Hanuman Mandir, Powai

by mumbaitemples@gmail.com, September 11, 2013

Hanuman Mandir temple attracts young and old a like from Powai, Chandivali and Sakinaka. Devotees find a comforting solace in the serenity and profound ambience of the temple. A priest Dhonde Pujari from Sainathnagar comes every morning and evening to perform puja everyday.

On Saturdays it is open the whole day and is flooded with devotees queuing up the temple entry. The location is very convenient off the main road with open space all around. It is built of primitive material. The entry welcomes you with a ‘tulsi’ plant in the centre and there is a board with ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ scribed on it.
Inside, the temple is adorned by a stone Hanuman idol garnished in red paste of some 3 ft. This stone idol was apparently found by the senior Paranjpaye during the excavation of Powai Lake in early nineties. He then installed this stone idol at this place and built a temple around it.

The trustee of this temple himself a devout beleiver of Lord Hanuman. Sreedhar Paranjpaye has authored a book called ‘Manache Shlok’ in which he has mentioned about this Hanuman Temple at Powai. Apart from this he also writes a column in Maharashtra Times (Marathi Edition) by the name of “Sagun Nirgun’. This column is very much appreciated by its readers as told by its editor Bharat Kumar Raut.
But a serious question troubles Paranjpaye and thousands of its visitors is, as to where will be the temple relocated, once the JVLR II road widening work reaches this stretch. There is no definite location allotted to them and its fate hangs in uncertainty. It is being contemplated that it should be moved to the nearby Ram Mandir in the adjoining building.

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