The Temples of Mahabharata: Nili Chhatri Temple

This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located near Salimgarh Fort by the banks of river Yamuna. It is believed to have been established by Prince Yudhishthira, the eldest Pandava brother, during the Mahabharata period.


During the Mughal Period, just like several other temples in and around Delhi, even this was converted into a mosque. It houses the tomb of Naubat Khan, a state official during Akbar’s rule. The walls surrounding the tomb aren’t in the best shape but have several inscriptions. The tomb also has verses from the Quran. The name of the temple signifies its appearance, which includes the use of blue caustic tiles. Hence the name ‘Nili’, which is blue in Hindi.

Discover more about the many temples in the capital and their significances. The ancient city of Delhi is home to a rich heritage of Mughals and Hindu mythology as well. Learn more about the sacred establishments in the city with the guidance of our experienced travel desk. One of the many reasons why we are one of the best hotels in South Delhi.

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