Bhadra Maruti Temple Aurangabad
Bhadra Maruti temple in Khuldabad, near Aurangabad is dedicated to Lord Hanuman who is considered Lord Rama’s greatest devotee. Lord Hanuman was given the boon of immortality and to never grow old by Sita Mata. In this temple Lord Hanuman is in a reclining posture known as ‘Bhava Samadhi’ – forever immersed in Lord Rama.
- Lord Hanuman
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History and the story of Bhadra Maruti Temple Aurangabad
The history of Bhadra Maruti temple goes back to the time of the Ramayana in the Treta Yuga. Lord Hanuman is also known as ‘Vayu-Putra’. Lord Hanuman has several names including – Bajrangbali, Kesarinandan, Sankat Mochan and Mahavir and many more. He was born to Kesari and Anjani Mata and was a devotee of Lord Rama from His childhood. As we know from reading the Ramayana, Lord Rama was exiled to the forest for 14 years. He, along with Sita Mata and brother Lakshman spent time in various places including Chitrakoot before they came to Panchavati forest. Mata Sita was enchanted by a golden deer who was Ravana in disguise. She asked Lord Rama to get it for Her. Lord Rama set off in chase and was far away when Sita Mata heard a voice crying out for help. She thought Lord Rama was in trouble and sent Lakshmanji to help. Seeing Her alone, the wicked Ravana kidnapped and carried Her away to Lanka. Lord Rama’s grief was immeasurable, but He pulled Himself together and set off in search of Mata Sita.
Lord Rama and Lakshmanji came to Rishyamuk Parvat near Kishkindha. This is where Sugreeva was hiding from his brother Bali. Seeing Lord Rama and Lakshmanji from atop the mountain, he sent Lord Hanuman to find out who they were. Lord Hanuman took the guise of a Brahmin and went down to enquire who these two Kshatriya princes were. After some talk Lord Hanuman realised it was none other than His own Lord Rama. Lord Hanuman carried Lord Rama and Lakshmanji on His shoulders to the mountaintop. Then followed Lord Rama’s friendship with Sugreeva, the search for Sita Mata and the battle with Ravana. The battle between the ‘Vanar Sena’ of Lord Rama with the demonic forces of Ravana was fierce as it could be. During the course of the battle, Lakshmanji was wounded and the only way to save His life was by the use of ‘Sanjeevani’, which could only be obtained from the Himalayas. Lord Hanuman immediately set off to bring it.
In the central region of the Indian subcontinent was a kingdom called Bhadravati, which was ruled by the good and pious King Bhadrasena. The king was a devotee of Lord Rama and was also a gifted musician and singer. By way of worship, king Bhadrasena would sit in some quiet location and sing hymns to the Lord. It so happened that when Lord Hanuman was flying the long distance from Lanka to the Himalayas, He needed a short rest. Lord Hanuman came down to earth and sat in a secluded spot to rest a short while before carrying on. To His surprise He heard the king singing hymns to the Lord and was mesmerised by the devotion and melody in that voice. Lord Hanuman went into ‘Bhava Samadhi’ in a reclining posture. When the king finished singing and got up to go, he saw Lord Hanuman in a trance and recognised Him. The king prostrated himself when Lord Hanuman came out of His trance. Lord Hanuman was very pleased with the king’s devotion and agreed to stay there in the form of a reclining idol forever and bless all who came. Thus came to be the temple now known as Bhadra Maruti temple in Khuldabad. Lord Hanuman can be seen in a reclining posture. The temple is built of white marble with artistic floral designs and hymns depicted on the walls. In the mughal period the idol was hidden and lost and forgotten, till it was miraculously found in 1966. It was enshrined once again and in 1991 a grand temple was built by the Shri Bhadra Maruti Sansthan. Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti are the main festivals celebrated here.
Importance of Bhadra Maruti Temple Aurangabad
The idol enshrined in Bhadra Maruti temple is a Swayambhu (self Appeared) idol and by the wish of Lord Hanuman Himself. It was lost for centuries, but was found again. This can only happen when the Lord wishes it so. Devotees come here with unshakeable faith, knowing their prayers will be answered.
Best time to visit Bhadra Maruti Temple Aurangabad
Aurangabad can be visited all through the year.
How to reach Aurangabad
The nearest railway station is Aurangabad railway station which is about 27 km from the temple.
The nearest airport is Aurangabad Airport and is 34 km from the temple.
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