SankatMochan Temple Varanasi / संकटमोचन मंदिर वाराणसी
Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple is one of the sacred temples of the
Hindu God Hanuman ji established by Saint Sri Goswami Tulsidas ji in
the southern part of Varanasi city, Uttar Pradesh, India.
It is situated on the banks of Pouranic Assi river.
Goswami ji has specifically
named his deity "Sankat Mochan" which means reliever from troubles.
In the temple, offerings to Lord Hanuman (called Prasad) are sold like
the special sweet "besan ke ladoo", which the devotees relish; the idol is also
decked with a pleasant marigold flower garland as well.
This temple has the
unique distinction of having Lord Hanuman facing his Lord, Rama, whom
he worshiped with steadfast and selfless devotion.
It is believed that the temple has been built on the very spot where Tulsidas
had a vision of Hanuman. The temple still continues to be attended by
thousands of Rama and Hanuman devotees who chant Hanuman Chalisa and
Sundarkand.Sankat Mochan temple is near the Banaras Hindu University.
The Sankat Mochan Foundation (SMF) was established in 1982 by Veer Bhadra
Mishra, the Mahant (High priest) of the temple, and has been working for
cleaning and protecting the Ganges river.
Each year in the month of April, the temple organizes a classic music
and dance concert festival titled, "Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh", in which
musicians and performers from all over India take part.
The first festival
was organized 88 years ago, and since then it was attract numerous stalwarts
of Indian classical music and dance world, including Odissi guru, Kelucharan
Mahapatra, who was associated since its early days.