Ayodhya, well-known for its legendary association with Lord Rama, is one of the holiest cities in Uttar Pradesh state. Hanuman Garhi is one of all the Holy Places in Ayodhya that has made a place for itself not only in the minds of devotees but also among the major tourist attractions in Ayodhya. Popular tourists visit a large number of Hanuman Garhi’s. It enjoys a convenient location right in the heart of Ayodhya city and is a must-visit if you are considering tours to Ayodhya.
History Hanuman Garhi
According to a famous legend, Hanuman had occupied the place where the Hanuman Garhi now stands. To secure Janmabhoomi or Ramkot, he used to live in here. It is very much for its connection with mythology. When we seek to trace its history to more modern times we will learn that the Nawab of Avadh actually donated the land for Hanuman Garhi. Later a temple was built in the middle of the 10th century by a Hindu courtier of the Nawab.
The architecture of Hanuman Garhi
Hanuman Garhi, in Ayodhya, India, is one of the most famous religious shrines. Approachable by a 76-step trip, devotee Hindus believes all your wishes will surely be fulfilled on a visit to this shrine. No wonder those with a religious bent of mind are almost always thronged about it. Within this cave temple’s inner sanctum is enshrined a statue of Mata Anjani with baby Hanuman within her lap. Hanuman is believed to have lived here at one point to safeguard the site. So as of now, it’s the god that is worshipped with much respect.
Also worth a visit is Hanuman Garhi, apart from its religious importance, since it is a very impressive structure with outstanding architectural skills. It is analogous to an impressive four-sided fort, with circular bastions at each corner of it. One can’t but stand with confidence and look at it. Open from sunrise to sunset, it’s easily accessible from any part of Ayodhya city. So make sure that you pay it a visit when in Ayodhya on a sightseeing tour.
How to Reach the Temple
By Air: Lucknow (135 km), and Varanasi (200 km) are the closest airports.
By Road: Ayodhya is from Faizabad, about 6 km (4 mi). Lucknow (135 km), Varanasi (200 km), Allahabad (165 km) and Gorakhpur (175 km) are well connected to Ayodhya.
By Rail: A good rail network connects Ayodhya directly to Lucknow (3 hours) and Varanasi (4 hours).
Daily Poojas and Festivals
Opening & closing times for this temple are 5.00 AM and 10.00 PM. Many of the Lord Hanuman rituals are performed during this time. The regular pujas are done by Archana, Aarti, and Abhisekham.
- Rama Navami
- Deepawali is the festival celebrated in the temple.