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Hanuman Temple – Connaught Place
Submitted by Abdullah on Sun, 30/09/2007 - 23:13
Hanuman temple, situated in the heart of Connaught Place, the business and corporate centre of Delhi, is one of the oldest Hanuman temples in the capital.

Hanuman temple is located on the Baba Kharak Singh Marg, right opposite to the Coffee House and also many state emporia. Although nobody knows anything about its history, some believe that it dates back to the pre- Moughal period and has stood the ravages of time and many wars. 

What sets this temple apart from numerous other Hanuman temples in the capital is that it supports a crescent moon symbol in the viman. This kind of fixture is rarely found in Hindu temples all over India. The vimans in most other temples have sun god or Aumkara or OM. 

Another uniqueness of this temple is that the face the main deity, Hanuman resembles that of a child. According to the temple priest, this deity is Bala Hanuman. The statue of lord Hanuman in this temple has its face towards the south. Therefore devotees can see only one eye of the idol.  The deity of Lord Bala Hanuman holds Gada (mace) in his left hand, while his right hand goes across the chest offering his obedience and prayers to the lord Rama. For the unobserving eyes it’s very hard to see this uniqueness as the statue is adorned with flowers and a chentura.     

The main entrance to the hanuman temple, known as Dwar “Gate”, is reflective of the skills of the craftsmen of India and their devotion to lord Hanuman. It is embossed with artwork depicting the epic Ramayana. The main mandap, or, the sanctorum of the temple on its roof, has the complete Ramayana painted in art form. The paintings have been done beautifully and are a treat to the eyes. Just below the paintings, all the verses of Sundarakhand of Swami Thulasidas's Ramachritha manas, have been engraved in marble slabs. 

The temple was enlarged in the late seventies and now the entire temple complex has been redone and developed by the NDMC with great care. It serves as hub for the religious activities. The complex is also renowned for the ‘mehandi’ work done on the hands of ladies.
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