Hanuman Chatti is a Hindu temple near Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand. It is at a distance of 286 km from Rishikesh and 34 km from Joshimath. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman, and the temple derives its name from an interesting mythological event involving Hanuman and Bhima.
It is also a part of the Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand. (Learn more about it)
What is the history of Hanuman Chatti?
The history of Hanuman Chatti is that once, Bhima, the strongest of the Pandava brothers, was walking along a path through the region in which now the temple is present. However, he encountered a monkey lying in his path with its tail spread out such that Bhima could not pass.
He asked the monkey to move his tail aside and let him pass. However, the monkey complained that he was too old to move. At this, Bhima became angry and tried to move the monkey’s tail himself. But even after several attempts, he was unable to do so.
By this time, Bhima realised that this monkey is not ordinary, and hence, requested the monkey to reveal his true form. At this, Lord Hanuman revealed himself. Hence, this place became famous as ‘Hanuman Chatti’.
What is the significance of Hanuman Chatti?
The significance of Hanuman Chatti is that though the temple is small, its natural surroundings and serene atmosphere provide the devotees with a sense of peace. Moreover, it is present at the head of a very popular trekking destination. It is an important place for the devotees of Lord Hanuman.
What are the timings of Hanuman Chatti?
Here are the timings of Hanuman Chatti:
|Open||5 AM||12 PM|
|Close||2 PM||9 PM|
What are the festivals celebrated at Hanuman Chatti?
The main festival celebrated at Hanuman Chatti is:
- Hanuman Jayanti: This is the day when Lord Hanuman was born. On this day, devotees of Hanuman celebrate his birth and seek his blessings. They do so by making offerings at the temple and receiving the pious prasad. Devotees also sing the Hanuman Chalisa and read excerpts from Ramayana which show Lord Hanuman’s heroic deeds, devotion and bravery.
How to reach Hanuman Chatti?
Here’s how to reach Hanuman Chatti:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport present in Dehradun.
- Train: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh railway station.
- Road: Buses are available from ISBT Kashmere Gate to Rishikesh. From there, one can hire a taxi or use state transport buses to Hanuman Chatti.
Where to stay near Hanuman Chatti?
Some of the places where one can stay near Hanuman Chatti while undertaking the Char Dham Yatra are:
- The Kedar Dev’s: The hotel offers facilities like front desk, room service, parking and many more. In any medical emergency doctor on call facility is available. The hotel is backed by a team of skilled professionals, the property ensures that all needs of guests are fulfilled timely.
- Narayan Palace Hotel: The hotel offers comfortable accommodation in 46 tastefully decorated and well furnished rooms that include 20 Deluxe rooms, 4 Super Deluxe rooms and 4 Suites. The rooms are fully carpeted and appointed with all modern amenities including satellite television and direct dial telephone. The attached washrooms receive a continuous supply of hot and cold water.
- Jagirdar Guest House: It offers tented accomodation and a budget stay. Guest can enjoy breath-taking view of the great Himalayas and the luscious green mountains. Its also offers facilities like pick-up facility and guides on request. Guest can avail lip-smacking food at the in-house restaurant serving Indian and European cuisines.
What are some temples near Hanuman Chatti?
Some of the temples near Hanuman Chatti are:
- Badrinath Temple: Badrinath is a small temple town located in Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The majestic River Alaknanda flows beside the temple. It is one of the most sacred vaishnavite pilgrimage sites in Hindu culture. Badrinath Temple is also one of the temples which form the Char Dham Pilgrimage in India. It is also a part of the 108 Divyadesams dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
- Bhavishya Badri: It is the fourth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. According to beliefs, Lord Badri will take abode in Bhavishya Badri at the end of Kaliyuga. Even the name of the place literally translates to ‘Future Badri’, implying that it will be the future residence of Lord Badri.
- Yogadhyan Badri: It is the fifth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. As per mythology, the Pandavas were born here, and Pandu attained salvation and died here. Moreover, Yogadhyan Badri has a bronze image of Lord Vishnu. Devotees believe that Pandu installed this image, which depicts Vishnu to be meditating (Dhyan). Hence, the name of the shrine comes from the posture of the image, and it is popular as ‘Yoga-dhyan’ Badri.
- Dhyan Badri: It is the sixth among the ‘Sapt Badri’ temples. It has an Image of Lord Vishnu which was estabished by Urvarishi. This image of Vishnu is four-armed, made of black stone and in a mediatative posture. Also, Brahmins from Southern India serve as head priests in the temple.
These temples are also a part of the Char Dham Yatra destinations of Uttarakhand.