Hanuman Mandir

About The Temple

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.

How To Reach

The hanuman mandir cannaught place delhi is situated at Kharak Singh Road.

 

  • The best way to go to this Temple is to reach the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.
  • It is about 3 km form this Metro station and so you can wither walk for about seven minutes or hire an auto rickshaw that will cost about fifty rupees.
  • You can also avail car rental facilities between Rajiv Chowk Metro and the Hanuman Mandir.
  • The Indira Gandhi International Airport is about 15 km. The orange line metro from there will bring you to the New Delhi Metro Station from where you will have to take the yellow line to disembark at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.
  • New Delhi Railway Station is about 27 km and the yellow line Metro will bring you to the Rajiv Chowk Metro station.
  • You can also hire cabs that will cover the distance in about fifteen minutes.
  • The nearest railway station is however the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, and it is at a distance of only 7 km form the Hanuman Mandir. You can hire a cab if you are a first timer to Delhi or take a walk to the Temple.

 

Nearby Attractions

Delhi is predominantly known for it’s Mughal architecture as it was the capital of the Mughals. But there are also some breathtakingly beautiful Temples and important pilgrimage spots too apart from the famous Hanuman Mandir at Connaught place.

  • The Lotus Temple Delhi: It is a Bahai temple that is open to humans of any religion. Structured in the form of a Lotus in concrete, the Temple is an architect’s delight.
  • The Akshardham Temple: The recently constructed Temple in 2005 is a splendid creation in terms of art and architecture. Sprawling over a huge area, the Temple is surrounded by Fort like walls, has water a body around it and hosts the statue of Swaminayana.
  • The ISKCON Temple: This Temple is a part of the Krishna Consciousness movement and the aim of this Temple is to spread the spiritual knowledge and educational techniques that will help you attain the real understanding of human life and it’s value.
  • The Birla Temple: Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, it was built in 1939. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the protector of the world. The historicity of the Temple is that it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation on the condition that it would allow humans of all castes to enter it.
  • The Chattarpur Mandir: It is located close to the Qutub Minar and is a fusion of the architecture of Southern and Northern India. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali in her form Katyayani.
  • The Gauri Shankar Temple: This is a famous Temple for it’s eight hundred year old brown colored Shivlinga made out of phallus stone and is surrounded by snakes. The structure in it’s totality symbolizes Shiva as the center of the universe and the cosmic pillar. The temple is located in the Old Delhi region.
  • The Yogamaya Temple: Located near the Qutub Minar, it is dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, sister of Shree Krishna and is one of the Temples to have been rebuilt after the repeated destruction by the Ghaznis and the Mamluks.
  • Kalkaji Temple: It is located close to the commercial complex of Nehru Place is dedicated to Kalka Devi or Goddess Kali. It was built in 1771 during the reign of the Marathas.

 

History Of Temple

The hanuman mandir history has an interesting and legendary history apart from it historical existence since the 17th century. Hindu legends state that five temples were built by the Pandavas after their defeat of the Kauravas in the war of Kurukshetra. The Hanuman Temple at Connaught Place is one of the five Temples built by the Pandavas. The other four Temples built by them are the famous Kalkaji or the Kali Temple in the Southern part of Delhi that contains the Swayambu form stone idol, the Yogmaya Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna’s sister.

The Bhairav Temple near the Purana Qila and the Nili Chatri Mahadev or the Shiva temple at the Nigambodh Ghat outside the precincts of Old Delhi are the two other Temples said to be built by the Pandavas after their victory. Legends from the Mahabharata state that Bhima, one of the Kauravas was powerful and arrogant because of this physical prowess. To cut down his arrogance, Hanuman, who is said to be the elder brother of Bhima, lay in the forest as weak monkey blocking the way of Bhima.

Bhima arrogantly asked the monkey to remove his tail to which the monkey replied that since he was old, he could not do it himself and asked Bhima to do it. Bhima however could not lift the tail despite his physical power and he realized that the monkey was Hanuman. He apologized and asked Hanuman to show his true form. Hanuman manifested himself to the size in which he went to Lanka. And after the Kauravas defeated the Pandavas, they built the Temple to honor Hanuman, Shiva and Kali in their swayambhuhu forms or the self-manifested forms.