HIDDEN GEM OF RAJASTHAN
The Hanuman Mandir of Pandupol is a famous temple located inside the Sariska National Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. In which a huge idol of Lord Hanuman is installed in a calm position. The ancient Hanuman Temple of Pandupol, situated amidst the high ridged hills of the Aravalli range, is one of the most visited places in Alwar. The temple complex is also famous for langurs, macaques, and a variety of birds and for its gorgeous 35-foot waterfall. Pandupol is believed to belong to the period of the epic of Mahabharata. The Pandavas are believed to have spent some years of their lives at Pandupol during their exile. According to another legend, this Pandupol was the place where Lord Hanuman defeated Bhima and curbed his pride.
The history of Pandupol Hanuman temple is believed to be 5000 years old, according to the ancient epic- Mahabharata, Bhima struck the mountain with his mace, due to which the way through the mountain came out and the door built on the mountain was established by the name of Pandupol Hanuman temple. According to another story, Pandupol was the place where Lord Hanuman defeated Bhima and curbed his pride.
According to an incident from the Mahabharata period, Draupadi had gone to take a bath in the river's reservoir downstream of this valley as per her regular routine. One day, while taking a bath, a beautiful flower flowing in the water came from above in the drain, Draupadi, express great happiness after receiving that flower and thought of wearing it as her earrings. After bathing, Draupadi asked Mahabali Bhima to bring that flower, then Bhima started moving towards the stream, searching for the flower. Ongoing forward, Bhima saw that an old giant monkey was lying comfortably with its tail spread and the path was completely blocked by the monkey.
Due to the narrow valley, there was no other way for Bhima to get ahead. Bhima said to the old monkey lying on the way that if he can put his tail out of the way in the reply the monkey said that he’s old age Bhima can go over it, then Bhima replied that he cannot go over his tail rather he should move aside. On this the monkey said that Bhima looked strong, so he can remove his tail. When Bhima tried to remove the monkey's tail, the tail did not move an inch from Bhima. Even after repeated efforts by Bhima the tail of the old monkey did not move then Bhima understood that he is not just an ordinary monkey.
Bhima pleaded with folded hands to the old monkey to reveal his true form. On this, the old monkey revealed his true form and introduced himself as Lord Hanuman. Bhima called all the Pandavas there and worshiped the old monkey in a lying form. After this, the Pandavas established the Hanuman temple there, which is today known as Pandupol Hanuman Mandir. Now a large number of devotees reach here every Tuesday and Saturday, the temple is the center of faith of the people.
Lakkhi Mela of Pandupol Hanuman Temple is a popular fair of Alwar that fills the Ashtami of Bhadau Shukla Paksha every year. About 50 thousand devotees from Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, and other places come to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple on the occasion of Lakkhi Mela. If you are planning to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple, then let us tell you that October to March is considered to be the best time to visit Pandupol Hanuman Temple. Pandupol Hanuman Temple is open for tourists daily from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm.
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