Being a history lover, I love to visit places of historic importance and ancient temples. During my stay at Patna I had the opportunity to visit Mahavir Mandir, which is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is called Sankat Mochan and he is believed to fulfill the wishes of all devotees who pray here. Every day thousands of devotees pray here and go back blessed by Lord Hanuman. The temple is open for the devotees on all days of the week from 5.30 am to 10.30 pm. It is believed to have existed from time immemorial and got popular during the partition of India in 1947. During the years from 1983 to 1985 the temple was totally renovated using marbles and now it has three floors, including the ground floor.
I reached the temple at 5.00 pm and after putting my chappals at the entrance, got inside and went to the main temple. On the ground floor was the shrine of Lord Hanuman and on the passage surrounding the shrine was the idol of Lord Shiva. After praying here I went to the first floor, where I saw life size idols of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Goddess Durga and many other deities. There was also a Shivalingam, where Rudrabhishekam was performed. Another interesting feature of this floor was the floating Ram-setu Shila, which was kept in a glass enclosure. It was believed to be a part of the bridge that was built during the invasion of Lanka by Lord Rama and his army of monkeys.
The second floor did not contain any idols, rather it was used for marriage ceremonies and for ‘Havans’. I got to the ground floor and in to the large courtyard there, which had a book stall that sold religious books. I bought a few books from there and went to the sweet shop to buy the ‘Prasad’, ladoos. The ladoos here is famous and I bought lots of them to take back home. After spending about 40 minutes in the temple, I came out blessed by Lord Hanuman and feeling happy at heart.