Jakhoo temple, which is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman, the monkey God and the great devotee of Rama, is located at a height of 2455 meters above the sea level. The temple is located on a hill called Jakhoo. The hill offers a nice sight above the valleys that surround the hill, along with the surrounding mountains, and a panoramic view of Shimla. Tourists can also have a wonderful view of sunrise from the hill. The forest clad hill is a paradise for monkeys who gather here in great numbers and accept eatables offered to them by pilgrims and visitors. Jakhoo hill, which is considered as the highest hill around Shimla, is popular among trekkers and mountaineers. The hill holds many thin paths and pleasurable walks.
It is said that the Jakhoo temple dates back to the age of the Ramayana. According to Ramayana, Hanuman landed here, while on his Himalayan journey in search of the supernatural sanjivanee booti; the aromatic plant that saved Lakshmana- the younger brother of Lord Rama- from Megnadh's lethal assault. Hanuman landed here for a brief period to get relevant information about this magical herb from the sage Yakku. The temple and the hill are named after this sage. The legend goes that as a result of Hanuman's landing, the mountain, which was much taller than it is now, half sank back into earth. The temple is believed to be constructed by Yakoo sage in remembrance of Hanuman.
From the base of the Jakhoo hill, one has to walk around two km on foot to reach the Jakhoo temple. This short journey offers a pleasurable trip to the tourists. On this two km journey, tourists can seep in the beauty of the dense forests of deodar and pine, and enjoy the tranquility and an overwhelming sense of harmony pervading through nature. Tourists can get walking sticks at teashops, at the foot of the hill.
The temple is a highly revered place of Shimla, and a plethora of devotees crowd here to pay their homage to the Lord Hanuman. Visit Jakhoo temple to view the scenic beauty and pay your homage to Lord Hanuman, while on your Shimla tours.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/07