Sankat Mochan Temple, Varanasi is dedicated to an important form (avatar) of Lord Hanuman, a deity who is believed to remove all sufferings and obstacles from the path of his devotees. This temple is one of the most sacred temples of India and ranks high in the list of temples presided by Lord Sankat Mochan. Founded by Tulsi Das, the writer of the popular Hindu epic ‘Ramacharitamanasa’; this important religious venue attracts devotees from all parts of the country and beyond. According to legends and local folklores, the wishes of those visiting this temple in a regular manner are surely granted –and in many more ways than one.
Visited by thousands of devotees on Saturdays and Tuesdays, Sankat Mochan Temple is a popular place of worship for those desirous of offering their prayers and reverence to Lord Hanuman. As per Vedic Astrology, Hanuman is highly instrumental in protecting human beings from the wrath of planet Saturn (Shani). So, people with ill placed Saturn in their astrological horoscopes, make an effort to visit this temple and get solutions for their ill fate.
Here, you may like to offer “ladoos” to the deity or smear its idol with “sindoor”. The latter is considered very auspicious and is taken from the feet of the deity and applied on the forehead of all devotees. Try to visit this temple in time for the dawn offering or "Pratah Aarti”, which is performed at 5 am every morning. You may also choose to attend the "Sandhya Aarti" at 8:30 p.m. in the evening or wait for the “Rathri Aarti” at 10p.m. at night—just before the gates of the temple are closed for the day.