The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple- One of the oldest and popular Hindu temple


In Hindu mythology, different gods represent different qualities like Lord Rama represents Dharma (Righteousness). His biggest devotee Lord Hanuman represents strength and devotion. He is the role model for someone seeking strength. Despite having strength and not being arrogant is the most important quality of life. Lord Hanuman devoted his whole life to Lord Rama. According to hindu mythology he is also a chiranjeevi (one who lives till the end of time). There are many temples where devotee pray to Lord Hanuman. But there is a Hanuman temple which even Aurangzeb cannot destroy. This Temple is the Karmanghat Hanuman Temple and this place has a special story attached to it.

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Karmanghat Hanuman Temple


The Karmanghat Hanuman Temple is one of the oldest and popular Hindu temples in Hyderabad.

This temple of Lord Hanuman also houses other deities who are Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Goddess Saraswathi, Goddess Durga, Goddess Santoshimata, Lord Venugopala Swamy, and Lord Jagannath. 

The temple is located at Karmanghat, near Santoshnagar and closer to the Nagarjuna Sagar Ring Road.

Temple is open from 6am to 12 noon and 4:30pm to 8:30pm on all days. Except Tuesdays and Saturdays, where it is open from 5.30am to 1pm and 4:30pm to 9pm.


When the Kakatiya king Prola II went hunting and was resting under a tree, he heard the chanting of Lord Rama’s name. Wondering who it was in the middle of a dense forest. There he discovered a stone idol of God Hanuman, in seated posture and the voice coming from the vigraha. Having paid his respects, he returned to his capital. That night, the Lord appeared in his dream and asked him to construct a temple.

Interesting Story of this Hanuman Temple

Aurangzeb sent out his armies to all corners of the country for further expansion of the Mughal Empire. At this temple, the army couldn’t even step close to the compound wall.

When the general reported this to Aurangzeb, he went with a crow bar to break down the temple. At the doorstep of the temple, he heard a deafening roar rumbling like thunder. The crowbar slipped from his hands as he was shaking in fear. Then he heard a voice in the heavens “Mandir todna hai , to karo man ghat” (translation: “If you want to break down the temple, harden your heart.”).

He immediately left the place and this is the reason why the place got the name kar-man-ghat. And to this day, Lord Anjaneya  (Lord Hanuman) sits peacefully meditating and blessing devotees, as Dhyana Anjaneya Swamy.

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