The 24-hour droning of the mantra ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Ram’, since August 1, 1964, has earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
The Main Idol at the temple is that of Hanumana, confronting south. The divinity holds a gada in his left hand and his right hand lays on his mid-section in reverence to the nearby symbols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. It is trusted that Bhagwan Hanuman crush every one of the shades of malice with the Gada in his grasp. Fans gather at the Temple in expansive numbers on Tuesday and Saturday. Hanuman Jayanti (birthday festivities of Lord Hanumana) is additionally praised each year with incredible exhibit.
The roof of the primary corridor has decorated fine art portraying the Ramayana, the colossal Hindu epic. The Complex outside the temple is fixed with little shops offering wreaths and prasad. One can likewise discover mehndi craftsmen and their complicated henna application.
After the Pandavas won the Kurukshetra war against the Kauravas and re-set up themselves in Indraprastha, the Pandava group is expressed to have manufactured five Temple of Hanuman and different divinities.
It is trusted that Tulsidas (1532–1623) penned the well known Hanuman Chalisa songs in acclaim of Hanuman, went by this temple in Delhi. Amid his visit to Delhi, Tulsidas was summoned by the Mughal Emperor and requested that play out a marvel, which he did with the gifts of Lord Hanuman. The Emperor was satisfied with Tulsidas and gave the Hanuman temple an Islamic bow Moon finial which decorates the temple tower. It is likewise guaranteed that as a result of the sickle moon image on the tower, the temple was not devastated by the Muslim rulers who attacked India at different times.
History of Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place , New Delhi
The city of Delhi was the seat of force for some traditions. Not at all like the other Hindu Temples, where image over the tower (vimana) is all the more normally an Om or Sun sign, this temple has a bow moon image (an Islamic image) in the vimana. This bow image is accepted to have spared this temple from demolition from Mughal assaults.
Sriman Narayan who had taken the avathara as Lord Rama had shown the governance through dharma to us and left for Vaikuntha. All the characters of Ramayana had left for Vaikuntha, but Hanuman remained here with us in this world, to spread the Ramaraj and dharma. Not only that, he had seen Sriman Narayan in the next yuga as Lord Krishna and his help was sought for reestablishment of dharma. There is anecdote in Mahabarata about the presence of Hanuman during that time. Pandavas were on exile imposed by Duryodhan.
During that time when roaming about in jungles, Draupadi smelled a divine fragrance. She was so enamored of the fragrance, that she requested Bheema to fetch the flower. Bheema went in search of the flower, following the lead given by the fragrance. He found an old looking monkey covering the path of his way. Bheema condescendingly asked the monkey to make way for him unaware that the monkey in non other then his brother Hanuman (both are vayu amsa). The arrogance in the tone of Bheema prompted Hanuman to ask Bheema to lift his tail since he old and weak. Bheema with reluctance lifted the tail that was blocking his way, but could not do so even after several tries. Then he realised that the monkey is Lord Hanuman. Bheema apologised for his arrogant behavior and said he had realised that power devoid of arrogance is greater.
On the request of Bheema, Anjuna and Lord Krishna it is said that Lord Hanuman was present in the flag post of the chariot of Anjuna driven by Lord Krishna during the Kurushetra war.
Ancient Temples of Indraprashtha
There are five shrines in Delhi that are identified with Pandavas in their Indraprastha by the tradition. They are Yogamaya temple in Mehrauli, Kalkaji Maa Temple in Kalkaji, Bhairav Temple near Purana-killa (Old fort), Bhairav temple in Kalkaji, BalaHanuman Temple,Connaught Place near Jantar Mandir. It is believed that the shrines were built during more or less same period and all these idols are said to be swayambhuhu (self manifested ones)
Ancient Hanuman Temple
The Ancient Hanuman Temple situated on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi near Connaught Place, Jantar Mandir is one of the oldest Hanuman temples of India and dating back to the era of the Pandavas. The idol of this mandir is a swayambhuhu.
The Hanuman temple in Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught place has withstood Mughals’ on-slot of Hindu temples. There is a crescent moon symbol in the vimana, unlike the Aum or Sun symbol above the vimana as in other Hindu shrines. This has influenced the Mughals then not to destroy the shrine. The crescent moon symbol in the vimana is not to be found normally in any Hindu temple where prominence is for the sun god or AUMKARA.
The deity of Hanuman of this temple is very unique and the face of the Bhagawan Hanuman is seen as that of a Balak (young child) and the priests says Bhagawan here represents Bala Hanuman. He is facing the south and we can see only one eye. Bhagawan Bala Hanuman carries the Gadha in His left hand and His right hand rests over his chest as in prayer. Adorned with flowers and a chentura one needs to study the form of the murti to observe this.
Following divine instructions received by Maharaj Mangaldas or Dadaguru as he is known, the identity of swyambhuhu Anjaneya was established.
The temple complex
The temple’s main entrance gate known, as Dwar adores embossed artwork done by the skilled craftsmen is a testimony of the devotion. The complete epic of Ramayana had been depicted in this art form and the Dwar is said to be centuries old. The temple had been reconstructed during late seventies. Complete Ramayana as seen by Swami Thulasidas had been painted in the roof of main mantap. The paintings have been done so beautifully and are a feast to the eyes. Just below the paintings the entire verses of Sundarakant of Swami Thulasidas’s Ramachritha manas has been engraved in marble stabs.
The entire temple complex had been redone and developed by the New Delhi Municipal Council with great care and serves as hub for the religious activity. The complex is also renowned for the ‘mehandi’ work done on the hands of ladies. Designs are drawn on the palms of ladies using mehandi paste. This form of art popular in Rajastan had come to stay here in Delhi and this temple complex serves as a node.
How to Reach Hanuman Temple New delhi
By Road : Connaught Place Prachin Hanuman Mandir is well connected by bus and Delhi Metro. Besides, you can also rent a car or auto-rickshaw from anywhere to Connaught Place. If you don’t mind taxi and rickshaw rates, then it’s the best means to reach Connaught Place and Prachin Hanuman Mandir. But if you are travelling on a tight budget, you can save your cash by traveling in the city transportation like bus and metro.Delhi Transport Department add better buses to its fleet. Though the old buses are still in service, now you will find the green buses which are more comfortable to reach Connaught Place and Prachin HanumanMandir. Now, travellers can also enjoy the comfort of AC city buses to reach not only Connaught Place but different parts of the city. Compared to the other buses, the red colored AC buses charge some few extra rupees but, it’s worth every penny spent.
By Rail:Almost all the metro train in New Delhi passes through Connaught Place Hanuman Mandir Delhi. Whether you are coming from Noida, Gurgaon, India Gate, and Airport or from the Delhi University area, you will find metro trains to reach. Besides the Delhi Metro.Connaught Place metro station is the nearest metro station toHanuman Mandir Delhi.Also New Delhi Railway station is the nearest railway station to Prachin Hanuman Mandir.For those coming through flight can rent a taxi or board the Airport Metro Lines. If you are coming to New Delhi through train, well Connaught Place is just minutes away from both the Old Delhi Railway Station as well as New Delhi Railway Station. Most travellers visiting Delhi, prefer staying in one of the hotels in Connaught Place because of its well connectivity to different parts of the city. Whether you are visiting Connaught Place to shop, dine or to party, worry not as Connaught Place is very accessible.
- By Air:Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the important cities of the world with almost all the major international airlines operating out of here. Palam Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India. Some of the domestic airlines operating regular flights to and from Delhi are Alliance Air
- Air Deccan
- Jet Airways
- Go Air
- Spice Jet
As mentioned, Delhi is connected to all the major cities in the world through Airways. Regular flights are available to almost all the European capitals and cities of prominence. Delhi is also well connected to the rest of India with domestic flights. The capital city of India, Delhi is easily accessible from different parts of the country and is also well connected from major cities in South Asia, with over 65 airlines linking it to most major destinations across the world as well as India. Delhi has two airports to cater the needs of commuters, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Palam Domestic Airport.