The revered Hanuman Temple of Lucknow is enshrouded in a coat of mystery and intriguing tales and is one of the most important places of Hindu worship in the city. This venue of high religious significance is believed to have been conceived as a result of a dream of Begum Rabiya. This beautiful lady was the wife of Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah. She had once dreamt that an exotic idol of Lord Hanuman was buried in a garden and she was supposed to have the same dug up. The idol was to be installed in a temple constructed under her orders. She was then blessed with a child and decided to dig up the area for getting her hands on the statue. The Nawab went along way in supporting her dream and ordered the digging. Very soon, an idol similar to the one seen by her wife in her dream was unearthed. He then decided upon the construction of a large temple in the vicinity of Bara Imambara and gave orders for the idol to be installed in its sanctum.
En route to the Bara Imambara, the elephant ferrying the idol, chose to sit down at a spot in Aliganj. In spite of numerous efforts, it simply refused to budge –necessitating the construction of the temple at that very place. It is said that a holy saint had advised the Nawab to have the temple built at the very place at which it stands today. This temple is called the New Hanuman Temple of Aliganj and is associated with festival of Bara Mangal and a grand fair or mela. This popular festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and fervor on an annual basis and is well attended by thousands of devotees—from far and near alike!
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