- sankatmochan hanuman
Sankat Mochan Temple is situated beside the Asi stream, close to the Durga Temple in the vicinity of the Benaras Hindu University. The temple is dedicated to the monkey god, Lord Hanuman.It is believed that Tulsidas, the author of 'Ram Charita Manas', the Hindi version of the 'Ramayan', originally written by Valmiki in late 1500 AD, founded the temple after a vision of the Lord Hanuman at that spot. The holy text was discovered in 1623 and has been in the temple since 1701. It is written in the Awadhi dialect which is part of the eastern Hindi language family.
In the early 1900's, Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the Banaras Hindu University, built the present structure. It is one place where the statues of both Ram and Hanuman face each other. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the number of devotees is particularly high. Laddos are offered to the Lord and 'sindoor' (vermilion) applied on the statue. According to Hindu astrology, Lord Hanuman protects those who have an ill-placed Saturn in their horoscope ('shani daasa').
Hanuman Jayanti is observed to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman. This festival usually falls on the full moon night of March-April. During this annual festival, a procession is also taken out in the streets of Varanasi.
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