Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is located at Karmanghat in Hyderabad. It is one of the oldest temples of Hyderabad.The temple is spread across 3 acres of land and is painted in the colour characteristic of Hanuman-vermillion.There’s a pond in the complex where devotees take a dip.
As per a legend, the Kakatiya king, Pratapudra II went for hunting into the forest and got lost; he heard the roar of a tiger. He looked a bit to hunt it, but could not find it. After some time, he heard the chant of ‘Sri Ram’. Thinking that who could be Ram devotee in this dense forest, he went into deeper and found an idol of Hanuman in a posture of meditation. He prostrated to the Lord and went back to his fort. The same night, Lord Rama appeared in his dream and said Pratapudra to construct a temple at the place he did found the idol. Then Pratarudra constructed a temple for Lord Hanuman who was in the posture of meditation.
As the Lord Hanuman was in the posture of meditation and is called as ‘Dhyan Anjaneya Swami Temple’. Where ‘Dhyan’ means meditation and Anjaneya is another name for Hanuman. This temple is famous as Karmanghat because once the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was on the spree of destroying Hindu temples across the country; few of his men come to destroy this temple also. Because of some mystical force, the men could not enter the temple. This news was said to Aurangzeb; he also came to the temple for destroying Dhyan Anjaneya Swami Mandir. He was also occurred with the same situation as his men and a voice came from inside of the complex which said that ‘If you want to enter the temple, you must make your heart stronger (kar-man-ghat)”. The crowbar is Aurangzeb’s hand slipped and he made a hasty retreat. That’s how the temple is now known as Karmanghat Hanuman Temple.
The temple is also hosted by many other shrines dedicated to Lord Rama, Ma Durga, Ma Saraswati, Jagannatha, Nageshwara, Lord Shiva, Vigneshwara, Venugopala Swamy, and the Navagrahas etc. Ma Durga is much revered as she is considered to be the Shakti, the mother of the Universe. The Navagrahas- the nine planets, are considered the controllers of man’s destiny and are sincerely worshipped. Lord Shiva also draws many followers here. Continuous worship of 40 days cures illnesses, they say. It is also said that ladies who pray to Dhyan Anjaneya are blessed with healthy children.
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Everyday: 6:00 AM to 12:00PM and 4:00 to 8:00PM.On Tuesdays and Saturdays – 5:30 AM to 1.00 PM and 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
By RoadBuses from Secunderabad – 90L2, 8A-158M-104R, 40-277, 40-104R, 104J, etc. Buses from MGBS Bus Stop, Hyderabad – 72L-104A, 104A, 72V-104R, 1Y-277, 1Y-104R, 203A, 104R, 277.
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