Sankat Mochan Temple
Sankat Mochan when literally translated means “reliever of troubles” is a renowned Hindu temple located in Uttar Pradesh. This temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated in the “holy” city of Varanasi. Apparently this temple was built by renowned freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya during the early 1900’s. Furthermore, this temple is renowned for celebrating the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman (i.e. Hanuman Jayanti) in grand style. In addition, this temple also possesses an idol of Lord Rama, and is famous for serving a special sweet i.e. prasad called “Besan Ka Laddo”.
a. Best time to visit Sankat Mochan Temple
The ideal season to visit this religious city is in between October and March as the climate is extremely pleasant during this period with, temperature ranging from a maximum of 32 degree Celsius to a minimum of 5 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Sankat Mochan Temple
Sankat Mochan Temple Map
1. By train:
This pious city possesses its own railway station. The Varanasi Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal points would be New Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, and Jaunpur.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH19, and via Taj Express Highway/Yamuna Expressway.
- Via Kanpur:
There are three routes from Kanpur to this temple, and they are via NH19 and NH19, via SH 38 and NH19, and via NH19.
- Via Lucknow:
There are three routes from Lucknow to this temple, and they are via NH30 and NH19, via NH19, and via NH31 and NH19.
- Via Allahabad:
There is one route from Allahabad to this temple, and they are via Grand Trunk Road and NH19.
- Via Jaunpur:
There are three routes from Jaunpur to this temple, and they are via NH31, via Saidpur-Khajurhat Road and NH28, and via Saidpur-Khajurhat Road.
3. By air:
This extremely “religious” city possesses its own airport. The Varanasi Airport is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Sankat Mochan Temple
According to a very popular legend this temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman was built at the site where Tulsidas, a poet-saint and author of the “Ramacharitramanasa” was supposedly said to have envisioned Hanuman. In addition, according to Vedic astrology praying to Lord Hanuman is said to be the remedy against the negative influence of planet Shani (Saturn). As a result of which a number people affected by the adverse effects of Shani visit this temple for solutions. Furthermore, a common belief states that those who visit this temple frequently will be blessed by Lord Hanuman himself.