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Monkey-God Hanuman

Jhandewalan Metro Stop
Near the Jhandewalan metro stop, on the westbound line to Dwarka, a statue of the valiant monkey-god Hanuman towers over the elevated train, which bisects the statue at its waist. The Hindu monkey deity stands in all his glory — albeit behind an elevated rapid-transit track and next to a billboard.
If you are on a metro on the Blue Line route towards Dwarka, the very next station after Karol Bagh announces itself a huge statue of Lord Hanuman suddenly appears on the left hand side of the train bewildering you and unless you are lost in a book or playing games on your iPad, you simply cannot miss it. This particular Hanuman Mandir is very close to the Jhandewalan metro station and unlike other famous historic temples such as Jhandewalan Mata Mandir, Kalkaji Mandir or the Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place (CP) it is not that old as it was built in 1997 to be precise.
But its strategic location on the metro route, its gigantic size rising 108 ft above the railway tracks & its popularity with the residents tourists alike has made it an iconic symbol of Delhi. Nowadays many posters depicting the city carry images of this huge statue as a symbol of the city. Visitors travellers out of curiosity want to take a closer look at the statue like to know more about the reason for placing it so close to the metro track, as the idol seems to almost brush against the overhead track. The Jhandewalan Mata Mandir devotees also make it a stopover on their way to the shrine of the Goddess. This has made this Hanuman Mandir very popular.
When you roll past the huge statue sitting in a metro, it seems as if the tracks train are at the midriff level of the idol, bisecting it in half. The statue itself besides its mind-boggling size, offers not much by way of an artistic perspective, but just looks imposing. The pinkish hue of the statue looks a little peculiar; a more body-toned colour could have made it more natural however the above observation is not meant to be offensive or insulting in any sense, but looked at purely from an artists eyes. In the end, faith triumphs above everything this Hanuman Mandir is not lacking in it by any means.