Famous Hanuman Temples in India

There are various Hanuman temples all over India and people worship this great deity as a lord of Bravery, power, selfless, knowledge, valour, strength, courage, and humility. Hanuman is a noble hero in the Hinduism religion and can be easily achieved by only enchanting the name of Rama Truly from your heart.

Jakhuo’, a word derived from Yaku sage is one of the famous temples of Hanuman at Shimla. Mythology says that Lakshmana, younger brother of Lord Rama was injured during the war between Rama and Ravana by an arrow from Meghnad. For this, Hanuman was required to get sanjeewani herb from Himalaya. Hanuman landed at Jakhu Mountain to gather more information about the required herb from Yaku sage and then forwarded towards mountain Dron.

Lord Hanuman had promised him to meet when returning but due to shortage of time, he could not meet him and return from a shorter route. When Hanuman didn’t returned, Yaku sage got sad and at that very moment, Hanuman appeared and told the reason for not able to meet. As he disappeared from there, the idol that can still be found at the same temple appeared in front of him.

An 18 feet idol of Hanuman can be found in Namakkal Anjaneyar temple in Tamil Nadu. The idol faces east and is believed to be worshipping Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami which is one of Lord Vishnu’s avatars. The idol is said to be Swayambu i.e. it keeps growing in height. This is why the temple has no roof enclosing. Sholinghur, a town in Vellore district has another two famous Hanuman temples. Sholinghur Sro Yoga Narasimha swami temple and Sri Yoga Anjaneyar temple. The latter is located over china malai (small hill) that contains 480 steps from ground. Sholinghur shetram is also one of the famours temples or Lord Anjaneya.

Namakkal Anjaneyar temple in Tamil Nadu.Another Hanumar temple at Nerul, Navi Mumbai has a 33 feet tall idol of Hanuman installed on a 12 feet high pedestal. There are silver coverings (Silver Kavasam) on Hanuman idol. A similar 32 feet idol of Sri Anjaneyar is present at Nanganallur in Channai. What distinguishes this idol is that it was molded out of a single rock.

 A 72 feet idol of Hanuman can be found in Hanuman Vatika in Raurkela, Orissa. The tallest statue of hanuman was installed in 2003 at Pritala, Andra Pradesh. Its height is 135 feet. A 100 year old Shiva temple at Kaviyur, Kerala is considered very auspicious by devotees. Panchaloha made idol of Hanuman here depicts him telling story to Sita about Ramayan in the Asoka Vana.

Panchamukhi is the place where Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami, the main deity of Sri Raghavendra Swami mediated on this five faced form of Hanuman. There is a shrine for Panchamukha Anjanaeya Swami at kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, India. A tall monolithic green granite murti of Sri Panchamukha Hanuman has been installed in Thiruvallu in Tamil Nadu.One of the most famous places of Pilgrimage in cenral India is Chitrakoot which is claimed to be the resting place of Shiri Hanuman.

Hanuman Dhara– On the peak of a mountain, the Hanuman Dhara Temple is situated where there is a natural rock formation image of Shri Hanuman inside the cave and a stream of water flows naturally on his tail. The story behind this is said that after the coronation of Lord Ram, Hanuman asked for a permanent place to settle where his injury of burns on his tail will be cured.

On the request of Hanuman, Lord Ram spurred a stream of water with his arrow on the tip of mountain and asked Hanuman to rest there where the water of the stream will fall on his tail cooling his burning sensation. This temple is now known as Hanuman Dhara.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman