Muslim women chanting Hanuman Chalisa in Jhandewalan temple, New Delhi.. Yes its true that Muslim women are chanting Hanuman Chalisa in famous Jhandewalan temple at the National capital.
the chanting of the couplets and offering of prayers by Muslim women from Varanasi and Delhi, who had also put red or green brocade chunni over their veils, was a sight that drew a lot of attention from the devotees and visitors present in the temple of Maa Aadi Shakti at Jhandewalan.
This initiative of chanting the Chalisa started after the series of bomb blasts at Sankat Mochan Temple, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Varanasi Cantonment railway station in 2006, when a group of Muslim women led by Nazneen defied social and family pressure, and chanted Hanuman Chalisa at Sanka Mochan Temple in Varanasi to ward-off growing communal tension. And, over the years more than 35,000 women have joined the group.
The women’s group, after offering prayer and chanting the Chalisa, took a parikrama (circumambulation) of the Jhandewala temple. They also sang a prayer in Urdu scripted by Nazneen Ansari.
Jhandewalan temple is Hindu temple near Karol Bagh, Delhi, India dedicated to the goddess Aadi Shakti. It is a popular attraction for the faithful.
The lower level of the temple is where people perform Puja. The upper level of the temple has the idol of Mata Jhandewali with the idol of Saraswati and Kali. There are also idols of other Gods on the upper level.
The festival of Navaratri is held twice a year at the temple. Jhandewalimata’s Aarti is done 4 times in a day.