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Sankat Mochan Temple/ Mandir is one of the most important holy spots in the holy city of Varanasi. Sankat Mochan Mandir is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Sankat Mochan Temple

Location: Located in Sankat Mochan Gali
Ideal Time to Visit: Anytime round the year; 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Attraction: Design pattern
How to Reach: Hire a cab or Auto from the hotel or take a rickshaw if you happen to stay in the vicinity.

Sankat Mochan Mandir VaranasiSankat Mochan Mandir do not have much historical significance but is a good place to visit at least once. No body knows who established this temple. It was actually very small in its early phase. In the due course various 'Mahants' collected funds to upgrade the structure and today it boasts off a fairly large complex. The temple has every possible facility for the devotees. There is an inn too where devotees can stay overnight. The must attend religious function of this temple is the famous "Pratah Aarti" or dawn offering that takes place at 5 AM in the morning. The "Sandhya Aarti" or the evening offering is performed to Lord Sankat Mochan at around 8:30 in the night. "The Rathri Aarti" is performed at around 10 PM after which the gates are closed.

Bi-Weekly ceremonies are held every Tuesdays and Saturdays when "Akant nama sangeerthanam, especially "Kishkindha" and "Sundera Kand" are recited. On the day of Kartik Krishna Chathurdhashi special prayers at dawn are held. On "Chitra Full-moon day, the annual festival of the temple is held. The chief attractions of this festival are the vivid tableaus that are taken out in the procession. Various discourses based on Ramayana and otherwise are organized to provide solace to the disturbed souls.