Jakhu Temple

Jakhu Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Jakhu temple has spawned many legends. According to local lore, Jakhu Temple existed during Ramayan times.

The word 'Jakhu' is derived from the Hindi word 'Yaksha' Yakshas are fictional characters in Hindu mythology. The primary role of the Yakshas is to be a link between humans and gods.

Jakhu Temple is situated on the top of Jakhu hill, at an altitude of 2455 meters above sea level. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god of the Hindu pantheon. Jakhu Temple is located in the deep forests of Jakhu hills. This mystical location has given birth to many legends from time immemorial. One of the legends became a portion of the Ramayana-the great Hindu religious text.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Hanuman relaxed on this very spot when he was transporting 'Sanjeevani' the medicinal herb from the Himalayas to Lord Lakshman. The herb saved Lord Lakshman's life. The place was named after the learned sage Yaaku-who meditated here.

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There are many monkeys around Jakhu Temple, but they do not attack visitors. Some pilgrims to Jakhu Temple offer the monkeys edible eatables, which they accept with alacrity. The approach to the temple is through a dense forest of deodars.

Jakhu Temple is easily accessible from Shimla city. The temple is a 45 minute walk from Shimla Ridge. You can also take a pony to visit Jakhu Temple. Jakhu Temple offers a superb vantage point for witnessing the ethereal Himalayan skyline during sunrise or sunset.

Last Updated on : 24/08/2012

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