Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is a temple located in Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and was built in the 16th century. The name of the temple 'Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple' refers to Lord Hanuman as the reliever from Troubles, 'Sankant' means Troubles and 'Mochan' means reliever. Therefore the name Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple was given to the holy place. The Sant Tulsidas had built this famous temple. Sri Goswami Tulsidas is a very famous Indian poet and he was a great devotee of Lord Hanuman, he also wrote the Ramacharitamanasa, which is a different form of the epic scripture Ramayana.
The idol of Lord Rama is also built in the temple and even though the temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman; the idol of Lord Hanuman is facing the Idol of Lord Rama showcasing his love and affection towards Lord Rama. The temple is known for celebrating various types of festivals and events on the auspicious days, therefore many devotees gather every month to celebrate it together. This temple is also famous for 'Besan Ka Ladoo' which is a special sweet made for Lord Hanuman and is then distributed to the devotees. This temple is covered with marigold flowers and the 'Mala', the garland for Lord Hanuman, is also built with Marigold flower which is considered as a holy flower. Many devotees have been visiting the temple ever since it was built and many devotees have claimed that after visiting the temple, they could feel and perceive more positive energy than before.
The Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple opens at 5.00 AM in the early morning and a morning Arati is held which is attended by many devotees and aarti also takes place in the evening and night again at 8.30 PM. It is believed that those who are under the bad influence of Planet Saturn are protected by Lord Hanuman who is also called Sankat mochon or savior of all dangers. The temple is very simple looking and an ideal temple to find peace of mind. There are many sweet shops near the temple complex and devotees offer laddoos, bundeese and other sweets to the deity. Many devotees are seen praying and reading the Holy Book "Hanuman Chalisa", many copies of which are kept near the temple for easy availability.
Beware of monkeys in & around Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple premises. Long queues only for those offering anything to the deity, in case only visiting as a tourist, no queue required to be followed.
Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple open at 05:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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