Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, famous Hanuman temple established in the Sankatmochan area via Bhelupur, Durga Mandir, and Manas Mandir via Rath Yatra from the railway station.
This famous temple of Hanuman ji was built by Saint Tulsidas ji in the 16th century. Since then, this temple has been renovated many times. This temple is very powerful and remover the sorrows of the afflicted. That’s why its fame is increasing day by day. A huge statue of Hanuman Ji is installed in the Sankatmochan Hanuman temple. Hanuman ji is in child form in Tulsi temple. It is self-proclaimed. Hanuman ji established at Tulsi Ghat in Banaras.
It believed that in the 16th century, when Maharishi Tulsidas Ji composed Ramcharitmanas and Hanuman Chalisa, then the devotee Hanuman appeared to him at this place (Varanasi Hanuman Mandir), which is also called the ancient Hanuman temple of Varanasi.
After some time, Maharishi Tulsidas ji got a temple dedicated to Hanuman ji built at the same place (Hanuman Mandir Varanasi Uttar Pradesh) and named it Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, that is, the one who removes the troubles of his devotees.
Story of Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
Goswami Tulsidas ji had composed Ramcharitmanas, whose chapters he used to read and recite to the devotees every day at Assi Ghat in Varanasi and used to do Ram Bhajan. Hearing his story, an old leprosy patient would come first every day and leave last. He used to sit at the end behind all the devotees.
Tulsidas ji used to give water to the Peepal tree every morning. One day a vampire sitting on that peepal tree asked him if he wanted to meet Shri Ram. Tulsidas ji got excited hearing this and asked him that but who will introduce me to Shri Ram? Then the vampire replied Hanuman.
Hearing this, Tulsidas ji fell into doubt, then the vampire told him that the old leprosy patient who comes daily to listen to your story is Hanuman. Hearing this, Tulsidas became very excited. Next time after listening to the story of Rama, when everyone left, Tulsidas Ji followed the old man.
Hanuman Ji understood that he was being followed by Tulsidas ji, so he stopped there. As soon as Hanuman Ji stopped, Tulsidas Ji fell at his feet and begged him to come back in his real form. After this Hanuman Ji appeared to him in his real form. Then Maharishi Tulsidas ji recited Hanuman Chalisa written by him for the first time in front of Hanuman Ji.
After this Tulsidas Ji asked Hanuman the way to meet Shri Ram. Then Hanuman told him that Shri Ram and his younger brother Lakshman would meet him in Chitrakoot. So, he went to Chitrakoot to meet him. Then Hanuman Ji left there. Sankatmochan Hanuman temple built by Tulsidas ji on the ghat where Hanuman ji used to come to listen to the text of Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas ji.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Structure
This temple spread over eight and a half acres of land, in which the main temple situated on a land of 2 acres. The rest of the land allowed to remain as it is which is a forest area. In this forest, thousands of monkeys in the form of Hanuman ji keep roaming from here to there.
Hanuman ji idol in Temple
The idol of Lord Hanuman installed in the temple in such a way that his face towards his Lord Lord Shri Ram and he is being seen only one tuck. The idols of Shri Ram, Mata Sita and Lakshman ji installed in front of the idol of Lord Hanuman.
Every year lakhs of devotees come here and pray to Lord Hanuman to remove their troubles. Special gram flour laddus offered to Lord Hanuman in this temple. These laddus prepared in the temple itself with special ingredients in desi ghee, which packed in bamboo boxes and given to the devotees. The fame of this Prasad is not only in the country but also abroad.
Devotees who come here offer vermilion mixed with jasmine oil to Hanuman Ji. Apart from this, Chola clothes which are yellow in color also offered. It believed that by doing this all their beliefs fulfilled. Along with this, the devotees also give bananas and other fruits to the monkeys there.
The music Festival (Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh)
Every year a special music festival organized for the devotees in this temple which takes place in the month of April. In this ceremony, many Hanuman troupes, singers, and artists from the country and abroad come to show their talent. Artists do not charge any kind of fee for performing their performances in the temple.
The temple has 9 priests and 100 employees. The area of the temple is about 2 acres. Hanuman Jayanti festival held in Kartik- Chaitra. There are about 50 shops selling fruits, flowers, and prasad. The number of devotees who come here is 7-8 thousand on normal days, 20-25 thousand on Tuesday and Saturday, 50-60 thousand on Hanuman Jayanti, and about 35-40 lakh devotees visit in the whole year.
Devotees come here, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Worshiping Hanuman ji on this day has special significance. Apart from music festivals, special events organized here on festivals like Ramnavami, Hanuman Jayanti, Deepawali, etc.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir Timings
The temple opens at 5 in the morning. At this time, morning aarti and also Hanuman Chalisa recited. Morning aarti performed with various drums and chants. The temple remains closed in the afternoon between 12 to 3 pm. After this, the evening aarti takes place at 9 o’clock and after that, the temple closed. According to the change in the season, there a slight change in the timing of the aarti.
Terrorist Attack On Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
To destroy the reputation and influence of this temple, on March 7, 2006, terrorists tried to blow up the temple by detonating a bomb. Fifty devotees injured in this explosion and many devotees went to heaven. After this, the influence of the troubleshooter increased even more. The security system of the temple tightened. 40-50 policemen always deployed for security.
How to reach Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir
This temple is located in Varanasi, the largest and most ancient religious city in India. Train and bus facilities from all the major cities of the country are available here. With this, now an airport built here.
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