A Brief History
The Sankaṭ Mochan Hanumān Temple was founded and built by Sri Baba Hari Dass and his students as a place of devotion and peace.
In 2001, some of Babaji’s long-time students returned from India with a beautiful Hanumān murti — a symbolic icon depicting a deity in Hindu culture.
When Babaji, a silent monk, saw the statue, he wrote on his chalkboard, “It needs a Temple.” He promptly walked to the existing ceremonial site for the Mount Madonna Center and drew out the location for the temple with his foot.
The process of planning and building began immediately and culminated in 2003 with the performance of the Prāna Pratishṭa ceremony of “establishing the breath” within the sacred image.
Located on the grounds of the Mount Madonna Center, an intentional community established in 1978 on 355 wooded acres, the Temple provides Ārati devotional services twice daily and Sindoor Pūja and Chālisā Pāṭh ceremonies every Tuesday before the full moon as well as other traditional Hindu ceremonies, musical and dance performances, yoga classes, and other learning opportunities.
The Temple serves a wide community which includes the resident volunteers and staff at the Center, the many members and friends of the Hanuman Fellowship who are inspired by the teachings and example of Babaji, and the thousands of Hanumān devotees who have made their way up the mountain to visit the Temple over the years.
The open air Temple and grounds await you on your path to Liberation.
Sri Baba Hari Dass
Baba Hari Dass is a Master Yogi and silent monk, who left his body in 2018. His life of discipline, devotion, service, and love continues to inspire people around the world.
Babaji, as he is affectionately called, was born near Almora, India in 1923, and lived in the US from 1971 until his death in 2018.
A Lifelong Example of Grace and Compassion
Babaji (Baba means “Father” and ji means “respected”), was first and foremost a Master Yogi, having practiced the disciplines of Yoga from childhood. His lifelong example of peacefulness encouraged the regular practice of his teachings.
Peace and Inner Silence
In 1952, at the age of 29, Babaji took a 12 year vow of silence. At its completion, he chose to continue this austerity because it brought him peace and inner silence. He remained silent for the next 66 years communicating through example and by writing on a small chalkboard.