Girjabandh temple in the Ratanpur district of the state, is a small temple where Lord Hanuman is worshipped as a female.
Although Lord Hanuman was known for his celibacy.
So, it may surprise you that there is a temple in the country where his male form is worshipped instead of his more commonly venerated female form.
This unique temple is near Bilaspur, and interestingly, the tradition of worshipping Hanuman ji in his female form dates back ten thousand years.
The Girjabandh temple, where Lord Hanuman is worshipped in his female form, is situated about 25 km away from Bilaspur.
This temple is also known as Mahamaya Nagari, owing to the presence of the Mahamaya Devi and Hanuman ji temples in Girjabandh.
The idol of Lord Hanuman is adorned with eight ornaments and features Lord Ram seated on his left shoulder and Lakshman ji seated on his right shoulder.
Additionally, the idol’s left foot is said to be resting on Ahiravan, while the right foot rests on a butcher.
Best Time To Visit Girjabandh temple
The Temple region in and around Ratanpur experiences hot summers.
And hence you should avoid visiting it during the summer season.
The best time to visit Ratanpur is from October until the end of March.
During this period, the temperature conditions are favorable and the weather is cool and pleasant.
The History And Formation of Girjabandh temple
The Hanuman Temple is at Girjabandh in the Ratanpur district of Chhattisgarh.
As per local legends, it is said that the temple was built by Prithvi Devju, a local king who was suffering from leprosy after he saw Lord Hanuman instructing him to build a temple in a dream.
As he was his ardent devotee, he vowed to build a temple dedicated to his lord.
When the construction of the temple was about to be completed.
Lord Hanuman appeared in his dream again and asked him to bring an idol from the nearby Mahamaya Kund and install it inside the temple.
But when he reached the place and searched for the idol, he found it in a female form.
Being a devotee, he came back with that female idol of Lord Hanuman and kept it inside the temple.
Soon he was cured of leprosy.
Since then, the temple has been there and is visited by hundreds of locals every year.
How To Reach Girjabandh temple Ratanpur
The nearest airport to Ratanpur is in Raipur at a distance of about 140 km.
From the airport, you can hire a direct cab to Ratanpur or catch a bus to Bilaspur.
It will take you an approximate time of 4 h 30 min to reach Ratanpur from the airport.
The best way to reach Ratanpur by rail.
By taking a direct train to Bilaspur, which is at a distance of about 25 km.
From the station, you can hire a direct cab or catch a public vehicle to reach your destination.
Ratanpur has good road connectivity to all other cities and towns. Hence, it is easily accessible by road.