Shri Sankat Mochan temple is located at Taradevi Kalka-Shimla national highway NH-22. It is 5km from the Shimla. You can easily approach to this temple because as it is situated on the road side on the national highway. This temple is dedicated to monkey God Lord Hanuman. This temple is the one of the most popular tourist attraction of Shimla. It is located in the lush of greenery because it is surrounded by forests & the backdrop consists of the imposing & lofty Himalayan ranges. The environment of this place is very peaceful. In this place, you can meditate, enjoy the peace & peaceful surrounding. This temple was a small shrine in the older days but now it is three storey building.
The history of the temple is that, around the 1950s, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to this beautiful place in the search of peace & calm. He stayed here for 10 days in the hut & realized that this was the best place for meditation & soulful introspection. Then he desired there must be a temple of Lord Hanuman should be constructed. Baba’s devotees the then Lt. Governor of Himachal Pradesh late Raja Bajrang Bahadur Bhandari & Sh. Bhagwan Sahai took the responsibility to fulfill their Guru,s desire and started the construction of the temple in the year 1962.Finally, the temple constructed on the 21st June 1966.
The temple was small in the back days but now due to the huge inflow of devotees, the temple has grown by leaps & bounds and today spread on a huge area. This temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Hanuman, though in the complex you should also find the idols of Lord Rama, Shiva & Ganesha separately. There is also a special temple built up of Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj. The temple of Lord Ganesha is made in the south Indian style of architecture and is worth the visit.
There are many facilities for the people in the temple. Here the three storey building used for many purposes. Every Sunday, the huge hall in the building is used for distributing the Langar to the devotees. One portion of the building is used to conduct many auspicious ceremonies such as marriages, engagements & many other sacred rituals. The temple charges a very nominal fee for this. Priests & the maintenance staff who worked here day & night use the rest of the building as a residential complex. There is also an Ayurvedic clinic in the building. There are also thirty well maintained, neat & clean toilets for the devotees & the staff.
So, whenever you visit the Shimla must visit this temple full of peace & greenery.
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