India is the abode of majestic Hindu gods who are the hub of excessive energy, strength, and magical supernatural powers. When it comes to the worship of gods people prefer to perform many traditional rituals, recite verses, do aarti-Seva and other services to please their beloved idol. People also travel distant places to visit temples dedicated to their idol and offer their services. There are several temples in India that are renowned throughout the globe and considered important due to the valuable facts attached to their existence.
If we talk about Lord Hanuman, there are many temples in different parts of India which are dedicated to the worship of Hanuman. Also known as ‘Bajrang Bali’, Hanuman is the God of immense power, strength, fearlessness and good health.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Varanasi:
One of the most popular and pious temples of Varanasi, Sankat Mochan Hanuman is visited by thousands of devotees every year. There are many Hanuman temples but Sankat Mochan Hanuman is special which draws the attention of devotees throughout the country.
The main reason behind people visiting this temple is Sankat Mochan which means ‘the one who prevents all sort of problems. So, people suffering from physical diseases, mental or other health issues visit this temple with the hope of getting rid of all problems.
The temple was built by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya who was also a freedom fighter. It is also said that the idol of Hanuman was initially installed by Tulsidas who got the darshan of Hanuman here. The temple encompasses a 600 years old forest spread in 5 and a half-acre area, a Kadamb Tree, a pond in front of which there is the idol of Lord Ram.
Jakhoo Temple, Himachal Pradesh:
Nestled at an exotic location in Shimla, Jakhoo Temple is the popular Hanuman temple in Himachal Pradesh. The temple flaunts the 108 feet tall Jakhoo Temple, Himachal Pradesh which is situated at an altitude of 8100 feet, which makes it the highest statue of Lord Hanuman.
Situated amidst lush greenery on Jakhoo hill the temple is about approx 2 km in height from the ground level. Owing to its height the statue is visible from different parts of Shimla. The temple area is occupied with mischievous monkeys who are always curious to snatch things from visitors.
As per the popular myth, Lord Hanuman rested on Jakhoo Hill while traveling to the Himalayas for Sanjeevni Booti for Lakshman when he was hurt by Meghnad.
Panchamukhi Hanuman Temples of India:
According to a known myth, once Hanuman entered into the Patala loka to seek Lord Rama and Lakshman. There it came into his knowledge that the life of Ahiravana was hidden in five lamps placed in different directions. To kill Ahiravana these lamps were supposed to be extinguished at the same time. To accomplish this task Hanuman divided himself into five forms popularly known as Panchmukhi Hanuman.
Panchmukhi Temples is a rare idol of Hanuman with five faces found at a few Hanuman temples in India. The temple has its own story of the existence of five-faced Hanuman by itself. Most of the temples are visited by thousands of devotees who get the blessings of Hanuman.
A few of the Panchmukhi Hanuman Temples in India are Panchamukha Hanuman at Kumbakonam, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple in Mumbai, Panchamukhi Anjaneya Temple at Mantralayam, Viswaroopa Panchmukha Anjaneyaswami at Tiruvallur, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple in Hyderabad and Panchamuga Anjaneya Temple in Pondicherry.
Balaji Hanuman Temple, Mehendipur:
Bhoot Pichach Nikat Nhi Aawe, Mahavir Jab Naam Sunawe’, a popular verse from ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ is found to be true at Balaji Hanuman Temple situated in Mehendipur, Rajasthan. This temple is well known for curing people throughout the world who are under the influence of some black magic or evil spirit. It is said that millions of people visit this temple and thousands of people get rid of negative energies every year.
If you are visiting this temple then it can be a horrific sight for you as people with negative energies are found in abnormal conditions here. It is also said that nothing should be taken back from here and one must consume the prasadam within the temple area.
Chitrakoot is the sacred place mentioned in the epic Ramayana where Lord Rama stayed with Sita and brother Lakshman. Hanuman Dhara Temple adds value to Chitrakoot as the temple is dedicated to Hanuman.
According to the texts, when Hanuman did set the entire Lanka on fire with his tail, he himself got burnt and was full of rage. He prayed to Lord Rama for help and to calm down his heat and anger. The spring which appeared out of the rock, when Lord Ram shot an arow towards it, is popularly known as Hanuman Dhara today. This water continuously flows down the left hand of Hanuman and is also an effective cure for people suffering from dama or other diseases.