Sri Hanuman temple is located at Connaught Place, one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi, India, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This ‘Sri Hanuman Temple’ is widely known as ‘Pracheen Hanuman Mandir’ and also revered as one of the five temples of Mahabharata (one of the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India) days in Delhi. The other four temples are:
- Kalkaji, a Kali temple in South Delhi
- Yogmaya Temple near Qutub Minar
- Bhairav temple near the Purana Qila
- Nili Chatri Mahadev (Shiva temple) at Nigambodh Ghat outside the walls of Old Delhi
Sri Hanuman Temple was believed to be built during 1542-1605 by Maharaja Man Singh I of Amber, was the Rajput Raja of Amber, which is presently called as Jaipur in Rajputana and he was a trusted general of the Mughal emperor Akbar, who was said to include Maharaja Man Singh I among the Navaratnas (nine gems) of the royal court. And the temple was said to be reconstructed in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh, the Rajput ruler of the kingdom of Amber during the period of 1688-1743. A very specific feature of this temple is that, the mantra “Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Ram” is chanted for 24 hours in this temple since 1964 and is asserted that this mantra has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, a reference book published annually, listing world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
The presiding deity of Sri Hanuman Temple is Lord Bala Hanuman, in the form of a child and the idol is believed to be self-manifested. The presiding deity of this temple is popularly called as Sri Hanuman Ji Maharaj, the Great Lord Hanuman. The images of Lord Krishna, Goddess Radha, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Lakshmana are also installed on the walls of the temple. The other deities of this temple are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Goddess Durga, Lord Lakshmi Narayan, Goddess Santoshi Mata, the wish fulfilling goddess.
The unique feature of this temple is that the idol of Bala Hanuman is placed in the Viman (temple tower) in the form of a crescent moon (Hilal), which is an Islamic symbol. And this peculiarity became a very particular importance during the Mughal period, which endorse the remarkable depiction. The temple has clerestory windows, the windows above eye level, to admit light and fresh air. The windows are embellished with paintings of Lord Hanuman in the cardinal directions, which indicate the four aspects of Lord Hanuman. The hall of the temple portrays the epic story of Ramayana in majestic paintings.
The temple remains open from morning 05.00 AM to 01.00 PM and in the evening from 03.00 PM to 11.00 PM.
- Hanuman Jayanthi – March or April
- Shivaratri Festival – February or March
- Diwali Festival – October or November
- Holi Festival – February or March
- Navaratri Festival – September or October
Connaught Place Prachin Hanuman temple is well connected by bus and Delhi Metro. Delhi Transport Department add better buses to its fleet to all the major cities.
The nearest railway station to Hanuman temple is New Delhi train station Junction which is 1 KM away from Hanuman temple.
The nearest airport to Hanuman temple is Indira Gandhi intl airport, New Delhi which is 12 KM away from Hanuman temple.
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