Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place – The capital city boasts off numerous temples, however, one of the five temples that date back to the times of Mahabharata is the famous Hanuman Mandir at CP. Having heard a lot of stories about this temple, we thought of taking a tour to this temple! And it goes without saying that it has been the most blissful times that I’ve spent in my life!
The complex surrounding the temple is filled with little shops selling garlands, pooja thali, and prasad. What I found the most interesting thing was that there were some mehendiwale sitting in the complex. The henna patterns that they were drawing were really intricate and beautiful. After buying a pooja thali, we went straight to the mandir.
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The inner hall is huge and the ceiling of the main hall is embossed with the paintings from the Ramayana. The chants of ‘Sri Ram Jai Ram’ that continuously plays here is really very soothing. These chants are played continuously since August 1, 1964! Yes, even in the night as well. And this is the reason that this temple has been recorded in Guinness Book of World Records.
There is a huge idol of Lord Hanuman in the child form, Bal Hanuman facing south. While the deity holds a large gada in his left hand, his right-hand rests on his chest in veneration to the adjacent idols of Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita. Furthermore, the peculiarity of this temple is that unlike all the other Hindu temples that above the spire (vimana) is more commonly an Om or Sun sign, this temple has a crescent moon symbol (an Islamic symbol) in the vimana. And if legends are to be believed, it is because of this crescent symbol has saved this temple from destruction from Mughal attacks.
To everyone who seeks a blissful aura amidst the busy city-life, we recommend visiting this temple. This temple remains a bit more crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays. So, if you are a no-crowd person, it is better to visit on days other than these!
You can easily reach here by Delhi Metro. The closest metro station is Rajiv Chowk from where you can just walk down to the temple.