Jakhu Temple, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to Hindu deity, Hanuman.

It is situated on Jakhoo Hill, 2.5 km /1.3 miles east from the Ridge, Shimla at a height of 2,455 m (8,000 feet) above sea level. Shimla’s highest peak offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the town of Sanjauli.

An ancient “Lord Hanuman” temple is there and every year a big festival is held on Dushera . You can go to the temple by foot (a steep climb) from Ridge (path behind the church) or can hire a pony/horse. Taxis are available too.

According to mythology , during the battle between lord Rama and Ravana   at Lanka ,Lakshmana the younger brother of lord Rama was injured from an arrow from Meghnad and turned senseless. In order to save his life ,when lord Hanuman  was moving towards Himalaya to get sanjeewani herb , all  of a sudden he saw Yaaku sage on Jakhu mountain in penance .Jakhu temple shimla

This place was named Jakhu , after the same sage .In order to gather more details about sanjeewani , lord Hanuman landed here . As a result of which Jakhu mountain which earlier was much  higher ,half sunk into earth . After getting all the clarifications about the herb , lord Hanuman started his journey towards mount Dron . However , his friends accompanying him  felt asleep  here due to  long distant tiring journey . When they woke up , all of them were sad on not finding lord Hanuman with them . All of them  decided to stay here .Their successors can be seen roaming in this area even today . Lord Hanuman had even promised the sage Yaaku to meet him during his back journey .However due to shortage of time as a result of wickedness of Kaalnemi , he had to return back to Lanka via shorter route .The waiting sage  got very sad .At the same time lord Hanuman appeared before the sage and told him the reason for not keeping his promise .When lord Hanuman disappeared , an idol of lord Hanuman appeared by itself and is present in the temple till date . This temple of lord Hanuman was constructed by the Yaaku sage in remembrance of lord Hanuman.

Hanuman Statue

Just on the outskirts of this erstwhile summer capital of the British raj, a giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman (the Monkey God) was unveiled at Jakhoo Hanuman temple in 2010, overlooking the entire city. Given its titanic size, it would not be out of place to say that monkeys will be omnipresent in this famous tourist destination which already has a large monkey population. At 108 feet at the highest altitude of over 8100 feet and constructed at a cost of Rs 1.5 crores, it surpasses the statue of ‘ ‘, which measures at 98 feet and stands at an altitude of 2296 feet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Jakhu temple shimla

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Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001 India
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