Gauri Shankar Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the Old Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and houses an approximately 800-year old brown lingam, made up of phallus stone. The Lingam is encircled by snakes and represents a "cosmic pillar, the center of universe, the life itself". There are bejeweled statues of Gauri (Goddess Parvati) and Shankar (Lord Shiva), standing beneath the silver canopy, inside the main shrine. Along with these idols, are the idols of their sons, Ganesh (the elephant headed god) and Kartik, (the god of war).
The Gaurishankar Mandir of Delhi counts amongst the most revered
temples of Shaivism (a sect of Hinduism that worships Lord Shiva) in
India. A flight of marble steps, adorned with pillars carved with chains
and bells, lead into the temple courtyard. The offerings made in the
Delhi Gauri Shankar Temple include bilva (wood apple), chandan (sandal
wood paste), marigolds, red powder, rice and cotton threads. One of the
highlights of the temple is a marble chair of Bhagat Swaroup Bramachari.
He was a Hindu saint who spent more than 50 years in the temple.
Many legends are associated with the temple. One of them is that Apa
Ganga Dhar, a Maratha Hindu Soldier was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva.
One day, he got badly injured in a battle, with the survival chances
being quite dim. He prayed to the Lord and made a pledge that if he
survives, he will build a temple dedicated to the Lord. To everyone's
amazement, he survives and thereafter, built the temple that is today
known as the Gauri Shankar Temple. Another legend is that one-day,
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ordered that the temple bells would not be
rung. From that day onwards to the next three days, he kept hearing the
ringing of the bells in his ears. Finally, he relented and took back his