Sankat Mochan temple is one of the sacred temples
of Varanasi. It is located in the southern part of Varanasi, near the
Banaras Hindu University. It is dedicated to the Hindu God, Hanuman. The
word "Sankat Mochan" means one who helps in removing
sufferings i. e. Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas, the author of the famous Hindu
epic Ramacharitamanasa, founded the Sankat Mochan temple. According to
Hindu mythology, one who visits the Sankat Mochan temple regularly, his
wishes get fulfilled.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, thousands of devotees queue up in front of
the Sankat Mochan temple to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman. According to
Vedic Astrology, Hanuman protects human beings from the anger of planet
Saturn and those who have ill placed Saturn in their horoscope visit the
Sankat Mochan temple to get remedy. People put "Sindoor" on
the statue and offer "laddoos" to Lord Hanuman. The "Sindoor",
from the statue of Lord Hanuman is put on the foreheads of devotees.