Jakhu Temple

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Jakhu Temple
जाखू मंदिर
Jakhoo temple.jpg
Front view of the temple
DeityLord Hanuman
LocationJakhu Hill, Shimla
StateHimachal Pradesh
Jakhu Temple is located in Himachal Pradesh
Jakhu Temple
Shown within Himachal Pradesh
Geographic coordinates31°06′04″N 77°10′55″E / 31.1011706°N 77.1818317°E / 31.1011706; 77.1818317Coordinates: 31°06′04″N 77°10′55″E / 31.1011706°N 77.1818317°E / 31.1011706; 77.1818317
StyleKath kuni architecture
Height (max)108 ft.

Jakhu Temple (also Jakhoo Temple) is an ancient temple in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Hanuman.[1] It is situated on Jakhu Hill, Shimla's highest peak, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) east of the Ridge at a height of 2,455 m (8,054 ft) above sea level.[2] Each year, a festival is held on Dussehra, before 1972 the festival used to be held at Annadale.[3] Shri Hanuman Jakhu is a statue situated in the temple premises which is one of the tallest in the world.[4]

According to the Ramayana, Hanuman stopped at the location to rest while searching for the Sanjivni Booti to revive Lakshmana. A giant 108-feet-high idol of Hanuman was unveiled at Jakhu Hanuman temple on 4 November 2010. At 108 feet (33 m), it surpasses the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which measures at 98 feet (30 m), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cost of construction was Rs 1.5 crores. The public unveiling was officiated by Abhishek Bachchan.

The temple is accessible by foot, horse, taxi or ropeway. The Jakhu Ropeway is an aerial lift that links a point near the centre of Shimla to the temple. It was developed by Jagson International Limited and opened in 2017.[5][6]



  1. ^ Jakoo Temple Himachal Official website.
  2. ^ Jakhoo Temple Archived 4 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine Himachal Pradesh Tourism, Official website.
  3. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India : Latest news, India, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand, J&K, sports, cricket". www.tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  4. ^ Yogendra, Kanwar (3 November 2010). "Giant Hanuman statue to be unveiled in Shimla". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Take Shimla ropeway to reach Jakhu from Ridge in 5 minutes". The Tribune. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Jakhu Ropeway". Jakhu Ropeway. Retrieved 6 November 2019.