The Hanuman Temple that is situated in Connaught Place in Delhi is considered to be one of the five Hindu temples that belong to the time of Mahabharata. This fact itself represents the significance of the temple.
Location: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Entry Timings: 05:00 am to 01:00 pm
03:00 pm to 11:00 pm
The temple is open for full day on Tuesday and Saturday
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on Blue Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Paharganj Dispensary Bus Stand
When was the Hanuman Temple built?
The Hanuman Temple of Connaught Place, also known as Pracheen Hanuman Mandir is an ancient Hindu temple that was built by Maharaja Man Singh I of Amber and then reconstructed by Maharaja Jai Singh around 1742 AD. The temple has gone through many development and restoration work since then in order to keep it in good condition.
As it can be guessed from the name itself, Hanuman Temple is dedicated to the greatest deity of Lord Rama, Hanuman who is worshipped here by a large number of people who visit the temple all over the year.
What is the historical significance of this temple?
The temple is said to be built under the Pandavas after their victory in the war of Kurukshetra against Kauravas. They had built five temples including this one. When Pandavas lost their kingdom to Kauravas in a game dice called Chausar, they were sent to exile by the Kauravas for 12 years and one year in hiding. In order to get back their kingdom, the Pandavas had a war against the Kauravas. After the victory, the Pandavas built five temples and this Hanuman temple is one of those five temples.
Why should you visit the temple?
The entry of the temple is through Baba Kharak Singh Marg. The main idol in the temple is the idol of Lord Hanuman which is located on the northern wall and is facing towards the south. In the temple, Hanuman can be seen holding a gada in one of his hand and it is believed that even though Lord Rama and the others left for Vaikunth, Hanuman stayed here to protect the people from evil. With his gada, Hanuman defeated all the evil in the world.
Other than Lord Hanuman’s idol, there are idols of other gods and goddesses too including Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. There are idols of Radha and Krishna too. In this temple, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as a huge event and a large number of devotees visit the temple on this day.
The silver doors, the entrance hall and the ceiling are all decorated and adorned with beautiful and eye catching artistic work that displays events from the Ramayana.
Along with the beautiful artistic work, the temple also offers hygienic and delicious ‘Kachoris’ and if you are a foodie and visiting the Hanuman temple, you must definitely eat the kachoris from here. Just outside the temple, there are small stalls or shops that sell garlands, prasad, bangles etc. You will also find mehendi and tattoo artists sitting outside and near the temple.
What makes the temple different from most of the Hindu temples?
As seen in most of the Hindu temples, the spire has a symbol of Aum or a sun, whereas this temple has a symbol of crescent moon. The reason behind this is considered to be that the Mughal Emperor was happy with the magic tricks that Tulsidas performed with the blessings of Lord Hanuman. Therefore, he adorned the temple with a crescent moon. It is considered to be one of the the reasons that the mughals did not attack this temple, while many other temples were destroyed by them.
It is believed that the temple has its name mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records because of the non-stop chanting of a mantra ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’ since August 1, 1964.
The Hanuman temple must definitely be visited by the devotees of Hanuman, but others can also visit and enjoy the serenity of the place.