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Kala Hanuman – Black Hanuman Murti (Idol) In Hindu Temples

Kala Hanuman is the name used to refer to Black Hanuman Murti (Idol) in Hindu Temple. This form of Hanuman is associated with Shani Bhagvan or Saturn. It is widely believed that Shani – the malefic planet – will not harm Hanuman devotees.

Legend has it that Hanuman had rescued Shani from Ravana’s prison. Shani was imprisoned by Ravana to avoid any problems in his life. Hanuman who had gone in search of Mata Sita found Shani imprisoned. He rescued him. (You can read the entire story of Hanuman and Shani here.)

For rescuing him, Shani gave Hanuman the boon that he will not trouble his devotees. Shani promised not to trouble or cause hardships to Hanuman devotees. From that day people started worshiping Hanuman to escape from Shani.

Black is the color associated with Shani, so it is believed that black murti of Hanuman is more effective in alleviating troubles associated with the bad positioning of Shani in horoscope.

Those people going through Sade Sati period find relief after offering prayers at the feet of Hanuman.

Kala Hanuman is worshipped mainly on Saturdays. This is because Saturday or Shanivar is associated with Shani.

The idol or murti of Kala Hanuman is unique as majority of the murtis of Hanuman worshipped in North India is sindoor (red) in color.