One of the most popular tourist attractions of Shimla, the Sankat Mochan Temple is located among lush green and tranquil locales in this beautiful hill station. Shri Sankat Mochan temple in Simla is located on the Kalka - Shimla highway, on the National Highway - 22. The temple is a place where one can actually meditate and enjoy the calm and peaceful surroundings. Lush green trees surround Sankat Mochan Temple and the backdrop consists of the imposing and lofty Himalayan ranges and a light mist adds the mystical touch to that place. Let us take a look at the temple's history.
Not very long ago, around 1950's, Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj came to
this beautiful place and discovered the perfect spot for meditation and
soulful introspection. After staying here for 10 days, he desired that a
temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman should be built here. Baba's faithful
devotees included the governor of Himachal Pradesh, who along with
Bhagvan Sahai took up the task of building the temple and fulfilling
their Guru's wish.
Finally, on the 21st of June 1966, the temple was sanctified and thus
was fulfilled Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj's desire of having a temple
built over here that was dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It was a small
temple back then, but now, due to the huge inflow of devotees, the
temple has grown by leaps and bounds and today sprawls on huge area. The
temple is dedicated mainly to Lord Hanuman, though one finds idols of
Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganesha in separate complexes. There is a specially
made temple for Baba Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj also. The temple dedicated
to Lord Ganesha has been built in the South Indian style of architecture
and is worth the visit.
The temple has many facilities for people and also includes a
three-storey building that is used for many purposes. Every Sunday, the
huge hall in the building is used for distributing Prasad, also known as
Langar. One portion of the building is used to conduct marriage
ceremonies and is rented out to people who want to conduct marriages.
The temple charges a very nominal fee for this. Apart from marriages,
there are many other sacred rituals and ceremonies that can be conducted
over here. Priests and the maintainance staff, who work here day and
night, use the rest of the building as a residential complex. The temple
also has an Ayurvedic clinic and thirty well maintained toilets.
Read about the famous Sankat Mochan Temple of Shimla (Simla), which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Sankat Mochan Temple Shimla
|Location:||5 kilometers from Shimla (Kalka - Shimla National Highway)|
|Dedicated to:||Lord Hanuman|