Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Temple in Alwar is located within the premises of Sariska National Park. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman. One of the striking things about the idol of Lord Hanuman is that the lord has been depicted in a resting position. The temple is situated about 11 km from the main entry gate of the Sariska National Park.

The popular legend associated with the Hanuman Temple in Alwar dates back to the days of Mahabharata. Lord Hanuman was determined to shatter the ego of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, who believed that he was the strongest in the whole world. When the Pandavas were going for spending their 13th year of exile, Lord Hanuman acquired the form of an old monkey and lied down on the way through which the Pandavas were supposed to pass.

When the Pandavas came, they saw that their way was blocked by a huge old monkey who had an unusually long tail. They asked the monkey to give them the way but the monkey said that he was too old to move. After hearing this, Bhima was asked to make a way by pushing aside the monkey’s tail. But Bhima couldn't move the tail even an inch. After seeing this, the Pandavas realized that it was not a normal monkey but had some divine powers. Later Lord Hanuman came back to his true form and told them his true intention of teaching Bhima a lesson.On this site the locals later on constructed the Hanuman Temple Alwar with the idol of Lord Hanuman in the original reclining posture.

Last Updated on 19 December 2011