Kengal Hanuman Temple Channapatna – Kengal Anjaneya Hanuman Swami Temple in Karnataka


Kengal Hanuman Temple at Channapatna is famous for a wish fulfilling five-and-half-foot tall Hanuman Murti. The temple is also famous for a 45-foot mace, which is kept in the temple premises. Mace (Gada) is the favorite weapon of Hanuman.

The popular belief is that Kengal Hanuman murti worshipped in temple was consecrated by Sage Vyasa. The murti is Swayambhu.

Origin Kengal Hanuman Temple

Legend has it the area of the present day temple was part of a thick forest. Merchants used to rest in the area but were often attacked by a tiger. One night the tiger carried away an ox of a merchant group. They searched for a while but had to stop because of darkness. They decided to continue their search next morning. During that night the merchants had a dream in which Hanuman assured them that the ox will be safe. He also asked to build a temple for him in the area so that they will always be protected.

When the merchants went in search of the ox in the morning, they found it next to the tiger and the ox was not hurt. They also saw a huge rock in front of the animals, covered in thick bush. They cut the bush and saw symbols of Lord Hanuman on the rock. Awestruck and grateful, they built a small temple of Hanuman which later became the Kengal Hanuman Temple.

The place gets the name Kengal from the red stones that are found in and around the temple. The deity worshipped in the temple is known locally as ‘Ayya’ and the t
emple is known as ‘Ayyan Gudi.’ Ayya means elder member of the house or society.

Location
Kengal Hanuman Temple is located at Vandraguppe Village and is around 5 km from Channapatna. The temple is around 65 km from Bangalore.

The important festival in temples are Ugadi, Ramnavami, Hanuman Jayanti in Dhanur Masa.