Hanuman Temple, Hyderabad, Telangana
|Hanuman Jayanti, Sri Rama Navami, Ugadi/Yugadi, Krishna Janmashtami and Maha Sivarathri
The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest and popular Hindu temples in Hyderabad, in the state of Telangana, India. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman and the temple complex also houses other deities viz. Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Goddess Saraswathi, Goddess Durga, Goddess Santoshimata, Lord Venugopala Swamy, and Lord Jagannath. The temple is located at Karmanghat, near Santoshnagar and closer to the Nagarjuna Sagar Ring Road.
Legend / Local stories
This famous temple in Karmanghat was constructed in the 12th century A.D. according to the legend, when a Kakatiya ruler who was hunting after some time in the forest, felt tired and sat down to take rest under a tree. While resting, the king heard someone chanting the name of Lord Rama, the king got interested and went around trying to find who it was and as he walked further deep into the forest, he discovered an idol of Lord Hanuman. The stone idol was in a sitting posture and the voice was coming from within the vigraham. Having paid his respects, the humble king returned to his capital, and that very night, Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream and asked the king to construct a temple.
The Karmanghat Temple was constructed immediately and the succeeding kings of the Kakatiya dynasty ruled it well. Some 400 years later, Aurangzeb had ordered his armies to each and every corner of the country to destroy all Hindus temples. At this temple, Aurangazeb’s mighty armies could not even enter near the compound wall. After learning this, Aurangzeb, himself went there to wipe out the temple with a with a crow bar in his hand. When he reached the temple premises, he heard a deafening roar rumbling and the instrument slipped from his hands as fear overwhelmed him. Then he heard a thundering voice from the heavens saying Mandir todna hai raja, to kar maan ghat” which means, oh king, if you want to destroy this temple, then make your heart strong. The place got its name kar-man-ghat, after the voice from the heavens. And to this day, the main deity Lord Anjaneya sits in the temple peacefully meditating and bestows his blessing to his devotees, as Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy.Eight and a half centuries old Hanuman temple was built by the famous Kakatiya ruler Prataparudra II around 1143 AD in Lakshmigudem which was now called as Karmanghat village.
While resting under a tree after hunting for a very long period, the Kakatiya ruler heard the chantings of Lord Rama and went in search of the voice in the dense jungle and found the Lord Hanuman idol in seated posture there.He discovered that the divine voice is coming out from this idol [vigraha]. After paying respects to the Lord Hanuman, he returned to his capital city. During that night, Lord Hanuma given a vision to construct a temple at that place.The king built the temple immediately and very well looked over by the successive rulers.There is an interesting story behind the temple getting its new name as Karmanghat .
Time passed very quickly and after 400 years, king Aurangzeb sent his armies to all corners of the country for the further expansion of his glorious Mughal Empire started by Babur.After successfully conquering Golconda Fort, the king ordered his men to destroy this ancient and powerful Hanuman temple.Mughal armies tried a lot to enter the temple, but they were pushed by some divine strong force. They cannot even come close to the compound wall.When this shocking news was informed to the king, he himself decided to look into this matter and brought a crow bar with him to demolish the Karmanghat Hanuman temple.
How to Reach:
- By Road: In case you want to take the roadways to arrive at the temple, you can rely on the reliable and frequent bus services of the city. You can board a bus from the Mahatma Gandhi Bus terminal of the Hyderabad city, which is 12 kilometers far from the bus terminal.
- By air: now, this Hanuman temple is among the most famous hanuman temples in india. Therefore, a considerable number of international pilgrims come to pay respects to the holy shrines. The nearest airport to the temple is the Rajiv Gandhi International airport at Hyderabad. Overseas pilgrims will have to take a 15 km ride from the airport, to reach the temple.
- By rail: Boarding a train is perhaps a wise decision to reach the temple premises in a short span of time. The temple is at a distance of a mere 5 kilometers from the Secunderabad Junction Train Station, which is the closest rail station to the temple.