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Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, Varanasi

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Hang out with sacred monkeys at Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, a small two story yellow brick structure and a major pilgrimage spot in Varanasi known as The Monkey Temple. Situated by the River Assi, this is one of the three most important temples in the city, connected with Goswami Tulsidas, a famous 16th century poet who had a vision of Lord Hanuman who inspired him to write a long poet about Lord Rama. Reconstructed early in the 20th century by the independence fighter Madan Mohan Malaviya, the temple has a resident population of monkeys. Try besan ladoo, a festivity sweet, which you can also take home as a souvenir. For Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple and beyond, use our Varanasi trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Varanasi vacation.
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  • If you are devoted to Lord Ram or Hanuman don't miss this temple in varansi amazing really great energy  more »
  • The temple is dedicated to the monkey god, Lord Hanuman. On cue, there are a lot of monkeys that roam around in the precincts of the temple. While they mind their own business, it's a good idea not to...  more »
  • "Sankat Mochan" Temple is one of the popular sacred temples of Hindu God Lord Hanuman in Kashi (Varanasi). It is believed that temple has been built on the very spot where Tulsidas had a vision of Lor...  more »
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  • It is the ultimate destination where a man can find peace. Look in his eyes staring at you and recite Hanuman Chalisa and Sankatmochan Ashtak and you will find tears in your eyes. One of the oldest and recognized temple of Lord Hanuman. There is a free parking space in front of the temple but not adequate. Road adjacent has parking but paid. It a must visit temple if you have faith. Jai Hanuman!
  • The first thing that one can't fail to notice is the number of monkeys present in and around the temple. They're supposed to be agents of Lord Hanuman, the sankat mochan (the protector from troubles) and are extremely playful. Some naughty ones might snatch food articles hence be warned. The temple is one of the ancient places of worship and commands respect and belief from many famous personalities. It's patrons include P.M. Narendra Modi, superstar Amitabh Bachchan and many other significant individuals. The atmosphere inside the temple is extremely energetic and one can hear the crowd of devotees regularly shouting "Har Har Mahadev". The temple isn't architecturally exactly exemplary but it's atmosphere (particularly on Tuesday and Saturday, which are days of Lord Hanuman in a week) and it's significance in Hindu faith is unparalleled which makes it one of the must visit places in Varanasi. The chants of devotees during 'Aarti' and the slogans of 'Har Har Mahadev' (everyone is an incarnation of God, Lord Shiva, who's the creator, protector and preserver of Varanasi and whose one of many avatar is Lord Hanuman) fills the heart of individuals with pure energy and consciousness of being one with the almighty.
  • Nice place to visit. One of the oldest Human Mandir. Parking might be an issue. Tuesdays and Saturdays are packed. You might have to stand in line to get to the main area.
  • Sankat Mochan temple, devoted to Monkey God Hanuman , is a very calm and peaceful place to spend some time at . Looking at the large number of visitors , the temple appears to be very popular as well . On the opposite side of the temple, there is a smaller temple of Lord Rama whose disciple Hanuman was . A short stay at the premises brings peace and satisfaction to the visitors , well worth it. A word of caution, however .Visitors to the temple should be careful with food items and their belongings, especially cellphones as the complex is teeming with a large population of simians who would snatch them given the smallest opportunity .
  • This is one of the most visited temple of Varanasi ,after Kashi Viswanath temple.It is very ancient since the time of Goswami Tulsidas ji who initiated the construction of this temple. It is located in the Saket Nagar area of the city and is about 10 Kms from the Cant, Railway station and 1 Km from the Lanka . It remains heavily crowded on Tues days and Sat days,. It is said that visit to this temple and prayer to Hanuman ji fulfills all the desires and make free from all the troubles. That is why called Sankat Mochan. There is security check up before the entrance and you are not allowed to take camera, mobile or any bag inside this temple.The premises of this temple full of monkeys ,jumping all around and doing all sort of pranks. In the month of April great Sangeet Samaroh is organised in this temple .Many famous artists ,singers dancers take part in it . Satish Tripathi Gorakhpur

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