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Posted On: 19 MAY 2018

Swachh Mandir Campaign to be launched at the Prachin Hanuman Mandir, New Delhi

Hanuman Ji literally resides in the heart of Delhi as one of the most ancient temples of the beloved deity is located in the bustling city center, Connaught Place. Dating back to the Mahabharata days, it is one of the only five temples that trace their history back to the ancient Indian epic.

Indraprastha, believed to be located near Delhi's Purana Qila, was mentioned to be the home of the Pandavas who fought wars with the Kauravas in the Mahabharata.

The temple in the current form rests on a structure believed to have been built by Maharaja Man Singh I of Amber who ruled between 1540-1614. Maharaja Jai Singh rebuilt it sometime in 1724.

The legend goes that poet Goswami Tulsidas, the creator of Ramcharitamanas, was asked to appear in the Mughal court to perform a miracle which he did with the blessings of Hanuman Ji. The emperor is learnt to have gifted an Islamic crescent to him which forms part of the temple till today.

The chants of Jai Ram, Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram reverberates in the temple 24x7 since 1964 setting a Guinness record.

The other uniqueness of the temple is that it houses the idol of "Bal Hanuman", Hanuman Ji as a child.

Thousands of devotees visit the temple daily with numbers going substantially up on Tuesdays, the day associated with Hanuman Ji as he was born on Purnima (full moon day) of the month Chaithra on Tuesday.

This Prachin Hanuman Mandir is one of the key focus areas of the Swachh Mandir Campaign that seeks to clean temple complexes allowing the devotees to take blessings of the Lord in a serene, calm setting.

An awareness drive along with voluntary service will ensure that the premises is kept clean and high standards of hygiene are maintained round the clock.

The temple is the shining example of the city's heritage and one of the most sacred spots in the national capital. It must be transformed into a showcase premises setting an example of cleanliness.

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