The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple dedicated to the Lord Hanuman and it is located at Karmanghat, near Santoshnagar in Hyderabad city in the state of Telangana, India. It is one of the oldest and very popular Hindu temples in Hyderabad. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Anjaneya (Lord Hanuman). The temple has also other shrines of hindu God and Goddess i.e. Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Santoshimata, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Venugopala Swamy, Lord Jagannath, Lord Ganesha and many others deities. Here Lord Anjaneya swamy also known Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy as he sits peacefully meditating and blessing devotees.
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple History
The History of the temple dated back to the 12th century AD. As per legend, a Kakatiya king went for hunting in the forest. After sometime as he felt tired, he sat down to take rest under a tree. In that time, he heard someone chanting the name of Lord Rama. Being curiosity he walked further into the deep forest to find. He discovered a stone idol of God Hanuman, in sitting posture and the voice is coming from the vigraha. He paid his respect towards the idol. After returned to his capital, Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream and asked him to construct a temple.
The temple was constructed immediately and the successive kings of the Kakatiya dynasty ruled it well. About 400 years later, Aurangzeb had ordered his armies to destroy all Hindus temples to all corners of the country. When his armies came to this temple, they could not even enter near the compound wall. After this, Aurangzeb went there to break down the temple with a crow bar in his hand. Once he reached the temple place, he heard a fearful roar rumbling and the crowbar slipped from his hands in fear. Then he heard a divine voice from heaven “Mandir todna hai rajan, to kar man ghat” means “If you want to break down the temple, O King, harden your heart.” The place got the name kar-man-ghat after the words.
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple Timings
Temple is remains open as following times:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: Morning: 06:00 AM to 12 Noon and Evening 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Tuesdays and Saturdays: Morning: 05:30 AM to 01:00 PM and Evening 04:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Karmanghat Hanuman Temple Festival and Pooja
The temple celebrates the Lord Hanuman birthday Hanuman Jayanti with special pooja and large numbers of devotees come to the temple. Also every week’s Tuesday and Saturday prayers and rituals are performed for Lord Hanuman at the temple. The temple also provides “annadanam” meaning free meal to the poor and needy people on all days of the year. Only on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s free food is provided to all the devotees.
How to reach the Karmanghat Hanuman Temple
The nearest airport Hyderabad Airport is about 20 KM away from the temple. One can hire taxi or take bus to reach the temple.
The nearest railway station Yakutpura Railway Station is about 4 KM. One can hire taxi or take bus to reach the temple.
The nearest bus stop is Manda Mallamma Gardens. Regular Buses are available on this route.