For Hanuman Devotees, this temple is worth a visit.
The history behind the temple is (as told to me) that Sadguru shri Gopalanandji Swami established this temple in 1950. On the day of pran prathistha, based on the prayers and faith of Sadguru shri Goplanandji, the people and saints present there could see the idol shaking and moving. Sadguru shri Gopalanandji named the temple as Kasthabhanjan Hanumanji and blessed the temple stating that whomsoever visits and prays here will have his kashta (problems) resolved.
There are multiple ways to reach the temple. We went by train. The route via train is that you get down at Botad station. This station is enroute Mumbai to Bhavnagar. Bandra Bhavnagar Express train which leaves Bandra (Mumbai) at around 9:30 PM reaches Batod at morning 9:15 AM. There are rickshaws available outside the Batod railway station. They charge 15 Rs per passenger on sharing basis or 120 Rs approx on one way trip basis. The temple is just 12 kms from Batod station and takes 15 -20 minutes to reach.
The temple is run by a Swaminarayan group. They have constructed huge complexes for accommodation. Normal rooms are offered free of charge and AC rooms are charged at 500 Rs for a day. We had taken an AC room (Room no A1). Though all Swaminarayan temples are known to be very clean, Unfortunately our room was quite dirty. But then as a pilgrimage point, we have to appreciate the fact that the Management is taking care of the pilgrims and offering accommodation FOC or at a very subsidised cost!
The Temple is neat, clean and definitely emanates an very pious, peaceful and spiritual aura! A hanuman devotee will definitely feel the positive vibes in the place.
Lunch and dinner is served free by the temple management. We did have afternoon lunch there... but ...found the plates little unclean and food one point below standard. This is not a criticism and I do understand that one cannot expect a five star treatment in pilgrimage places .....where hundreds of pilgrims are served free food everyday! But yet the standard of serving food does need a level of upliftment, like cleaner plates, seating arrangement and a little better quality of food. They should charge to those who can afford.
Since we could not eat to our satisfaction and were hungry, we took a trip to Botad and had food at a Veg restaurant called 'Chamunda Hotel'. Good lodge and satisfactory food in such a small village.
Presence at the evening Aarti made our entire trip a success. Great feeling! I suggest to all pilgrims that to take part in the aarti in case they are planning a visit and thus to plan the itinerary accordingly. The evening aarti takes place around 7:15 PM approx.
One can catch a return train back to Mumbai via the same Bhavnagar Bandra Express from Botad station on the same day! The train It leaves Botad at 10 PM and reaches Mumbai at around 10 AM. We did the same.
In all for those who have faith in Hanumanji, I do feel that one visit is a must.
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