Mighty lord Hanuman and his mighty illustration
JIBRAN NAZIR (PHOTO/VIDEO SAURABH SHRIVASTAVA) TENNEWS
Lord Hanuman’s strength doesn’t need any further elaboration; mere mention of his name is enough for one to imagine his great and exemplary might, strength and his loyalty to Lord Ram. The idol of Hanuman stranding at the busy junction of Jhandewala in New Delhi is a vivid illustration of his character. The gigantic 108 feet long statue seems to watch over the entire area.
If you’re sitting in the metro on the Blue Line route towards Dwarka, the very next station after Karol Bagh announces itself and a huge statue of Lord Hanuman suddenly appears on the left hand side of the train, bewildering you and unless you’re lost in a book or playing games on your iPad, you simply cannot miss it! This particular Hanuman Mandir lies very close to the Jhandewalan Metro Station and unlike other famous & historic temples such as Jhandewalan Mata Mandir, Kalkaji Mandir or the Hanuman Mandir in CP, it’s not that old as it was built in 1997, to be precise.
Jhandewalan Hanuman mandir is one of the most popular Hindu temples in Delhi. The shrine is marked by the colossal 108 ft statue of Lord Hanuman and can be seen from the both Jhandewalan and Karol Bagh metro station. Tuesdays are quite crowded here, despite the fact that the temple stays open every day. Other than the massive effigy of Lord Hanuman, which fairly does its job of attracting devotees and tourists, the entrance of the temple is also an attraction. The entrance door has been carved in a shape of the mouth of the deity and one can reach the main hall of the shrine through a passageway.
During the evening Aarti; the arms of Hanuman’s giant statue move back, the chest slides open and the beautiful images of Lord Shri Rama & Devi Sita protrudes to give darshan (sight) to all the devotees. Certainly a dazzling sight!
The entrance to the temple resembles the open mouth of a Rakshas or a monster, which has been slain and is in the throes of its impending death. It perhaps tells the story of one of the numerous such monsters vanquished by Lord Hanuman in his illustrious life in the service of Shri Rama. At the base of the statue, close to the feet of the idol, lies a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali which according to some experts on Hindu scriptures & religion is not appropriate