Hanol - Mahasu Devta Temple
Hanol is a popular village on the banks of Tons river in Chakrata. Hanol is named after the Brahmin Huna Bhatt. Surrounded by the lush green hills, Hanol has a scenic location and a tourist spot near Chakrata. But Hanol is more famous for the Mahasu Devta Temple. Visitors and devotees from far away places visit Mahasu Devta Temple for blessings.
Hanol - Mahasu Devta Temple History
According to Hindu mythology, Mandarth a demon used to reside in this village who used to gobble one many every day. As the villagers were troubled, a devotee of Lord Shiva then asked for help and prayed to the lord for seeking help. Lord Shiva then asked Deolari Devi, a devotee of Lord Shiva and resident of the same village to send her all four sons to Mandrath. A fierce battle encountered between them, which lasted for a couple of days and at last, the four brothers, managed to kill the demon. After a couple of years, a villager while ploughing his field found the four Shivalingas which were named after the four brave sons of Deolari Devi-Botha, Pavasik, Vasik and Chalda. Since then, the villagers started worshiping Lord Shiva as Mahasu Devta here. Temple of Botha Mahasu is the main shrine that is located in Hanol.
Mahasu Devta Temple - Lord Mahasu
Mahasu Devta or Lord Mahasu is regarded as God of Justice and his decision was believed to be acceptable by people and local rulers. Mahasu devta Temple was built in 9th century in Huna architectural style. Later on it got a mixed style of architecture. Now Archaeological Survey of India takes care of the temple.
Mahasu Devta Festival & Fair
A five day long festival, Shaant Festival was held between 22 May 2014 and 26 May 2004. Shaant Festival ceremonies included sacrifices of large number of animals. But Pandits of the ceremony later on decides to stop the sacrificing animals any further and allow entry of ladies in the Mahasu Devta Temple. Now Mahasu Devta Fair is held in the month of August every year. This fair is continued for three days and night. Devotees from far away places attend this fair.
A GMVN guest house is located at Hanol for tourists. Visitors may also stay in rooms available in the temple premises.
How To Reach Hanol Chakrata
Hanol is located at 95 kms from Chakrata via Tuini. One can reach here by bus or by hiring taxi from either Chakrata or Dehradun. Nearest rail head to reach Hanol is Dehradun Railway Station (181 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport (207 kms). It takes 4 hours from Chakrata and 6 hours from Dehradun to reach Hanol.