Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple@California

When I was asked by my friend whether I could come to Hanuman Temple which is located in Gilroy, CA . I was bit surprised to know that we have Hanuman  Temple located in Bay Area.  The reason for this surprise is that though I stayed for longer period in Bay Area, I didn't know about this wonderful place.

 Image Source - Pauline

     One more phenomenon about this place is that this temple is running mostly by foreigners. The reason behind this is that they all are disciples of Baba Hari Das.Let me make you all to explore this  self divining , serenity of senses and blissful place through my experience .


Video Source Youtube@Chum 94555 user

A little about Guru Hari Das                                                                                                                          Baba HariDas is a muted monk from Kumaan region of Northern India. He has not spoken since 1952 and transforms his communication by writing in a small white board.

The history starts about 30 years back from now . The Mount  Madonna Center is a private residential and conference centre  founded by students of Baba Haridas in 1978.

The temple was founded in 2003, when  Guru Das swamiji was shown the Hanuman Murthi  by his disciples which was shipped from  India in 2001 , Babaji wrote on his board "It needs Temple" and that's how Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple was founded in 2003 which was running by the disciples of Baba Hari Das.
My Experience
            The place is located in Mount Madonna centre, Watsonville which is about 14-15 miles from Gilroy. Once we  entered  the zigzag road path  we could see the exemplary scenic  beautification of landscape. As  we entered the entrance of Temple premises We were welcomed by warm Namaste from foreigner. Helped us in terms of parking and temple details.

                                                    Devotees during Yagna Process
 Image Source @ Temple website

           Pure bliss and euphoria is what I felt when I saw the temple. The beautification sculptures of different idols, environment ,  rocky hills, ringing bells  made me for a while that I am in India. Apart from Indian priests even I saw foreigner priests conducting pujas and offerings(prasad) to Anjaneya.

Other Places visited
1.Went to Anjaneya's world cafe -  Had samosas, masala chai , coconut water  to satisfy my ravenous stomach.
2.Ocean View Gifts and Book store - Brought  music CD's(one is temple made Devotional CD, the blissful music from David Newman and  Hand band(Kind of hobby and love to wear hand bands).

3.Visited the community building - Took darshan of Baba Hari Das(Guru will be available for drashan every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday's in Community Building) 
4. The lion Fountain - The elegant rocky water fountain where I experienced the tranquility of devotion and soothing sounds of flowing water

Traffic  Directions
For the newbie's there will be slight confusion if  followed through  GPS . A detailed info is given by Temple community for  driving directions.

In a nutshell my heart filled with pure bliss sensed with serenity. I recommend everybody to do  visit who are not aware of this wonderful place. Finally I thank Rupesh Shiramalla for recommending and arranging a plan to visit this place. Namaste..:)  

For more details about the temple


  1. చక్కని టపా అండీ! వాస్తవానికి మన భారతీయ సాంప్రదాయాల మీదా, ఆచార వ్యవహారాల మీదా విదేశీయులకే గౌరవం ఎక్కువ. మనం చెయ్యాలని చేస్తాం ఎందుకు చేస్తున్నామో కూడా మనలో చాలా మందికి తెలియదు. కానీ వారు అలా కాదు నేర్చుకుని చిత్త శుద్ధితో ఎందుకు చేస్తున్నాము? పరమార్థం ఏమిటి అని తెలుసుకుని చేస్తున్నారు కనుక అంత పారవశ్యం కనిపిస్తుంది అనిపిస్తుంది నాకయితే.

  2. @Rasagna Garu
    ఓపికగా చదివి స్పందించినందుకు మీకు థాంక్స్ అండి. మీరు చెప్పింది ముమ్మాటికి నిజం. మనం స్వార్ధం కోసం దేవుడిని ప్రార్దిస్తున్నాం(చివరికి నేను కూడా..:) కానీ నిజంగా మనసు నిశ్చలం చేసుకొని చిత్తశుద్ధితో చెయ్యట్లేదు. వాటి మూలాలు ఏంటో , భావాలూ ఏంటో తెల్సుకుంటలేము. నిన్నటి తరం అయిన కొంచెం పర్వాలేదు కానీ నేటి తరంలో మనం ఆచార వ్యవహార గౌరవలని మనమే బ్రస్తు పట్టిస్తున్నాం. కనీసం మీ లాంటి వారి వాళ్ళ కాస్తో కూస్తో సంప్రదాయాలు,పాత తరం వెలుగులు తెలుసుకుంటునం. మరొకసారి మీకు ధన్యవాదములు నా టపాని చిత్తశుద్ధితో చదివినందుకు...:) :)


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