Lord Hanuman is the son of Vayu the Wind God and is considered the most faithful enthusiast of Lord Rama. His devotion and loyalty to the Lord are legendary. He is a Vedic scholar and has many epithets, including Anjaneya (son Anjana’s mother), Maruti (son Vayu (wind), and Bajrangbali (“one as strong as a diamond”). Many people worship this powerful and multifaceted god. There is a widespread number of Hanuman temples worldwide, particularly in India.
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List of 8 Famous Hanuman Temples in India.
#1 Hanuman Mandir Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
Lord Hanuman’s statue measures 20 feet in length and 8 feet in width. It is underground and is reclining, thus the name ‘Lete Hanuman’ Mandir. Half of the idol is immersed in water. The legend says that the water from the Ganga flows to the feet of Lord Hanuman’s idol every year. Because the idol is so big, the temple is known as Bade (big) Hanumanji Temple. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman rested after he had burned Lanka. Another legend states that this huge structure was built by a childless trader and bathed at different pilgrimage sites. He hoped that his dreams would come true if the statue were left at Prayag Allahabad. Later, he did this, and a son was born.
2. Mahavir Mandir Patna
This temple was built by Swami Balanand (1730), an ascetic. Many refugees fled India during the 1947 partition of India, and this temple was one of the most prominent. This temple was originally built as a concrete house, but it was later replaced in 1987 by a marble one. There are three levels to the temple. Ground floor – This is where Lord Hanuman’s idols are located. One idol fulfills devotees’ wishes, and the other purifies their sins. Here is also a place to worship Lord Shiva. The first floor houses Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Nandi, and the idols of Goddess Parvati. The Ramsetu Shila is also on the first floor. This stone is thought to be part of the bridge that Lord Rama built to allow him to cross to Lanka to save Sita. The second floor is used for religious ceremonies. It is second only to Vaishno Devi, Jammu, and Kashmir’s most famous religious shrine. Thousands of devotees line up every Ram Navami to see this temple. Manakamana Temple is its name. It is believed that pure prayers will bring about the fulfillment of their desires.
3. Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar, Gujarat
Since August 1, 1964, continuous chanting of “Sri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram ” has been constant. The devotional has taken to chant the same hymns night and day. This devotion has been recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is an attractive tourist spot close to the temple. In this temple, the statues of God Ram, Lakshmana, Goddess Sita, and Hanuman. This temple was established in 1963-64 by Shri Prem Bhushanji Maharaj.
4. Jakhu Temple Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana was hit by an arrow while fighting Ravana, the demon king’s army. He fell unconscious during the Ramayana war. Lord Hanuman began a search to find sanjivani booti – herbs that would revive Lakshmana. It is believed that Lord Hanuman stayed on the mountaintop to rest during his search. Here is an annual festival called Dussehra. The temple is now more accessible thanks to a ropeway that was built in 2017. The magnificent Shivalik mountain range can be seen from the hilltop. You will find colonies upon the hilltop of monkeys eager to welcome you as if to honor Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. In 2010, a 108-foot idol of Hanuman was revealed. The temple was built in 2010 after Lord Hanuman visited the spot during the Ramayana war.
5. Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple Varanasi
Sankat mochan is a name that means “one who relieves us of our troubles.” This temple accepts the prasad or offering of besan ladoo (sweetened balls made from gram flour). To overcome the negative effects of the planets, people worship Lord Hanuman in this temple. Here is Sankat Morchan Sangeet Samaroh every April. This concert features classical music and dance. Members arrive from all parts of India and abroad. On the full moon night in Chaitra, an annual festival is held here. This is where it is believed that Tulsidas saw Lord Hanuman. This temple can be seen with Lord Hanuman facing Lord Rama. It is believed that it was established by Sant Goswami Tulsidas (author of Ramcharitmanas) in the 16th Century.
6. Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple Rameshwaram
Ravana, a demon king, sought the assistance of Mahiravana (or Mayil Ravana) during the Ramayana war. The demon disguised himself as Vibheeshana, Lord Rama’s brother, and was on Lord Rama’s side. He tricked Lord Rama into going to patala loka and killing him. According to legend, Mayil Ravana was killed by Lord Hanuman when he had to extinguish five lamps at once (some legends even say five wasps). To accomplish this, Lord Hanuman took on the Panchmukhi Hanuman appearance. This temple is believed to be the spot where Lord Hanuman revealed his form. The five-faced idol (Panchamukhi) of Lord Hanuman features the Lord in the middle (facing east), Lord Narasimha, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Garuda (facing north), and Lord Hayagriva on the sides. Here you will also find idols dedicated to Lord Rama and Sita, his consort. This temple is home to floating stones believed to have been used to construct the famous Ram Sethu Bridge. It is located 2 km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. It is believed that devotees pray there. Lord Narasimha will help them defeat their enemies. Lord Garuda to defeat the negative effects of planets. Lord Varaha to increase wealth. Lord Hayagriva is for gnana (enlightenment).
7. Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple Namakkal
According to legend, Lord Vishnu’s wife, Goddess Lakshmi did penance on this spot. Lord Hanuman created an image of Lord Vishnu out of saligrama, a fossilized stone. Goddess Lakshmi expressed the desire to see Lord Vishnu as his Narasimha avatar. Lord Hanuman gave the image to Goddess Lakshmi to protect until his return. Lakshmi put the image on this spot, and it grew into a mount just before Lord Hanuman could come back. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu appeared before them as Narasimha. Panguni Uthiram, a 15-day festival held every year in March-April during the Tamil month Panguni, is celebrated. All the deities are photographed in the streets around the temple. Devotees also visit the Narasimhaswamy temple, which is located at the foothills. The sanctum is accessible via a hall with pillars. The temple is home to the Narasimha shrine, which stands at the foothills. It boasts one of India’s tallest Hanuman statues at 18 feet.
8. Hanuman Garhi Ayodhya
The temple is constructed like a fort, with all four sides covered. A circular bastion houses the Lord Hanuman temple. It is located in all four corners. The main temple contains an idol of Maa Anjana and Bal Hanuman, who sits on her lap. The temple is accessed via 76 steps. 76 steps reach the temple. It is believed that Lord Hanuman used to live in this cave and guard Ramkot, the birthplace of Lord Rama. This temple is close to Lord Rama’s heart because Lord Hanuman, Lord Rama’s greatest devotee, is here. This temple is a must-see for devotees before they can visit Lord Rama’s temple. During Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanthi, devotees flock to this temple to pray for their desires to be fulfilled.