History of Bhadra Maruti Temple, Khuldabad
There are several stories attached to the temple. One legend states that during the era of Ramayana when Lord Hanuman set to get Sanjeevani booti for Lakshmana, this is the place where he rested for some time and graced it with his presence. This is the reason why the idol in the temple is in a reclining position.
Another legend states that Bhadra Maruti Temple has been since the Tratayug. In the early times the area of Khuldabad was popular by the name Bhadravati. Bhadrasena, the king who ruled the area of Bhadravati was a follower of Lord Rama. He used to sing hymns in praise of Lord Rama. Hearing his praise and hymns, Lord Hanuman came down to the place and hearing the hymns unknowingly took a resting position known as the Bhava Samadhi. After finishing his hymn the king saw Lord Hanuman and pleaded him to stay in the place and bless him and other devotees of Lord Rama.
After the area came under the rule of Aurangzeb it was named Khuldabad. The temple was completely destroyed during that time. Again in 1966, the statue of Bhadra Hanuma was found by Shri Narayangiri Maharaj and with support from locals the temple was rebuilt. Later in 1991, the temple was expanded and built lavishly by the Shri Bhadra Maruti Sansthan.
Architecture and Surroundings of Bhadra Maruti Temple, Khuldabad
The temple is built in traditional style. The interior of the temple is made of marble and the ceiling is designed beautifully with floral motifs and hymns are written all over the interiors of the temple. The figurine of Lord Hanuman is covered with an orange cloth and decorated with a garland made of banyan leaves. One of the must buy items around the temple is the Kandi Pedas, a famous sweet. These pedas are freshly prepared every day and are quite delicious.
Outside the temple there are several stalls selling sweets, lowers, incense sticks and several puja items. Devotees can buy offerings from these stalls and hand it over to the priest who conducts pujas. The temple committee has made arrangements for devotees to stay. There is a well-maintained guest house where devotees can stay overnight to attend the early morning prayers and rituals.