July 29, 2013

Pratapa Veera Anjaneyar

Site Name: Pratapa Veera Anjaneyar temple - popularly called as Moolai Anjaneyar temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Tanjore city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: A 18th century temple built by Marathas in Tanjore
Nearest Railway Station: Tanjore
Nearest Airport: Trichy
How to reach: Well connected by road from Trichy
Hotel: A lot of options across the entire city
Restaurants: Most of the restaurants are located near bus stand and Brahadeeswara temple; few vegetarian mess or restaurants are found in the remaining part of the city

At the corner of Mela Masi Veethi (West Main Road) in Tanjore town in South India, a locally popular temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is located. It is called as Pratapa Veera Anjaneyar temple as it was built by the ruler of Tanjore town, the Maratha king Pratapa Singh in the 18th century CE. The temple is named after him. As this temple is located at the corner, the local people call it as 'Moolai Anjaneyar' temple. (Moolai means 'corner' in Tamil language).

As per the order by Hanuman in the dream of the sculptors who were constructing the temple, the main deity was sculpted in the form of Hanuman carrying the Sanjeevi hill. It is a bas relief image.

The temple is small with just one prakara and a small tower. Pandurangan-Rukmini sub-shrine is also found in this temple.

The utsava idol of Hanuman is tall and very attractive.

Sri Thyaga Brahmam had visited this temple.

Happy travelling.

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