It is not a rare sight to spot temples in India; you can spot one in every nook and corner! But have you ever been to a temple run by the Indian army? A temple which has the priests in army uniform? Travel to the temple run by the Indian army - Hanuman tok temple in Gangtok, Sikkim. This temple amidst the clouds is undoubtedly one of the most unusual and strange temples in India!
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A temple run by the Indian army on cloud nine !
Hanuman tok temple in Gangtok is a temple run by the Indian army which attracts people from all over the world for its scenic backdrop! Set amidst clouds on the upper reaches of Gangtok, this temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is maintained by Indian army. Tourists here are received by multi-faith 'priests' in army uniform with a 'duty above faith' philosophy.
At 7,200 feet, this temple with a north-eastern architectural flavour offers breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world! Hanuman tok houses a red idol of the deity worshipped.
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The legend behind Hanuman tok !
Legends say that Lord Hanuman rested at this spot while taking 'Sanjeevani', the life-saving herb, from the Himalayas to save Lord Lakshmana. Before the temple came up on in the 1950s, local people worshipped a stone idol.
Soldiers belonging to Christian, Muslim and other communities are also deployed here as priests and greets visitors with tilak in the sanctum sanctorum, placing Nationalism above their religious beliefs! The temple is frequented by people from other religions as well.
Travel to this one among the most unusual and strange temples in India for an unique blend of spell binding beauty and deep patriotism! The majestic backdrop of the temple makes Hanuman tok temple in Gangtok a perpetual schedule in the itinerary of tour operators. Panoramic views of Kanchenjunga and the neighbouring peaks is a relishing experience!
A travel to Hanuman tok temple in Gangtok is certainly going to be an unique experience. Happy travelling to this temple run by the mighty Indian army :)