Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple or Sankat Mochan temple is located in the southern part of Varanasi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey God of Hinduism. The term ‘sankatmochan’ refers to reliever of all problems. The temple is also famous for offering made with dal and jaggery, which is given to the visitors. Offering marigold garland to Lord Hanuman is an important pilgrim activity here.
The temple is located very close to Banaras Hindu University(BHU). The temple is located 11 km away from the railway station and one can hire a cab or auto to reach the temple. The temple is just 3 km away from Banaras Hindu University(BHU). You can hire auto from any part of Varanasi to reach the temple. It takes 45 minutes to reach the temple from the railway station.
Tuesdays and Saturdays are very famous ritual days and you can find more than 1000 visitors during those days. In April, a classic music and dance festival is organized inside the temple. The festival has been a part of this temple for the past 88 years. Many performers from various parts of the country visit this temple to be a part of the celebration. Many famous performers can also be seen in the festival. During Hanuman Jayanthi, numerous rituals will be performed inside the temple. The temple is open from 5 am to 10 pm. Rituals are conducted at 5 am and 9 pm.
Booklet containing chants of Hanuman and Lord Ram are given free to the visitors. You can find a lot of monkeys inside the temple.The main deity is placed in a direction that Lord Hanuman is found look at Lord Ram located in the same temple. A bright orange powder is given as an offering to the visitors. Worshippers place the offering on their forehead. It is not mandatory.
According to legend, the temple was built at the spot where Tulsi das found a vision of Hanuman. It is an 18th century temple but, there are no details to who built it.