Location: On Baba Kharak Singh Road that is about 250 m southwest of Connaught place in central New Delhi.
River nearby: Yamuna River
Similar resembling temples nearby:
- Kalkaji or kali temple (in south Delhi)
- Yog maya temple (near Qutub Minar )
- Bhiarav temple (near purana qila)
- Nili Chatri Mahadev or Shiva temple (at Nigambodh Ghat outside the walls of old Delhi)
Root in the ancient period: It belongs to the period of Kaurvas and Pandavas as mentioned in a Hindu epic Mahabharata.
Built by: Maharaja Man Singh- 1 of Amber during the dynasty of king Akbar (1542-1605), renovated by maharaja Jai Singh (1688-1743).
Principle Deity: Shri Hanuman ji Maharaj aka Balaji
Special day to visit: Tuesday and Saturday
Special occasion to visit: Hanuman Jayanti on full moon (Poornima) day in the month of Chaitra (March-April) as per lunar Hindu Panchangam or calendar.
Description of the temple:
- Height: 108 ft (32.9 m)
- Ceiling of main mandap or hall: Embellished with the tales of epic Ramayana in paintings.
- Entry: Through Baba Kharak Singh marg/road.
- Main door: Silver plated door with crafting that narrates the story of famous epic ‘Ramayana’.
- Windows: Clerestory window with the paintings of Hanuman ji as 4 main cardinal directions.
- Wall Inscriptions: The inscription of ‘Sundar Kand ’ on the marble embedded in the wall.
- Sanctum Sanctorum (the inner most part):
- Hanuman ji’s idol is affixed while facing southern direction in the north direction.
- Images of Lord Krishna and Radha surrounded by the idols of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are adorned at the right side of Hanuman’s idol.
- Elaboration of Hanuman idol: Idol is erected while facing south with mace (gadaa) in left hand whereas the right hand is crossed across its chest, adorned with the crown on head and draped in fashioned Dhoti.
- Adjoining sanctums, Main idols: Goddess Durga, Lakshmi Narayan, Ganesha and Santoshi mata.
Historical significance: The sacred temple has its root in Mahabharata yug when Pandavas were forced to lead the life of a wanderer for 12 years in forest for paying penalty of facing defeat in the hands of Duryodhana, a kaurava, in dice game or chausara. In addition to their punishment, 13th year must be passed while hiding from the sight of the rider who was deployed by Kauravas. During that exile, robust Bhima encountered son of wind, i.e. lord Hanuman when he was searching for a fragrant flower in order to fulfill the wish of his wife, Draupadi in
jungle. Mythology is evident that Bhima and Lord Hanuman, both, are regarded as the son of wind. Hanuman ji disguised in the mask of a weak and lean monkey who was lying on the ground with his long tail interrupting the way of Bhima. On being requested by Hanuman ji, Bhima tried hard many times with all his strength to move his tail but his sweat started falling but that tail didn’t move even a bit. Before the supernatural power of Hanuman ji, Bhima’s arrogance broke down and he bent down for seeking apology from the lord. Eventually, lord Hanuman ji showed him his enormous embodiment.
After winning the battle of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra, Pandavas instructed to build 5 temples of Hanumanji.
Another mythological tale goes on that saint Tulsidas (the great poet who wrote hymns of Hanuman Chalisa and Ramcharitmaanas also) was summoned and urged to exhibit the miracle of his supernatural talent which he displayed through the help of lord Hanuman ji. Mesmerized by his excellence, King Akbar gifted him Hanumaan temple along with an Islamic crescent moon finial which is crowned on its spire. It is really an astounding fact that Mughal or foreign invaders did not harm it any time.
Therefore, the significance of this temple is, indeed, widespread.