Located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest Hanuman Temple in the Country. Built in 1724, this ancient temple is very popular among the devotees of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place was said to be built by Raja Jai Singh about the same times as the Jantar –Mantar. However since the time of its construction, the temple has undergone several restorations & development by NDMC with extra care.
Lot of people visiting this Hanuman Temple at Connaught Place might not be aware that the 24-hour chanting of the mantra ‘Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram’, since August 1, 1964, claimed to have earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
History of Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place
The city of Delhi was the seat of power for many dynasties. There are legendary stories of Hindu resistance against repeated Muslim invasions by the Rajput King, Prithviraj Chauhan. Several temples built by Tomars and Chauhans in that era, were pulled down by the conquering Mulims and their stones reutilised mainly in the construction of the Auwwat-ul-Islam mosque at Lal Kot, in the Qutb complex. Unlike the other Hindu Temples, where symbol above the spire (vimana) is more commonly an Om or Sun sign, Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place has a crescent moon symbol (an Islamic symbol) in the vimana. It is believed that this might be the reason why Mughals did not destroy the temple.
The idol in the temple is of God Hanuman and according to the priests here, Hanuman Bhagwan represents here in the form of a balak (yong child). That’s why this temple also being called as Bala Hanuman Temple. Bhagwan Haunman here facing towards south direction and one can see only one eye of Shri Bala hanuman. As seen inside the temple, Bhagwan Bala Hanuman carries the Gada (mace or club) in the left hand with the right hand rests over his chest as in prayer to the adjacent idol of lord Rama, Lakshmana and Mata Sita. It is believed that Sriman Narayan (also known as Lord Vishnu) who had taken the avatar (the manifestation of a Hindu deity (especially Vishnu) in human or superhuman form) as Lord Rama had shown the governance through dharma (basic principle of cosmos) to the world and left for Vaikuntha (Lord Vishnu’s heaven). All the characters of Ramayana had left for Vaikuntha, but Bhagwan Hanuman remained here with us in this world, to spread the Ramaraj and dharma. After that, he had seen Sriman Narayan in the next yuga as Lord Krishna avatar and his help was sought for re-establishment of dharma. It is believed with the Gada in his hand Bhagwan Hanuman destroy all the evils.
The main entrance of Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place, New Delhi resembles the great artwork done by the craft men with great devotion. The gate is known as dwar is believed to be centuries old depict the complete epic of Ramayana in the art form. The ceilings of the mandap (hall or pavilion) depicts the epic of Ramayana artistically painted.
One can be amazed after seeing the meticulous artwork inside the Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place. The ceiling of the main hall has beautifully embossed artwork depicting the whole Ramayana. You will get enthusiastic after seeing the outside atmosphere of the temple. The Complex outside the temple is lined with several tiny shops selling garlands and prasad. Other side of temple is lined with lots of bangles shops having enormous range of bangles in variety of colous. One can also find famous mehndi artists and their variety of intricate henna application.
Timings of Visiting Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place
Tuesdays and Saturdays are associated with Bhagwan Hanuman and devotes come here in large number for worship. Hanuman Jayanti (birthday celebrations of lord Hanuman) is also held every year with great fanfare. On that day one can see more crowd then Tuesdays and Saturdays as devotes done special Puja (worship). Visitors are advised to enter in temple barefooted.
If you are planning to visit the Hanuman Temple – Connaught Place then don’t forget to eat “kachoris” here.
One can commute via metro as Rajiv Chownk is the nearest metro station to the temple. Timings are 5.00 am to 1.00 pm & 3.00 pm to 11.00 pm
The temple is open full day on Tuesday and Saturday (best to visit during the morning and evening aarti. Entry Fee is absolutely free. Photography is prohibited here.
When the head priest of Hanuman Temple in Connaught Place came to know that Barack Obama carried the lucky charm of tiny Hanuman during his election campaign, then he decided to present a special golden idol of Lord Hanuman. It is said that the gold plated Hanuman Idol being decided to present to Barack Obama has came from Connaught Place Hanuman Temple.