An introduction of Hanuman Mandir, Connought Place
The Hanuman Mandir at Connaught Place Delhi is acclaimed to be one of the five Temples in the city of Indraprastha on the banks of the Yamuna River since the Mahabharata days. It is located in Central Delhi at a walking distance from the Connaught Place. Originally built by Maharaja Man Singh I in the 16th century during the reign of Emperor Akbar, this temple was renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century, in 1724 to be precise. Ever since, there have been more renovations to the Temple making it one of the most significant Temples in the city of Delhi.
The Temple’s cultural and religious importance
One of the significant features of Hanuman Mandir Cannaught Place is that it bears the symbol of a crescent moon on the vimana or the spiral, instead of the conventional Hindu signs the Aum or the Sun symbol. The moon that is the symbol of the Islam religion is said to have been given to Tulsidas, by the Mughal Emperor. Tulsidas who came to visit the Temple was summoned by the Emperor and asked to perform a miracle before him which he did with the help of Hanumanji’s blessings. This pleased the Emperor who gifted the moon for the Temple which adorns the spiral till date.
The presiding deity
The inner Sanctum Sanctorum has the glorious image idol of Shree Hanumanji on the northern wall. A specialty of this idol in this Temple is that it faces the south and is said to be swayambhuhu or a self-manifested one. The idol of hanuman mandir cannaught place is a representation of the Bala Hanuman which means Hanuman at a young age. This is due to the fact that the idol corroborates the story of Mahabharata where Hanumanji self-manifested himself to Bhima, his younger brother in the forest when Bhima realized that the monkey on his way was his elder brother Hanuman.
Details of main idol
The south facing glorious idol is a medium-sized brass-relief carving. In this Temple, devotees can only discern a single eye of Hanumanji. The idol has a Gada or a mace held in the right hand. This hand holding the Mace is crossed across his chest as a symbol of respect to the Shree Ram whose idol is adjacent. A pious thread crosses over Hanumanji’s shoulder and he is shown clad in decorative dhoti.
Other adjacent shrines
Since Hanumanji was the ultimate devotee of Shree Rama, the idols of Shree Rama along with those of Laxman and Sita are placed to the right side of the idol of Hanumanji. This triumvirate is at the center of the main entrance foyer. Adjacent to the right-hand side of this Shrine is the Shrine of Radha and Krishna. There are also adjoing shrines of Goddess Durga and Ganesh within the precincts.
Rituals and nature of worship
Tuesdays and Saturdays are days of the week that are specially dedicated for the worship of Hanumanji. The hanuman mandir cannaught place timings on Tuesdays differ from those of other days. Every day, the gates open at 5 am following which there is arati at 5.30 am. On Tuesdays however, the Temple opens at 4.30 am and the arati takes place at 5am in the morning. A specialty in the puja at this Temple involves the continuous and non-stop recitation of the Sri Ram Jap for twenty-four hours of the day. Anyone can worship Hanumanji with tulsi leaves, sesame seeds, sugar and red gram with devotion.
Special occasions and celebration
Hanuman Jayanti, or the birthday of Hanumanji is celebrated in the month of Chaitra, on its full moon day according to the Hindu lunar calendar. The date approximately falls towards the end of March and beginning of April. On this day, special yajnas are performed by devotees for fulfillment of their wishes, and also to honor him for fulfillment of wishes. There are colorful processions where devotees wear the Hanuman masks, tails and carry large idols of Hanumanji and festoons on the streets.
Since Hanumanji is a devotee of Lord Rama, there are a number of special occasions that are celebrated in this Temple other than the Hanuman Jayanti. Diwali is a major celebration here at this Temple, as it signifies the victory of Shree Ram over Ravana. The festivals of Ramnavami and that of Holi are also important celebrations here as they are related to the worship of deities in the main shrine area with Hanumanji. Shiv Ratri is another major event that is celebrated with much favor at this Temple. There are throngs to devotees who pour in to worship in this Temple.
Pilgrimage to the Hanmuan Mandir
As one of the five legendary Temples from the epic age of Mahabharata, pilgrimage to this hanuman mandir cannaught place new delhi has special significance. Hanumanji is also known as sankatmochan or one who relieves one from all kinds of problems and miseries. A pilgrimage experience to this sacred Temple is said to have this powerful influence on the devotee.