December 15, 2012

Hanuman Temple - New Delhi, India

Site Name: Hanuman Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Connaught Place area, New Delhi city, India
Highlights: One of the most important Hindu temples of Delhi; believed to be existing from the period of Mahabharata
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi
Nearest Airport: New Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air;
Hotel: A lot of options across the city 
Restaurants: Hundreds of options and varieties across the entire city

Hanuman temple in Connaught Place area in New Delhi, the capital city of India, is not only an important Hindu temple of the city but it is also believed to be one of five ancient temples that exist from the period of Mahabharat. (It is believed that Indraprastha, the capital city of Mahabharatha heroes Pandavans is nothing but the modern day Delhi.)

As per another belief, Tulsidas, the author of Ramayana, visited this temple in the 16th century CE and penned the famous Hanuman Chalisa hymn. Pleased by some miracle done by Tulsidas, the Mughal emperor reportedly presented the Islamic Crescent symbol which still adorns the temple spire. It has reportedly have saved the temple from getting demolished by the Muslim kings in the later period.

Historically, the temple was built by Maharaja Man Singh of Amber during the reign of Akbar as the Mughal emperor. Later, it was renovated by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724 CE.

The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman - a big red colored relief image. He is depicted as holding his club (gada). There are other deities also found in the temple as the later additions.

Happy travelling.

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