Sri Bhadra Hanuman, (reclining posture), Lonar5 June 2021
There are only three shrines of Lord Hanuman where He is in reclining form. One is at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, another at Jam Sawali in Madhya Pradesh and a third one here at Lonar, Maharashtra.
Legend has it that King Bhadrasena, who ruled Bhadravati region was singing Rama bhajans, being an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Rama. When Lord Hanuman was passing by here, He stayed back to listen Rama’s hymns and laid back mesmerised by the songs.
The King was pleasantly surprised to see Lord Hanuman reclining and prayed to Him to remain here and bless devotees. The idol of Lord Hanuman is made of a single rock which is said to be a splinter of a meteor that created a crater nearby and has mystical, magnetic effects.
One can see Lord Shani below Lord Hanuman’s left leg, holding the tail of Lord Hanuman with his right arm under His head and left hand on his stomach – which is a favoured position for Yoga Nidra.
The temple is managed by the Kanitkar family who belong to this region as well.