Hanumangarhi

About The Temple

Hanumangarhi, Ayodhya Is The Holy Abode Of Sankat Mochan

Amongst the most sacred destinations of pilgrimage in Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya bears the rich legacy of being the birth place of Lord Rama. The Hanumangarhi Mandir, located in Sai Nagar, Ayodhya is the holy abode of Lord Hanuman. Among the most famous shrines of Sankat Mochan in Northern India, one can pay respects to the Hanumangarhi shrine, by climbing 76 steps. According to historical facts, the land for the construction of the temple was a donation by the Nawab of Awadh. Approximately, around the middle era of the 10th century, the construction of this holy shrine was materialized by Nawab’s Hindu courtier.

Unique cultural significance

Because of natural calamities and atrocities of war, several times, the region of Ayodhya underwent massive destruction, followed by reconstruction. But the mythological sources state that the Hanumangarhi Ayodhya temple withstood the entire effects of the atrocities and till this date, stands tall. Moreover, the temple bears the relics of some unique cultural practices of the region. Almost around the major parts of the year, the temple is flooded with fortune tellers from various parts of the region. Moreover, the temple arena reverberates with overwhelming shouts of pilgrims and devotees, paying respects to Hanuman Ji. Apart from that, during the worship of the Lord, a unique specialty; besan laddoos, are offered by the pilgrims.

Principal deity of the temple

The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman. According to the popular religious beliefs, Hanuman Ji showers blessings on the pilgrims and devotees and shields them from the major obstacles of life. Moreover, those with a religious bent of mind, visit the place, to receive the blessings of Sankat Mochan. Believers in the Lord are said to be successful in every endeavor of their lives. Moreover, Pavan Putra Hanuman is also the royal guard of Lord Rama, fighting with all his might, against the evil forces of Ravana.

Intricate details of idol

Dedicated devotes of Lord Hanuman make it a point to visit the temple every Tuesday and Saturday. Moreover, the shrine houses one of the unique idols of the Lord. In this temple, the Hanuman Ji idol rests in the affectionate arms of his mother, Shri Anjani Devi. Situated in the inner sanctorum of the temple, this particular idol represents the infant manifestation of Pavan Putra, signifying the innocence of childhood. Approximately, the height of the idol is 6 inches, adorned with jewels and garlands as offerings.

Rituals and beliefs

Apart from the distinguished religious significance of the temple, it is also the bearer of spectacular architectural excellence. Moreover, the temple resembles the structure of a fort with circular bastisons, situated at all the four corners. The rituals followed in the temple are in complete adherence to the Vedic rules of worship. Most importantly, the artis performed at different hours of the day, celebrate the glory of the Lord in full fervor. Firstly, the Mangalarti is performed by the priest, followed by a Shringar Arti. Sandhya Arti occurs at seven o clock in the evening. Use of Vermillion in the puja rituals is also prevalent.

Celebration of festivities

Apart from devotees and pilgrims paying regular visits to the temple to pay tributes, the Hanumangarhi temple records the optimum footfall during special festivities. The temple hosts the sacred celebrations of Ram Navami, Dussehra, and Dipawali. According to the Hindu calendar, the Shukla Paksha, occurring on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra, marks the birth of Lord Rama. During this festivity, the temple arena reverberates with the Akhand Paath, a majority of which is taken from Ramacharitamanas. Another significant celebration of the temple is Dussehra, which celebrates the victorious feat of Lord Rama against the evil forces of demon king Ravana.

Post Dussehra celebrations, the temple host Diwali, after a period of twenty days. By the Hindu Lunisolar calendar, Deepawali festivities occur during the month of Kartikeya, usually on the night of the new moon. Pilgrims and devotees from every part of the country, gather in huge numbers to celebrate the festivities of the temple, with huge zeal and grandeur.

Paying pilgrimage to Sankat Mochan

Amidst the sacred spots of pilgrimage in Ayodhya, the Hanuman Garhi acquires a special place in the hearts of dedicated devotees and believers. Moreover, the temple offers unique spiritual ambiance for the followers of Hanuman Ji, for uplifting their inner souls. Apart from the festivities of Ram Navami, Diwali and Dussehra, those with special wishes and offerings to Sankat Mochan can pay their respects at any hour of the day, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

How To Reach

Visiting the Ayodhya temple is not that tough, as the temple offers transport viability from almost every region of the country. Moreover, the Ayodhya offers lucid transportation in almost all the possible mediums. Apart from that, the place also offers superior connectivity through road, rail and air transportation mediums.

 

  • By road: In terms of offering connectivity through road, the temple offers the best options for pilgrims and devotees taking the road route. Because of its lucid connection with Faizabad, situated at 6 kilometers from Ayodhya, pilgrims can take the route through that region. Apart from that, dedicated devotes from Lucknow, located at 135 kilometers can also arrive at the temple. Also to this, dedicated worshippers can take the road routes from Varanasi, Gorakhpur, and Allahabad, which are situated at a distance of 200, 175 and 165 kilometers respectively.
  • By rail: The region also offers lucid rail transportation facilities from Varanasi and Lucknow. Nearest rail dome to the temple is the Faizabad train junction, just 7 kilometers away from the temple. Moreover, if you wish to travel from Lucknow, it takes three hours, whereas travelling from Varanasi takes about four hours.
  • By air: Well, it is evident that a pilgrimage destination of such high stature is sure to attract a large number of international pilgrims. Outstation pilgrims can reach the temple through the airports of Lucknow and Varanasi, situated at a distance of 135 and 200 kilometers respectively.

After reaching the temple, dedicated devotees have to take the 76 steps by foot, to offer prayers to Hanuman Ji, in the inner sanctum.

 

Nearby Attractions

Usually, the temple remains open throughout the day for devotees and pilgrims. Moreover, the regions around the temple offer great attractions for tourists. You will have to know the Hanumangarhi temple timing to pay a timely visit to the shrine. After offering prayers, devotees can set on a journey of visiting the famous destinations of Ayodhya.

  • Situated in the western part of Ayodhya, on an elevated land, Ramkot is one the ancient citadels of the place. It is also one of the major sites of pilgrimage of the city. The celebrations of Ram Navami occur with great enthusiasm and attract a huge number of pilgrims and devotees, from various parts of the country.
  • At the site of the Ashwamedha Yagna, performed by Lord Rama, stands the ancient temple; Treta-Ke-Thakur. The construction era of this temple dates back to almost 300 years when Raja Kullu built the temple. During 1784, the temple underwent a renovation by Ahilyabai Holkar. Moreover, the initial idols of the temple were constructed from black sandstone.
  • Another most interesting destination of the region is the Tulsi Smarak Bhawan. Constructed in the sacred remembrance of Goswami Tulsidas, the great poet, the monument offers space for religious sermons, prayer assemblage, and devotional programs. Moreover, the monument also houses a performing arts centre. Apart from that, tourists visiting the place can also find Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan, and immerse themselves in the rich compilation of the major literary works of Goswami Tulsidas.
  • According to mythological legends, Queen Kaikeyi constructed a house for her daughter- in-law Sita Devi, Lord Rama’s wife. Known as Kanak Bhawan, the monument underwent several restorations with the final one in 1891, by Rani Krishnabhanu Kunwari.
  • Again, some mythological sagas state that the construction of the Nageshwarnath Temple was by Lord Rama’s son, Kush. Apart from its mythological significance, the temple possesses distinguished historical importance. It is believed; the temple guided King Vikramaditya in relocating the ruined city of Ayodhya.

 

History Of Temple

There are several historical legends associated with the temple, offering a glimpse of the Hanumangarhi temple history. Legends state that once the Nawab of Awadh was bereaved, at the severe ailment of his son. Unable to recover him from the severity of the ailment, the Nawab sought the divine blessings of Lord Hanuman. Sankat Mochan showered his blessings on the Nawab’s son, and he recovered from the ailment. Astounded by the divine glory of Hanuman Ji, the Nawab decided to build a temple in his sacred remembrance.

Another significant legend associated with the temple states that on his return to Ayodhya Lord Rama gifted this place to Lord Hanuman. Later the place became popular as Hanumangarhi. As Hanuman Ji is the royal guard of Lord Rama, Lord Rama wished that devotees offering prayers to him will also pay their tributes to Sankat Mochan. Therefore, Lord Rama’s divine orders state that every devotee and pilgrim have to pay their holy tributes to Lord Hanuman, prior to making offerings to Lord Rama.

If some other historical legends are to be believed, then this temple was a latter construction of a cave. Initially, Lord Hanuman resided in a temple, at this particular spot. Moreover, legends also state this temple to be the guard of Ayodhya. Sankat Mochan graced the region with his glorious presence protected the Janmabhoomi. It is also popular as Ramkot. Apart from that, the religious inscriptions in the temple state the prohibition on the collection of taxes, from the offerings made at this religious destination. The inscriptions are in a Tamrapatra, issued by the Nawab of Awadh.