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Jakhu Temple

History

One of the main attractions in Shimla is the Jakhu Temple or as it is locally known, the Hanuman Mandir, which is located at Jakhu Hill. The Jakhu Hill is 2 km from the Ridge and at a height of 2500 m is the highest peak in Shimla and offers a beautiful view of the town and of the surrounding Himalaya mountains.

The main deity of worship at the temple is Lord Hanuman This temple of Lord Hanuman was constructed by the sage Yaaku in remembrance of lord Hanuman. The Jakhu temple is one of the most mythologically relevant places in Shimla. Even before you begin the steep climb of 300 mts you can see, a 108ft high orange Lord Hanuman statue standing out majestically from behind the deodar trees. The temple holds several statues and paintings of Lord Hanuman as well as Lord Rama. The temple also has a pair of feet engraved in white marble which devotees believe are of Lord Hanuman. Throughout the day One can hear the ringing bells and devotional music throughout the day here and this add to the divinity of the place. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated at the temple with much aplomb this is one of the best times to visit this holy place.

The temple also has a large amount of monkeys lurking around looking for some food from the visitors, so do be careful not to provoke them.

Best time to visit

The summer months from March to June are a suitable time to enjoy the scenic beauty of Shimla. Temperature ranges between 15°C to 30°C and it is ideal for outdoor activities Winters months from October to February are accompanied by snowfall and ideal for, skiing and ice skating with the average temperature in the 8°C and -2°C range.

Trivia

It is believed that the Jakhu Hill shrank to half its size once Lord Hanuman stepped on it.

Timing

The timings of the temple depend on the season in which you are visiting. The winter timings for the temple are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. whereas the summer timings are from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.


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