Stepping out from the Patna Junction you will realize there are two types of crowd present there, one who is going to travel and the other going to worship God. Mahavir Mandir Patna is located near Patna Junction. Mahavir Mandir Patna is one of the oldest and leading temple of the country. This temple is devoted to Lord Hanuman. Mahavir Mandir is located in Patna, Bihar. Thousands of devotees come here each day to offer prayer and seek the blessing of Lord Hanuman. It is also called “Manokamana Temple” as it is said that each and every wish of devotees is granted. This is why there is an increasing number of devotees in the temple.
Mahavir Mandir Patna is considered to be the holiest temple in the country that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Mahavir Mandir Patna is very prominent and renowned temple of Lord Hanuman in Bihar. Millions of devotees come here to seek blessings and offer the prayer because of which it is the second most visited religious place in North India. After Vaishno Devi shrine, Mahavir Temple Trust has the second highest budget. The daily earning of Mahavir Mandir Patna is around 1 lakh. Acharya Kishore Kunal is the secretary of Mahavir Mandir Patna Trust.
Mahavir Mandir Patna History
- According to Patna High Court Judgement in 1948, it is said that the Mahavir Mandir Patna exists since immemorial period. Still the first establishment date is unknown to the people. Mahavir Mandir Patna gained popularity in 1947. This is because a large number of refugees came to Patna after partition.
- But according to the historic facts and traditions is it said the Mahavir Mandir Patna was originally established by Swami Balanand. He was an ascetic scent in 1730 A.D. The Temple was rebuilt at the time of Independence.
- There is no such specific story behind Mahavir Mandir Patna as its existence is still unknown to the people. It is said that this temple exists since immemorial times.
- Mahavir Mandir Patna has two idols of Hanumanji standing side by side in the sanctum.
Significance of Mahavir Mandir Patna
- The entrance of the Mahavir Mandir Patna is towards the north. There are many facilities like shoe keeping, clean water for washing feet and hand.
- Mahavir Temple does not only have temple but 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.
- The first floor of the Mahavir Mandir Patna consists of four sanctum sanctora of Deities. The first one is of Lord Rama. The second one is of Lord Krishna delivering the sermon to Arjun. Goddess Durga is situated next to Lord Krishna. And last but not the least, Lord Shiva meditating with his wife Goddess Parvati and Nandi, the holy ox.
- The holy floating Ram Setu Shila is also placed on the ground.This Ram Setu Shila is kept in a glass container. It weighs around 15kgs whereas its volume is around 13,000mm.
- The second floor is used for the ritual purpose. This floor includes Sanskar Mandap. Rituals like the chanting of Mantaras, Japa, Satyanarayan Kathas, recitals of Holy scriptures etc are performed on this floor. You can also find pictographs on the floor which depicts scenes from Ramayana.
- While moving on the first floor you’ll be blessed with Lord Ganesha, Lord Buddha, Lord Satyanarayan, Lord Rama followed by Sita Maiyya and Goddess Saraswati.
- Outside the Mahavir Mandir Patna is a Peepal Tree which has a temple of Lord Shiva which is architectured in the design of cave. This cave looks very beautiful.
- coming out from the temple, we can find offices, shops for buying pooja samagri, book shops selling religious books etc. One can also find Palmistry/Astrological centre and Gem Stone Centre to fulfill the needs of their devotees.
- The another speciality of Mahavir Mandir Patna is the prasadam which they offer to the Gods and Goddesses. They are prepared by the experts of the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh. These prasads are delicious. This Prasadam is known as Naivedyam.
- Mahavir temple offers Laddoos to Hanumanji. Naivedyam is a sanskrit term which means offering eatables to the Gods and Goddesses. This Naivedyam is prepared by various ingredients like besan of the gram, cashew, raisins, sugar, saffron, green cardamoms etc. These ingredients are mixed and cooked in ghee and then moulded into round shape. The saffron mixed in Naivedya, are directly obtained from Kashmir.
- In Mahavir, Temple devotees do not have to pay dakshina to the priest as they are payed by the Temple Trust. This is the only temple where on paying a certain amount, the devotees get all the ingredients and they do not to pay dakshina to the priests.
Mahavir Mandir Patna Timings
- Mahavir Mandir Patna darshan is from 5 am to 10:30 pm everyday.
- The Mahavir Mandir Patna is open for darshan even on Public holidays from 5 am to 10:30 pm.
- The best time to visit the temple is during the daytime.
- It takes around 1 hour to do darshan.
Mahavir Mandir Patna Food Timing
The offerings which devotees give to the Gods and Goddesses are touched to the Gods and Goddesses and then sent back to the devotees which are known as Prasads. Devotees are also provided food by the Mahavir Mandir Patna.
Festivals celebrated in the Mahavir Mandir Patna
- Shri Ram Navami– This festival is celebrated to celebrate the birth of Lord Ram. After Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya, Mahavir Temple attracts a large number of devotees during this festival. As compared to ordinary days, there is an approximate difference around 3 lakhs to 5 lakhs.
- Janaki Navami– This festival is celebrated to celebrate the birth of Sita Maiyya. This festival is celebrated on the 9th day on the bright day of Vaisakh month. There are statues of King Janak, his priest, ministers and attendents along with oxen with a plough opposite of Sitamadhi Railway Station.
- Hanuman Jayanti– Hanumanji’s birthday is celebrated on this day. This festival is celebrated on the 14th dark fortnight of the Kartik month. On this festival, the Dhvaja or flag of the Mahavir Mandir Patna is changed.
- Durga Puja– Durga Saptasati is recited from beginning to the end during Durga Puja for nine days. Goddess Durga’s idol is established in the campus and a large number of devotees come here to offer prayer and seek blessings. On last three days, there is a large gathering of devotees in the Mahavir Mandir Patna.
- Vivah Panchami– This is the festival of Lord Ram and Sita Mata’s marriage. Because Hanuman Ji was very fond of Lord Ram and worshipped him, this is why this festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. During this festival, the most impressive idol of Lord Rama and Sita Mata is kept in the Mandir. On this festival, traditional glimpse party from Maithila is performed. This festival is celebrated for two days to celebrate the wedding ceremony of Lord Rama and Sita Mata.
There are many other festivals which are celebrated in Mahavir Mandir Patna like Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Ravidas Jayanti, Gita Jayanti, Ramanandacharya Jayanti, Tulsi Jayanti, Sanskrit Divas etc. All these festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm by the devotees. During these festivals, the number of devotees increases to a large extent.
How to reach: Road, Rail, and Air
- Road- You can easily reach Mahavir Mandir Patna from any part of the city. There is a great facility of vehicles like auto, buses and private vehicles in the city. Being the busiest place in Patna, there is often a problem to park the vehicle. There is a solution to this problem. The temple parking area can be used for the same.
- Rail– This temple is placed next to Patna Railway Station. This is why one can directly reach the temple without any difficulty.
- Air– Mahavir Mandir Patna is just 6km away from the airport.
Where to stay?
There are various places to stay in city Patna. There are so many private organizations as well as hotels in this city. There are 5-star hotels as well as hotels with nominal charges according to the traveler’s budget. The charges of the hotels are very nominal as they keep the needs and demands of the customers in their mind. There are hotels like Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Panache etc. These hotels are very hygienic and have various facilities like hygienic and delicious food. They even provide WiFi facilities to its customers.
Where to eat?
There are various places where ione can have delicious food. There are restaurants like Haveli in Frazer Road, Yo China near Dak Bangla Chowk, Moti Mahal in Boring Road, Takshila in Birchand Patel Marg etc. These places have very nominal charge. Restaurants like these focus on the needs of the consumers. Foods are prepared in a very hygienic conditions. They focus on the cleanliness and hygiene.
- Patan Devi Temple– This temple is the oldest and the most sacred temple of Patna. This temple is dedicated to Maa Patneshwari. It is one of the 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas in India. It is believed that the Name of the city Patna is named from Bari Patan Devi Temple.
- Birla Temple– This is a great place to visit. This temple is a great tourist attraction to visit. Birla Temple is located in many big cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Bhopal etc.
There are many famous temples like Shri Mahavir Mandir, Durga Temple, Patliputra Karuna Stupa. These are the well-known places where devotees and other tourist visit while touring this city. There are many other Hanuman Temple but Mahavir Temple is the most important and sacred as well as auspicious temple.
- Kumrahar– Kumrahar is an exhibition hall which lets us know the rich history of Patna. It is located 5kms away from Patna. It lets us know the cultural excellence of the ancient Patliputra city. This place contains the architectural remains of Mauryan Palace. It was during the excavation done between 1912 to 1915, people came to know about the Mauryan pillared hall.
- Golghar– It was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin to store grains when famine hit the city. This architecture is built in Stupa style. Golghar is 125 meters wide and 3.6 meters thick. This architecture has steps which will take you upstairs. It is the tallest building in Patna. the scene outside Golghar is very beautiful as river Ganga can be seen gushing beneath.
- Patna Museum– It is situated in the centre of the city. It has the capacity to take you to the ancient lane. It was constructed in 1917 and is the oldest museum in Patna. It has a Mughal and Rajput flavor. The construction done here is of Mughal and Rajput style. It possesses more than 45000 artefacts.
- Agam Kuan– Agam Kuan is also referred to as The Unfathomable Well. It reflects the effects taken by Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan which is considered to be extraordinary. Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan was behind the construction and the collections of Agam Kuan.
- Sanjay Gandhi Botanical Garden– The another place where one should definitely go is Sanjay Gandhi Botanical Garden. It was established in 1969 and has more than 110 species of wild animals. Animals which are found here are tigers, white tigers, hippopotamus, lions, monkeys etc. There is a facility to take the tour of the zoo through battery-operated cars. There is also Toy train facility which takes you to the gardens of the zoo. This zoo also has boating facilities. Boating is done in the pond created in the centre of the zoo.
There are various places where one can go while touring in Patna. There are places like Jalan Museum, Sri Krishna Science Centre, Patna Planetarium, Khuda Baksh National Library, Nalanda University, Buddha Smriti Park, Jalmandir Temple, Begu Hajjam’s Mosque etc.