Jakhoo

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Jakhoo Temple
View of Jhakoo Hanuman from the Ridge.JPG
View of Jhakoo Hanuman from the Ridge
Religion
AffiliationHinduism
Location
LocationJakhu Temple Park, Jakhu, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
CountryIndia
Jakhoo is located in India
Jakhoo
Shown within India
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

Jakhoo Temple is an ancient temple in Shimla, dedicated to the Hindu deity Hanuman.[1] It is situated on Jakhoo 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]

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 Jakhoo 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.[4][5]

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  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. ^ "Take Shimla ropeway to reach Jakhu from Ridge in 5 minutes". The Tribune. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Jakhu Ropeway". Jakhu Ropeway. Retrieved 6 November 2019.