A pilgrimage tour of Varanasi is not complete without visiting Sankat Mochan Temple. Located on the banks of River Assi, Sankat Mochan Temple is sacred to Lord Hanuman. It is one of the oldest Hindu shrines in Varanasi which is visited by thousands of devotees of devotees every day. The term ‘Sankat Mochan’ refers to reliever from problems. One of the main highlights of this revered shrine is the idol of Lord Hanuman which is facing to Lord Rama, whom he worshipped with much ardour and devotion. This popular tourist place in Varanasi is said to be the place where Tulsidas wrote Ramcharitmanas. On every Tuesday and Saturday, the crowd of devotees gets doubled up. As a holy offering, besan ke laddu (a sweet dish) is presented to Lord and the idol is adorned with a marigold flower garland. As per the beliefs, a visit to this renowned religious site in Varanasi is said to fulfil the wishes of devotees. Another thing which you can expect to see inside the temple is the larger chunk of monkeys. Every year, in the month April, Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh is organized by the temple. This is basically a classical dance and music festival where musicians and various artists from all around the country showcase their talent.
The history of Sankat Mochan Temple dates back to the time of Goswami Tulsidas - a Hindu Vaishnava saint and poet. It is said that the temple of Sankat Mochan is built at the same spot where Tulsidas saw Lord Hanuman. Subsequently, he decided to build a temple of Lord Hanuman and named it 'Sankat Mochan'.
Saket Nagar Colony, Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
The temple of Sankat Mochan in Varanasi remains open all days a week. One can visit the temple on any day from 5 in the morning to 10 in the evening. The morning aarti starts at 4:00 AM whereas the evening aarti begins at 10:00 PM.
In the near proximity to Sankat Mochan Temple, there are numerous other tourist places that are also worth a visit.