Sankat Mochan temple, situated at Durga Kund Road in the southern part
of Varanasi is dedicated to Lord Hanuman (monkey God), an incarnation
of Vishnu. The temple is said to be established by famous poet Tulsidas,
the author of the Hindu epic Ramacharitamanasa. Sankat Mochan means 'liberator
from troubles' and those who comes and prays to the lord regularly is
believed to recover from all worries. Tuesdays and Saturdays are considered
as the most auspicious day for worshipping and large number of devotees
gathered here to offer prayers, sindoor and laddoos to the lord. Devotees
recite hymns of 'Hanuman Chalisa', 'Kishkindha' and 'Sundar Kand' as a
due part of their prayers. The best time to visit this temple is in the
early evening. Hanuman Jayanthi (Birthday of Lord) is the main festival
celebrated here for 5 days on the day of Kartik Krishna Chathurdhashi.
The temple is opened from 5.am to and the main rituals performed are 'Pratah
Aarti' at 5.am; 'Sandhya Aarti' at 8.30 pm and 'Rathri Aarti' at 10.pm.