Lord Hanuman is the 11th rudra incarnation of Lord Shiva. An unalloyed devotee of Lord Ramachandra is the Monkey-God, a celibate monk, and worshiped as the guardian and source of strength to the world.
His mother Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth due to a curse. She was redeemed from this curse on giving birth to a son. The Valmiki Ramayana states that his father Kesari was the son of Brihaspati, the King of Sumeru. Anjana performed intense prayers lasting 12 long years to Shiva to get a child. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva granted them the son they sought. Hanuman is thus a reflection of Shiva himself.
On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, we bring to you a list of 10 most famous Hanuman temples that you should definitely visit:
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Varanasi
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is situated by the Assi river in Varanasi. The temple is considered one of the most sacred Hanuman temples in India and witnesses thousands of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman followers every day.
Jakhoo Temple, Shimla
Shimla’s Jakhoo Peeth is the most famous Hanuman temple in Himachal Pradesh. Surrounded by thousands of monkeys it is situated on the Jakhoo Hill and has one a staggering 108 feet tall deity of Lord Hanuman built as an altitude of over 8100 feet.
Mahavir Mandir, Patna
Mahavir Mandir in Patna is Bihar’s second most visited religious shrine after Patna Sahib Gurudwara. It is visited by thousands of pilgrims every day and is among the richest temple trusts in India.
Shri Hanuman Temple, Jamnagar
Shri Bala Hanuman Temple, Jamnagar is famously dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records for its 24/7 chanting of Ram Dhun which has been going on since August 1, 1964.
Hanuman Temple, Delhi
Hanuman Temple is located in the heart of New Delhi in Connaught Place. It is one of the five temples from the Mahabharata days in Delhi. The temple has a self-manifest deity of Lord Hanuman.
Panchmukhi Hanuman Dhara temple in Chitrakoot is located on a rock face several hundred feet up on a steep hillside. Chitrakut is also known for a number of temples and sites related to Ramayan.
Salasar Hanuman Temple, Salasar
Salasar Balaji Temple is a unique and important shrine for the devotees of Hanuman, located in the town of Salasar of Rajasthan. The temple has idols of Lord Hanuman with round face, mustache, and beard.
Bet Dwarka Hanuman Temple, Gujarat
Bet Dwarka Hanuman Temple is situated close to the temple of Lord Krishna, situated in Bet Dwarka island. The island is also considered the part of the ancient city Dwarka and Bet Dwarka has more religious shrines.
Balaji Hanuman Temple, Mehendipur
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is perhaps the most famous Hanuman temple in North India. Lord Hanuman is worshiped as Balaji, his famous childhood name,
Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple, Tamil Nadu
Namakkal Anjaneyar Temple is a popular temple of Lord Hanuman in South India. It has one of the tallest statues of Lord Hanuman in Tamil India. The temple also has separate shrines of Anjaneyar and Narasimha.