Mahavir Mandir, Patna
Mahavir Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, located in Patna, Bihar. Every year millions of pilgrims visit the temple, thus making it the second most visited religious shrine in North India. The Mahavir Mandir Trusts have the second highest budget in North India after the famous Maa Vaishno Devi shrine.
Quick Glimpse of the Mandir:
- The temple has three floors in total. The ground floor houses the idols of Lord Hanuman. It is different from other Hanuman temples in ways of the purposes served by each of the idols. One idol, a sculpted rectangle fulfils desires of noble souls, and the other idol is said to purify evil done by anyone. The ground floor also opens up to a courtyard and has sweet and book shops.
The first-floor houses life-size idols of various Gods and Goddesses. Here, the 'Ramsetu-Shila', believed to be a part of the floating stone bridge built by the monkey army in Ramayana can be found.
- The second floor is meant for religious ceremonies and rituals and does not contain idols. Sanskaar mandap is located at this floor. This floor also features the amazing pictographic representation of the scenes from the Ramayan.
- The main campus houses the office, a shop that is selling the ritual books and articles, one astrological/palmistry centre and gemstone centre to fulfil the requirements of devotees of every aspect.
- The temple houses almost all-important deities. In addition, Lord Buddha, Lord Ganesha and Shabari are also worshipped here.
Some interesting facts about Mahavir Mandir, Patna
- Mahavir Temple has a whole temple complex. Towards the left side of the entrance, there are stairs on a raised platform which leads to Garbhagriha. This Garbhagriha is the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Hanuman.
- There is again a passage which houses Lord Shiva. This passage has a ritual significance for the devotees who come here to offer prayer and seek blessings.
- Outside the temple is a Peepal Tree which has a temple of Lord Shiva which is architectured in the design of cave. This cave looks very beautiful.
- The speciality of Mahavir Temple is the prasadam which they offer to the Gods and Goddesses. The prasad is especially prepared by the experts of the Tirupati Temple in Andhra Pradesh. This Prasadam is known as Naivedyam.
Other Top Attractions to visit:
Patan Devi Temple: It is one of the oldest and the most sacred temples of Patna. Dedicated to Maa Patneshwari, it is one of the 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas in India. It is a popular belief that the name of the city Patna is named from Bari Patan Devi Temple.
Birla Temple: This temple is a great tourist attraction to visit. Birla Temple is located in many big cities including Delhi, Jaipur, and Bhopal etc.
Takht Sri Patna Sahib: Takht Sri Patna Sahib is a Gurdwara in the neighborhood of Patna Sahib, India. It was to commemorate the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Sikh Guru, was born in Patna and spent his early years here before moving to Anandpur. Besides being the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, Patna was also honored by visits from Guru Nanak as well as Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Mahavir Mandir Patna Timings: -
- The darshan starts from 5 am to 10:30 pm every day.
- The temple is open for darshan even on Public holidays from 5 am to 10:30 pm.
How to Reach:
Easily accessible from any part of the city. Located right outside Patna Junction. It is at a distance of 6 km from the Airport and 5 km from Mithapur Bus Stand.
Points to Remember:
- Avoid Tuesday and Saturday due to huge crowd.
- Parking can be a problem owing to numerous visitors per day.