Monday, April 11, 2011

The Jakhu temple in Shimla is dedicated to Lord Hanuman : Location, Famous for, History & Significance, Hight of the Statue of Lord Hanuman


Situated at the highest peak of Jakhu hill, the Jakhu temple is a century old structure dedicated to Lord Hanuman (Hindu god). One of the famous pilgrimage centers of Shimla, Jakhu temple attracts devotees as well as adventure freaks tourist, who indulge themselves into trekking and mountaineering activities organized by the Himachal Pradesh government.

Location : The Jakhu Temple in Shimla is situated on the top of Jakhu Hill, at an altitude of 2.5 kms.

Famous For : The Jakhu temple in Shimla is dedicated to lord Hanuman, and is said to be existing from the times of Ramayana.

The Temple

The Jakhu Temple in Shimla is situated at an altitude of 2455 Mts. The temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the monkey god in Indian mythology. Hanuman was the most faithful aide of lord Rama (India’s most revered mythological hero). The temple of Hanuman is in the thick forests of Jakhu hills, and is on top the Jakhu Hill. Jakhu is derived from Hindi word Yakhsa. Yakshas are the mythological character in Hindu mythology, who are a link between human and gods. The original dates of temple is not known, but it is believed to be existing from the times of Ramayana, a pre historic event as per ancient Hindu texts. The Jakhu hill is the highest peak around Shimla, and is famous for its trekking options. The Jakhu hill offers excellent views of sunrise, sunset, mountains and town. The hill is full of narrow paths and roads which are an enjoyable walks.

The Legends

The Jakhu temple is said to be formed when lord Hanuman visited Jakhu hill. As per legends, Hanuman visited this place during the famous Rama - Ravana fight. Lakshman, the younger brother of Rama, was critically injured during the fight and the only medicinal herb which could have saved his life was available in the Himalayan range. Hanuman came to Himalayas, but got confused, so as to which was the particular herb. Out of desperation, he dug out the whole mountain, which contained the herbs and flew to Lanka, where injured Lakshman and his doctor were waiting for him. On his way back, Hanuman rested on the Jakhu hills, and the top of the mountain got flat by his and mountain’s weight. The temple of Jakhu has since been highly revered by the locals. The shrine of the temple is the foot prints of Hanuman. In most of the Hanuman temples in India, one can come across numerous monkeys and Jakhu is no exception. There are hundreds of monkeys in and around the temple. Though mostly very peaceful, they can attack a person, if provocated. Pilgrims offer them eatables, which they readily accept.

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