Hanuman Garhi temple is located on a hilltop, 76 staircase pathway will lead you to the entrance of the temple.The temple complex is a huge structure that is shaped as a four sided fort, and each of its corners has circular bastions housing a temple of Hanuman. The top of the hill welcomes its devotees with the panoramic view of the surrounding hills and a 6-inch tall deity of Hanuman. The main temple is basically an interior of the cave adorned with the various deities of Lord Hanuman and his mother. According to legends, Lord Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Ramkot, or the birthplace of Ram.
The land of the temple belonged to the Nawab of Awadh, who donated it to construct the temple. The temple was built by the Nawab in the 10th century. The temple was constructed by a famous local saint, Baba Neem Karoli, in the year 1950. Legend has it that being a devout worshipper, Lord Hanuman had once ripped open his chest to reveal the image of Lord Rama and Sita Mata reigning in his heart. The same event is illustrated in the image at this temple.
Adjacent to the temple stands a huge statue of Lord Hanuman, carrying a beautiful golden umbrella. The statue is seraphic in its appearance. Apart from the religious importance it holds, this place is also famous for its naturally perfect location that allows the visitors to witness a scenic vision of the sun gliding up and down the mountain.
The main festivals that are celebrated with the utmost spirit of festivity in Ayodhya are Ram Navmi, Ram Leela, Diwali, Dusshera and Hanuman Jayanti. Diwali, Dussehra are celebrated in the month of October or November depending on the new moon night. Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in the month of April. You can also attend the Ram Navmi Mela in Ayodhya. During the period of various Hindu festivals, the temple is decorated and lighted with the numerous festival lights. The temple perched at a mountain top looks absolutely stunning during the festive season.
It is a custom that before visiting lord Ram temple one should first pay visit to shri lord Hanuman temple. The temple complex does not allow photography.
The city of Ayodhya is of course very well-connected to nearby cities such as Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, and even Delhi. It would take you about ten hours to drive from Delhi to Ayodhya. Ayodhya is also 135 km away from Lucknow, 165 km from Allahabad, and about 200 km away from Varanasi. While there are regular trains commuting to and fro from Ayodhya, as you can see these distances are pretty much coverable by road as well.
The nearest airport to Ayodhya are Lucknow and Varanasi, you can easily drive up to Hanuman Garhi from these two destinations, or otherwise take a train. By train you can reach Ayodhya, and Hanuman Garhi in 3 hours from Lucknow, and 4 hours from Varanasi.
The temple is only 350 m from the Old Bus Station.
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