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Lord Hanuman

Temple History

A famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman which has an interesting history which dates back to British era.

n 1903 AD, a British army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Smith was given the orders for establishing a Guns and Carriage Factory at Jabalpur. Colonel Smith began on that project with zeal and determination. He wanted to build the factory with perfection. But all his attempts were proving unsuccessful. The walls built during the day were found fallen next morning. The machinery could not be assembled and raw materials never reached at the appropriate time.

The series of failures in starting the construction of the factory might have negatively impacted the confidence of Colonel Smith. In his desperation, he might have used all persuasive and coercive actions under his powers. Sometimes, he would have tried to encourage a few workers with some kind of rewards. At other times, he would have punished a few with impunity. Still, he was not getting any success with the constructions.

Similarly, the workers would have tried different methods to build the walls. They would have used every skill under their command. The best amongst them was chosen for erecting the wall. The most experienced architect made the structural designs. The expensive equipments and raw materials of finest quality would have taken to the site. Still, there was no success. No one was sure of what was happening there. The entire construction that might have been done in a day was getting destroyed during the night. The walls of the factories were falling onto the grounds frequently.

One night, in the state of utter confusion and terribly worried, Colonel Smith went to sleep. Then in his sleep, he saw a dream that an ancient idol of Lord Hanuman lied buried in the ground where the factory was being constructed. Lord Hanuman himself came in his dream and directed him to get his idol dug out of the earth. Colonel Smith got up immediately. He had never seen such a dream before. Moreover, how could he rely on a mere dream for issuing orders to his men and how could he justify his actions to his superiors. He could not sleep for the rest of that fateful night.

Next morning, when his men would have assembled to start the construction again, Colonel Smith shared his dream with them. In their collective despair arising from unsuccessful attempts at building the factory, they would have decided take a chance with the dream and started to dig out the ground to retrieve the idol. I have no idea how they would have searched and found the exact place for digging. Either they would have tried at different places all over the premises or would have taken the help of some wise men who could sense the presence of any heavy object beneath the ground.

Next few days, the construction of the factory was stopped. Instead there were hectic activities in search of the idol. Finally, after a massive search and digging below the ground, the idol of Lord Hanuman was found. It must be a joyous moment not only for all the workers but also for the officers, especially Colonel Smith. He must have run to the site from his tent to see the last stages of the recovery of the idol. He must not have believed his eyes on what he would have seen. The dream that he saw was becoming a reality. Standing in front of the trench, he would have gone through the plethora of emotions ranging from disbelief to happiness and further to extreme sense of faith.

Colonel Smith, then, would have ordered the men to take out the idol carefully folded in a red-coloured piece of cloth. In Hindi, such piece of cloth is also called “Pat”. The idol of Lord Hanuman, folded in the pat, was brought out of the ground. It was, then, decided to build a temple for the Lord for offering regular prayers. On 12th of August 1903, an auspicious day of Shraavana month, with much fanfare and by following the procedures prescribed in the religious scriptures, the idol of the Lord Hanuman was established in the Temple. It is said that no hindrance in construction of the factory was felt once the temple was built and the prayers started.

 

Additional Information

It is the solid belief that the Guns Carriage Factory of Jabalpur enjoys the blessings of the Pat Baba. The temple is considered as a siddha Peeth (Atishaya Kshetra), where the wishes of people are generally granted and their desires are fulfilled.

Jabalpur Airport 13.6 KM, Jabalpur Junction 2.9 KM Nagpur Road Bus Stand 11.7 KM, Bus Stand Jabalpur 3.6 KM.

Local bus facility is easily available from railway station and bus stands. Sharing private autos are also available for Paat Baba
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