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Inner Voice: The lure of Jakhu temple

india Updated: Nov 17, 2011 23:01 IST
Sutapa Banerjee
Sutapa Banerjee
Hindustan Times
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It was quiet and calm all around. Our car traversed through the rocky road of Shimla that was so narrow that it could barely hold two carts adjacent to each other. I was amazed at the tranquility all around. We were on our way to the Jakhu temple.

The temple is built on the top of a huge mountain. It has a huge idol of Hanuman, 108 feet tall. The climb uphill was a great experience. The sharp turnings at such a high altitude called for deft driving. But our driver was as cool as the climate outside. There was no trace of worry in him.

The temple is situated at an altitude of 2445 Mts. Legend has it that Lord Hanuman, while returning from heaven, was endowed with extraordinary strength by Lord Megnad to collect Sanjibani from the Himalayas that would heal injured Lakshmana. While crossing the Jakhu hills, Hanuman spotted Yaksha, the sage engrossed in deep meditation. So he came here to rest and regain energy. The hills have been so named after the sage Yaksha who meditated there. The phonetic sound resembling ‘y’ and ‘j’ in Hindi has ultimately assumed the current name ‘Jakhu’.

The temple and its ambience seemed to me magnificent because of the serenity and tranquility that it offered. I vividly recall the drive up to Jakhu hills, the alluring spell that the temple’s surrounding has with its forests having rows of tall trees and the small shrubberies adorned with beautiful flowers in between. The tall trees, the hills and the sun were in unison to create a charming land that was far from the madding crowd of Delhi.

The priest in the temple was in no hurry to explain the glorious deeds of Lord Hanuman. Like the nature outside, he was calm and patient with his devotees. And, there was no bustle, no jostling in a cue to have a view of the famous god. I felt an inward joy. I wondered at the various modes of de-stressing that we try to learn. A visit to the Jakhu temple could do much better!