Hanuman Temple located at Pangari in Beed district of Maharashtra is one of the oldest temples in India. The temple history is 300 years old or possibly earlier. It is located at Pangari which is also known as Marutichi. In Local language, Maruthichi translates as "something that belongs to Maruti or Hanuman. The temple houses the stone idol of Lord Hanuman.
Temple History and Temple Legend
The temple was built during the 18th century CE. There are two folklores behind the origin of this temple.
As per the folklore, around the 16th century, a great devotee of Lord Hanuman lived in Balaghat Mountain of Maharashtra. Lord Hanuman blessed this devotee and asked him to make any wish. The devotee pleaded with Lord Hanuman to come to his village and stay there forever, bestowing blessings upon his village and devotees. Lord Hanuman agreed on a condition that he will follow his devotee and the devotee must not look back to see whether Lord Hanuman was behind him. Lord Hanuman warned that if the devotee looked back, Lord Hanuman would assume the form of a small stone idol and would not move further. The devotee agreed, and they started the journey toward his village. They reached a dense forest of Cactus and Pangara. After traveling such a long distance, the devotee's doubts overcame his trust, and he looked back. Hence, Lord Hanuman refused to move further and took a form of a stone idol. The devotee was disappointed. He called upon his villagers to relocate there. A new village was formed and named Pangari. The village is recognized as Pangari (Marutichi), abbreviated as 'Pangari (Ma)', which means that Pangari belongs to Lord Maruti.
According to another legend, the idol of Lord Hanuman was located at the village Savargaon, which is 8 km away from Pangari. A farmer of Pangari once visited Savargaon. On his way back to Pangari, the idol stone got stuck within the hoof of his bullock. The farmer was unaware of this until he reached the site of the temple. At this point, the idol began to speak to the farmer, saying that the bullock's hoof was causing it pain. The idol requested the farmer to remove it out of the hoof and establish a temple there. The farmer followed the instructions. Later he convinced the villagers to build a small temple.
Festivals and Celebrations
The festival of Hanuman Jayanti, Ram Navami, Dussehra, and Diwali are celebrated with great devotion in this temple.
How To Reach
By Road: The temple is located close to Beed-Ahmednagar road, approximately 45 km from the Beed district towards Ahmednagar. Regular buses and private vehicles are available to reach the temple.
By Train: The nearest rail-head is is Kalamb Road.
By Air: Chikkalthana is the nearby airport. Beed is 111 km away from Chikkalthana Airport.