Hanuman Vatika is an extensive park which consists of a giant statue of Lord Hanuman and several other temples. The statue of Hanuman is considered as the tallest statue in the whole of Odisha. It is also one of the tallest statues of Hanuman present in Asia. Hanuman Vatika literally means ‘the garden of Hanuman’.
Hanuman Vatika is situated in Rourkela district of Odisha. In addition to magnificent temples, sandy beaches, ports, lakes etc. this beautiful garden adds glory to the state of Odisha.
More about Hanuman Vatika
The statue of Lord Hanuman housed in the Vatika is 75 feet tall and it is housed in an extensive 13 acres of land. It was built by Sri Lakshman Swami of Hyderabad. It was inaugurated in the year 1994 by the then Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik. It is a beautiful garden temple. It was setup by Hanuman Vatika Trust. This place isn’t given much importance by the Odisha Tourism Department. But still this very spot is a place of national importance. It is known for its calm and serene environment. The various temples housed inside this complex are equally very famous. Prasad is also available within the complex. One can buy this Prasad which is sold in packets in here. Apart from this one can also find a number of shops lined outside Hanuman Vatika. These shops sell items essential for puja rituals, sweets etc. One can buy these items from these shops and go and offer their offerings to the temples housed in the Hanuman Vatika.
Other Temples in Hanuman Vatika
Hanuman Vatika comprises a total of 18 temples housed in it. There exists temples of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Batta Mangala Devi, Sarala Devi Temple, Jagannath Temple, Laxmi Temple and another temple of Santoshi Mata. Recently the temple of Sai Baba has become very popular among the tourists. The statue of Sai Baba housed in this very temple resembles the statue housed in the famous Shirdi Sai Baba temple. A large number of tourists come to visit this temple on a daily basis.
There also exists a hall meant for accommodating public gatherings and functions. This is known as the Kalyan Mandap. Various social functions like marriage, Bratostaba, Ekoishia etc. are celebrated in here. Visitors when on a trip to this place visit all these temples. These temple are beautifully made and reflect the modern style of architecture of temples. These temples are adorned with beautiful idols of gods, goddesses and ornamented in a unique fashion. There also exists a statue of Lord Shiva along with his consort, goddess Parvati and their son Ganesh. These idols aren’t very huge like the Hanuman statue housed in here. The temples are painted in bright and bold colours. The entire complex reflects divinity.
The humungous Hanuman statue goes with the mythological description of Hanuman. He is capable of increasing this size in mythology and the statue gives the visitors a wonderful reflection of this concept. Tourists love taking pictures by this wonderful statue of Lord Hanuman.
Events and Festivals held in Hanuman Vatika
Various festivals are celebrated in Hanuman Vatika every year with great pomp and show. These festivals include the festival of Rath Yatra, Shivratri etc. In addition to this the foundation day of Hanuman Vatika is also celebrated. It is celebrated on 23rd of February every year. Visiting this place during this period of time is a colourful and energetic experience. Hanuman Vatika experiences a huge influx of visitors during this period of time. Festivals add fun and frolic to the serene ambience of the place.
A Tourist’s Guide to Hanuman Vatika
Hanuman Vatika is situated in the hustling and bustling city of Rourkela, in the state of Odisha. It is a tourist destination which is easily approachable. This is the reason why many devotees and visitors come to visit this place on a daily basis. It is situated adjacent to the Rourkela General Hospital. This hospital is a major landmark for locating Hanuman Vatika. Reaching this place by road when in Rourkela isn’t a very big deal as it is well connected to the city. One can hire an auto or take the city bus and reach this destination. It is open from morning till evening. Hotels are available in Rourkela and one can book rooms beforehand online too. It is a wonderful spot for spiritual people who seek peace of mind. The garden here is very well kept. Many visitors come and spend some quality time in these lush green gardens. It is also a wonderful spot for taking pictures. Hanuman Vatika is more popular amongst adults as it is a spiritual and devotional place. It continuously undergoes renovations from time to time. So, every visit to Hanuman Vatika gives the visitors a chance to explore something new. It is a place full of calm and peace. It is a must go destination for people who seek serenity.