Lucknow is getting ready for the ‘Bada Mangal’ festival – Check out the details here

Interestingly enough, the festival was only celebrated in Lucknow but is now being held in other parts of the state as well. This year, Bada Mangal falls on May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

According to popular legend, the tradition was started by Janab-e-Alia, the Hindu wife of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah, in the late 18th century.

“The Begum could not conceive and someone told her to pray at the Hanuman Temple in Aliganj. She obeyed and was blessed with a son. She dreamed of a divine entity who commanded her to build a Hanuman Temple, so let they renovated the old temple and a new one was built and so the Bada Mangal celebration and fair began – a tradition that continues to this day,” said Rajesh Pandey, secretary of the Aliganj Shri Mahaveerji Trust (Naya Hanuman Mandir).

Devotees visiting Naya Aliganj Mandir will be able to see the renovated structure of the temple.

“For the first time, women are allowed to enter the temple through the main gate. In addition, the sanctum sanctorum is embellished with silver. The Bhandara (community festival) will continue throughout the day and a variety of foods will be distributed among the devotees,” said Pandey.

At Hanumant Dham, people will hear the Agnihotri brothers reciting the Sunderkand on May 9.

“This year we are replacing the disposable plates with clay pots to support the environment,” said temple priest Mahant Ramsewak Das.

Various provisions have been made for devotees at Hanuman Setu Temple.

“We have provided an air-cooled tent from the parking lot to the central hall. However, the entrance from the main gate remains closed and a prasad of boondi laddoos will be distributed among the devotees,” said temple trust secretary Diwaker. Tripathi.

Devotees who visit the ‘Lete Hue Hanuman Mandir’ at Bada Mangal in traditional clothes are given the opportunity to offer ‘sindoor’.

A team from ISKCON will perform during the festivities, as Hanuman is considered a music lover, said Vivek Tangdi, president of the temple trust.

“Each Bada Mangal will be offered a 5.25 kg laddoo as bhog. In addition, sermons on various aspects of social life will be part of satsang,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lucknow Police has issued guidelines ahead of Bada Mangal to streamline traffic and maintain cleanliness.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central, Aparna Rajat Kaushik said that permission must be sought in advance for organizing ‘bhandaras’. “This is a must for the smooth flow of traffic. Article 144 has also been imposed in the city,” she said.

Devotees who want to hold ‘bhandaras’ must have volunteers to ensure that vehicles are parked properly. Moreover, they will also be required to clean the place after the ‘bhandara’ is over. “Strong action will be taken against organizers if they fail to comply with the guidelines,” the DCP added.

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