Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Popular Mahavir temple, Patna

Crowd at Mahavir Mandir Patna during Ram NavmiExplore Bihar

Mahavir Mandir is a popular one in Patna, the capital city of Bihar.  Considered as  one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, it is being visited by million of pilgrims  every year and is the second most visited religious shrine in North India. It is a manokamana mandir where every wish of the devotee is fulfilled and the ardent devotees visiting this famous Hanuman temple have a lot of trust in Rama Baktha Hanuman.

The temple receives donations up to Rs. 100,000.00 almost every day from the pilgrims by way of offerings in the donation box (hundi in Tamil). Next to
the famous Maa Vaishno Devi shrine, the Mahavir Mandir Trusts, have the second highest budget in North India. Its  daily collections go up everyday.

The temple has been around for centuries, however the mandir was established by one
Swami Balanand, an ascetic of Ramanandi sect in  1730 A.D. Until 1948, Gossain Sanyasis controlled the temple and in 1948, as per Patna High Court verdict, it became a public temple.

Mahavir Mandir, Patna. biharhistorical.blogspot.com
The temple gained popularity after 1947 soon after the partition of India. There was an influx of Hindu refugees from East Bengal  Subsequently, there was no dearth of funds available so, a concrete temple structure  came up. In 1987 this structure was pulled down to make way for attractive building made of marble stone. The idol of Sankat-Mochan stands in  the sanctum. Unlike many Hanuman temples across India, this one has two idols, one for the protection of good people and another for the elimination of cunning and wicked people.
 
The temple is always crowded  on Saturdays and Tuesdays to have a darshan of lord  Lord Hanuman.
The annual Sri Ram Navami and New Year are celebrated on a large scale.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavir_Mandir