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Godavari Dham is a temple complex in the Kota City of Rajasthan. The temple dedicated to the Balaji form of Lord Hanuman Ji is very impactful in the lives of its devotees. The temple complex, located on the banks of the Chambal river sprinkles its grandeur throughout the city.
Information on Godavari Dham-
The complete name of the temple is Shri Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, Godavari Dham but it is now famous by the name of Godavari Dham.
The entrance to the temple complex is through a huge gateway with two arches and kiosks at the top of the arches. The main temple has two sanctums with white towers over them. The first sanctum has the idol of Balaji in a standing posture.
The second sanctum houses the idols of Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Goddess Sita and is situated just opposite to Lord Balaji’s idol. Thus, the two face each other every time and this is a perfect depiction of the strong bonds of Hanuman Ji with Lord Ram.
The idol of Lord Hanuman Ji is about 5 feet high with a mallet (gada) in a hand and the Rudraksha garland in the neck. The idol is said to be miraculous as it drives away all the pains of its true devotees.
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It is believed that the idol was earlier located deep inside the River Chambal, and then Lord Hanuman himself asked saint Gopinath Bhargav, in his dream, to establish it in a temple. So, the sage did the same with the help of his disciples.
People from different parts of the city and state reach this temple to offer their prayers of true belief to Lord Hanumanji or Balaji.
Large sitting space is present between the two sanctums which is used by devotees to sit and dedicate their prayers by reciting Hanuman Chalisa and other hymns.
On the two special days of Ramnavami and Hanuman Jayanti, the idol is decorated to its extreme elegance with gold ornaments that weigh 25 grams.
A small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and his family is also located on the backside of the main temple.
Other temples dedicated to Lord Bhairav and Lord Ganesh are located inside the Godavari Dham temple premises.
On the midnight of every Tuesday and Saturday, a charismatic and splendid grand Arti is done and the Rudra form of Hanuman Ji is worshipped. People from different areas come here to get rid of foul spirits that have captured them anyhow. This special Arti is believed to be the most effective one for such people.
Cowshed, Vyayamshala, residence of saints, and halls are some other structures within the temple premises.
Best Time to Visit Godavari Dham-
The best time to visit the temple is during the early morning or evening times. The temple overall is an amazing place to visit that has calmness and peace along with its religious importance.
How to Reach Godavari Dham?
Nearest Airport- Sanganer Airport, Jaipur (240 km) from Kota.
Nearest Railway Station- Kota Junction (11 km).
The temple remains round the clock and on all the days of a week.
No entry charges are taken.