Sankat Mochan Temple Varanasi
Sankat Mochan Temple is one of the holy temples situated in Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is devoted to the Hindu God - Hanuman. Lord Hanuman’s another name is Sankat Mochan which means reliever from troubles. It is said that Lord Hanuman had appeared in the dream of Goswami Tulsidas who was the writer of Hindu epic Ramayana. After that dream, Goswami Tulsidas discovered the temple. People believe that Tuesday and Saturday are the days of Lord Hanuman. They believe if they offer prayer these days, their obstacles and hindrances will be reduced also their wishes will get fulfilled. A large number of people visit, especially in these two days.
As per Vedic Astrology, Hanuman shields people from the outrage of planet Saturn. The Sankat Mochan sanctuary is regularly visited by those individuals who have badly set Saturn in their horoscope. They regularly visit there to get cure from those bad effects which are occurring because of their horoscope. Devotees put "Sindoor" on the statue and offer "besan laddoos" as a prasad or offer to Lord Hanuman. Moreover, they offer Marigold Garland to the lord.
A special prayer is offered to Lord Hanuman on the auspicious day of Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi. The best time to visit this place on regular days is - morning at around 5 am when Pratah Aarti is offered an evening at around 8 pm when Sandhya Aarti is offered. A Ratri Aarti is also offered every day at 10 pm. Thousands of devotees chant Hanuman Chalisa, Sundarkand and Kishkindha as a prayer. The Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh is organized every year in the month of April. Musicians and performers from all over the world take part in this function. In this function, a classical music, classical dance and drama performances are carried throughout the night and till the next morning. Also, the Annual Festival is celebrated by the temple on Chaitra Full Moon Day.
The temple gets a heavy rush every day. So, it can take 30 min to an hour for the darshan of Lord Hanuman and more than that on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. Sweets and garlands are sold outside the temple. Mobile phones, bags, camera etc are not allowed inside the temple. There is the facility of lockers to keep these things safe. You will feel peace and calm inside the temple and will see lots of monkeys. So take care of yourself.