|Hanuman Garhi Temple|
Hanuman Garhi is a 10th-century Hindu temple of Hanuman in Uttar Pradesh, India. Located in Ayodhya, it is one of the most important temples in the city along with other temples such as Nageshwar Nath. This shrine is under the charge of Bairagi Mahants of Ramanandi Sampradaya and Nirvani Akhara.
The origins of Hanumangarhi trace back to the 18th century when land was first allotted to Abhayaram Das during the governorship of Saadat Khan (1722–1739 CE). The subsequent rulers, including Safdarjung and Shuja-ud-daulah, supported the temple's construction with additional revenue land grants. The temple's completion, however, occurred under Diwan Tikait Rai during the governorship of Asaf-ud-daulah in 1799 CE.
Hanuman Garhi temple is located near Ram Janmabhoomi. In 1855, the Nawab of Awadh saved the temple from Sunni attackers. Historian Sarvepalli Gopal has said that the 1855 dispute was not for the Ayodhya temple dispute but for the Hanuman Garhi temple.
Hanuman Garhi Temple is shaped like a four-sided fort with circular ramparts at each corner, housing shrines dedicated to the primary deity Hanuman. There are 76 stairs to reach the main temple, where the garbha griha, adorned with silver carvings, awaits. The central has three intricately designed doors leading to the inner chamber. Within, a 6-inch deity of Hanuman, depicted in his youthful (Bal) form, is positioned on the lap of his mother Anjani. A silver tulsi garland, inscribed with the name of Rama is adorned by Hanuman. The verses of the Hanuman Chalisa are inscribed on the temple walls. The temple features a Victory Pillar, known as Vijay Stambh.
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