Who built the sarangpur temple and when was it constructed?
Sarangpur Hanuman Mandir
The Sarangpur Hanuman Mandir, also known as the Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Mandir, is a Hindu temple located in the town of Sarangpur in the Botad district of Gujarat, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism, and is believed to have been built in the 18th century by a devotee named Gopalanand Swami.
Gopalanand Swami was a disciple of the founder of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, Bhagwan Swaminarayan. He was born in the village of Bamanvel in Gujarat in the year 1781 and was initiated into the Swaminarayan Sampradaya at a young age. Gopalanand Swami was known for his devotion to Lord Hanuman and is said to have had a vision of Lord Hanuman while meditating in a forest.
In the vision, Lord Hanuman appeared to Gopalanand Swami and told him to build a temple in his honor. He also gave him a statue of himself and told him to install it in the temple. Gopalanand Swami was overjoyed by the vision and set out to build the temple.
According to legend, Gopalanand Swami spent 65 years building the temple. He worked tirelessly, using his own hands to carve the intricate designs and sculptures on the marble walls and pillars of the temple. He also collected donations from devotees to fund the construction of the temple.
The temple was completed in the early 19th century and was inaugurated by Gopalanand Swami himself. The idol of Lord Hanuman was installed in the temple and the temple was named the Kashtabhanjan Hanuman Mandir, which means “the remover of all difficulties”.
Over the years, the temple has undergone several renovations and upgrades to improve its facilities and accommodate the growing number of visitors. In recent times, the temple trust has initiated several social welfare programs, such as providing free meals to the needy and offering financial assistance to poor families.
Today, the Sarangpur Hanuman Mandir is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Gujarat and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The temple is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays, which are considered auspicious days