Location: Karman Ghat, Hyderabad city, Telangana state, India
Highlights:12th century temple; one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad;
Nearest Railway Station:Hyderabad
How to reach:Well connected by road, rail and air
Hotel: All sorts of options are available in Hyderabad
Restaurants: Hyderabad city has no shortage of restaurants of all varieties
Hyderabad is an important city in South India. It is the capital city of the newly formed Telangana state as well as Andhra Pradesh state of India. Hyderabad, which is also called as 'the city of Pearls' is a historical city. In the last two decades, the city became very popular thanks to the IT companies. There are many popular and varieties of tourist spots such as forts, palaces, lakes, masjids and temples located in this city. Let us discuss about an important and old temple of the city, Karman Ghat Hanuman Temple, in this article.
As per the legend, the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb, who conquered Hyderabad, sent his men to destroy Karman Ghat Hanuman Temple. The soldiers could not enter the temple. They were pushed back by some strong force. When Aurangazeb was informed about this, he himself came down to destroy the temple. However, even he could not enter into the temple and he heard a divine voice asking him to make his heart stronger if he would like to enter into the temple. The word "Karo man ghat" (make heart stronger) has probably changed into Karman Ghat. There is another legend that talks about the origin of this temple. The Kakatiya King Pratap Rudra I went for hunting in the place called Lakshmipuram (the current Karman Ghat). He heard the roaring sound of a tiger and went ahead searching for the same in order to hunt it. Later, when he approached nearer, the voice became clearer. It was a chanting of the holy word "Sri Ram". He ultimately found an idol of Hanuman there. On that night, he got a dream, in which he was asked to build a temple in that site. Thus, he built this temple of Lord Hanuman.
The temple was built by the Kakatiya King Pratap Rudra I in the middle of 12th century CE.
The entrance of the temple is south facing but all the shrines inside the complex face east direction. There is a big arch at the entrance where the stucco images of Dyana Anjaney and Anjaneya holding mace are found. The tower is being constructed at the time of writing this article (2016 CE).
The main shrine or temple in the complex is dedicated to Hanuman. There are many sub-temples or shrines built by the Kakatiya Kings found within the same complex.
The shrine of Hanuman is comparatively bigger and enshrines a big red colored idol representing the face of Hanuman. The utsav idol of Dyana Anjaneya is found in the same shrine.
In the prakara, there is a utsav idol of Hanuman in the standing posture holding mace is found. The front side mandap has pillars of Kakatiya architecture style.
The list of other temples or shrines that are found in the complex:
Santoshi Mata - she is found in the sitting posture and has four arms
Nageshwara - an old Shiv Linga idol with an equally old Nandi idol; a rare idol of Ganesha with two elephants on his either side is also situated in this temple
Saptika Lingeshwara along with the Goddess Brahmarambika
Saraswati - a very beautiful idol
Durga - she is not in the typical style of Durga; the idol is very small
Ram, Sita and Lakshman - very beautiful idols; the utsav idols of Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, Tirumangai Alwar, Andal and Ramanuja are also found in the same temple
Shiva temple with an ancient and beautiful Vimana along with the pillared frontside mandap
Venugopal with his two consorts - this temple also has an ancient Vimana and frontside pillared mandap