Sankat Mochan Temple
Devoted to Lord Hanuman is a sacred temple located in Himachal Pradesh known as Sankat Moochan. This temple is situated in the city of Shimla along the Kalka-Shimla National Highway. It is surrounded by beautiful green trees, and the magnificent Himalayan ranges. Furthermore, although this temple initially was only dedicated to Hanuman (i.e. monkey god) it now also possesses idols belonging to Lord Shiva, Lord Ram, and Lord Ganesh. In addition, this temple also serves as an ideal venue for marriages, and is regularly rented out to interested parties.
a. Best time to reach the Sankat Moochan Temple
The perfect time to visit this town is during the summers which begins in April and ends in June with, the average temperature during this period being about 10 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Sankat Moochan Temple:
Sankat Moochan Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to Shimla is in Kalka. The Kalka station is very well connected to major cities in the country like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata etc. Taxi services to Shimla are available at Kalka.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH44 and NH5 and via NH709A.
- Via Chandigarh:
There is one route from Chandigarh to this temple, and it is via NH5.
- Via Ludhiana:
There are three routes from Ludhiana to this temple, and they are via NH44 and NH5, via NH5, and via SH 16.
- Via Jalandhar:
There are two routes from Jalandhar to this temple, and they are via SH18 and SH16 and via NH44 and NH5.
- Via Amritsar:
There are two routes from Amritsar to this temple, and they are via Grand Trunk Road and SH 16 and via Grand Trunk Road.
3. By air:
The closest airport domestic to this temple is located in Shimla. The Jubbarhatti Airport is well connected major cities in the country while, the nearest international airport is situated in New Delhi.
c. Religious significance of the Sankat Moochan Temple
It is said that during the 1950’s a sage called Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj happened to arrive in Shimla, and apparently discovered a site that was ideal for meditation and inner introspection. After a period of time as the Baba’s fame grew around this region he decided to build a temple devoted to Lord Hanuman at the site he found. Now one of the ardent devotee of the Baba happened to be the then Governor of Himachal Pradesh. It was then the governor of the state and a man called Bhagwan Sahai who took up the challenge of building a temple devoted to Hanuman as per the Baba’s wish. And so this temple which was named “Sankat Moochan” was finally constructed and ready to be used by devotees on the 21st of June 1966.