Deity was consecrated and the Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed on the 7th of June, 1973. And the temple of Shree Karpaga Vinatagar, Shree Sundereswarar and goddess Meenakshi were consecrated in 1990. The Navagrah Sannidhi along with idol Of Lord Shani temple consecrated in 1995. The temple complex draws inspiration from the Chol and Pandya style of South India.

The main idol of the Lord Murugan is built with the black stone. There is a hall after a few stairs that are called Adi Swami Hall. There is an idol of the Nag Devta on the right of stairs. There is one more south Indian religious temple in Delhi known as Uttara Guruvayurappan Temple.

Architecture Of Uttara Swami Malai Temple

The architecture of the temple is derived from the Cholera. The Swami Malai temple is built with granite. The temple committee kept many peacocks as pets. The other temples of Lord Sundereswarar and goddess Meenakshi’s architecture is derived from the Pandya era. About 75 carvers and sculptures carved the stone which used in the Swami Malai temple in Delhi.

The temple of Uttara Swami Malai in New Delhi is not built rather it is an assembled temple. Besides the main temple of Swaminatha, there are three other temples which respectively dedicated to his brother, father, and mother. The front staircase leads to the main temple. The pillar and walls of the temple have unique and beautiful designs.

There are separate queues for male and female devotees. There is a place in the corner where cultural programs are organized from time to time. The motto of the temple is “ No need to fear when God is here” has written on the board.

History Of Uttara Swami Malai Temple

The foundation stone of the temple had laid by the Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Bhakthavatsalam in the presence of former Prime Minister of India Late Shree Lal Bahadur Shastri. In 1973, the main temple for Sree Swaminatha Swami Temple – is consecrated and a Mahakumbhabhishekham performed. In 1990 the three other temples of lord Karpaga Vinayakar, Sree Sundareswaram, and Devi Meenakshi are consecrated and Mahakumbhabhishekhams performed. Later in 1995, the navgrah has been established in the temple along with the temple of idumban Swami. Later adi Sankara hall was inaugurated by the temple authority.

Festivals In Uttara Swami Malai Temple

  • Chaitra Purnima
  • Akshaya trithiy
  • Narasimha Chaturdashi
  • Aani tirumanjanam
  • Dakshinayana Punyakalam
  • Sri Varalakshmi Vratham
  • Gopashtami
  • VaiKunta Ekasadsi
  • Makar Sankranti

Opening And Closing Timing

This temple Opening & Closing times is 6.30 AM to 9.00 PM. The temple is remains close 12.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Pooja Timings

Vinayakar  Abhishekam 8.00 AM
Sundareswarar Abhishekam 8.30 Am
Devi Meenakshi Abhishekam 8.45 AM
Swaminatham Abhishekam 9.00 AM
Nav Grah Abhishekam 10.00 AM
Vinayakar  Abhishekam 5.45 PM
Sundareswarar Abhishekam 6.00 PM
Devi Meenakshi Abhishekam 6.15 PM
Swaminatham Abhishekam 6.30 PM

Location Of Uttara Swami Malai Temple

The temple is located in sector 7, R.K Puram, Palam Road, New Delhi. The nearest metro station is Munirika metro station and Vasant Vihar Metro station.

How To Reach

From Delhi Airport
Delhi is well connected to all national and international flights. The temple is 5.7 km away from here. You can hire a cab or bus to reach the temple.

From Delhi railway station
Delhi is well connected with the railway network. All the major trains pass through Delhi. The distance is 15 km from the new Delhi railway station. From here you can take the metro of public transport to reach the temple.

From Delhi Interstate Bus Station
You can reach the ISBT (interstate Bus Station) Kashmiri gate. From here you can take buses or the metro to reach the Temple. The distance is 17 km from ISBT. From here you can take the metro of public transport to reach the temple.

Tickets For Entry

Entry in the Temple complex is absolutely free.

Uttara Swami Malai Temple Famous For

The Uttara Swamy Malai Temple is famous for its south Indian architecture. This is one of the cultural hubs for south Indian people in Delhi. The temple has four Shrines respectively Lord Swaminathan and his family.

Uttara Swami Malai Temple Committee

The temple is managed by the Shree Swaminath Swami Sewa Samaj.

Do’s & Don’ts

    Things to Do.

  • There are two separate queues for male and female devotees. So don’t change your queues.
  • You can join the Morning and the Evening Aarti at the temple.
  • You should advise wearing decent clothes.
  • Things to Do Not.

  • Please don’t do any irrelevant activity during your visit.
  • Photography is not allowed at the prayer Hall.
  • Do not spit anywhere in the complex.


  • Is photography allowed at temple?

    No, photography is strictly prohibited in the temple.

  • what is the distance from the airport to Malai Mandir?

    The distance is 5.7 km from the airport to the Malai Mandir.

  • How many stairs are in the temple?

    There are approximately 90 steps to the Murugan Temple.

  • From where I can get the offering material?

    There are many shops nearby the temple where you can buy the offerings.

  • Is donation is compulsory at the temple?

    No, the donation is not compulsory but you can donate according to your wish.

  • Which is the nearest metro station?

    The nearest metro station is Munirika Metro station.

Other Places Near By The Uttara Malai Temple

  • Red Fort
  • Neeli chatri temple
  • Shani Dham
  • Chattarpur Temple
  • Lotus Temple
  • Iskcon Temple
  • Zoo logical Park
  • India Gate
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