🌍 Swaraj Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208020, India
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Inaugurated in January 1964, Panki Hanuman Temple is a very small temple on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur, near Panki Railway Station.
Within this temple resides the very wonderful and delightful Panki Hanuman-ji. It was said that during the bhandara feast held at the inauguration of this temple Maharajji was capable of feeding the whole city of Kanpur (current pop. approx. 50-lakh (5 million)).
A Mahasamadhi Bhandara is held here shortly after the mahasamadhi bhandara in Vrindavan. There are no accommodations here whatsoever at this time.
📖 An Excerpt from Premavatar
Maharajji wanted that along with the installation of Hanumanji in Panaki temple at Kanpur, a grand bhandara be arranged so that a large number of devotees may partake prasad.
But the management arranged food for a limited number of devotees. But it was Maharaji's lila.
According to the organizers, without anyone knowing the things in the bhandara increased so much (even the vegetable oil changed to pure ghee) that after thousands of people had taken prasad, the unused edibles were left in large quantity and the bhandara continued for two days more.
This was not a bhandara of the management and organizers, but was run by Babaji's will power.
Babaji did not attend the installation ceremony and had shut himself in a room in Allahabad instead, but many eye- witnesses say that he was seen near the temple supervising the arrangements; he even talked to many devotees.
Babaji Maharaj fulfilled the wishes of the suppliants by his divine powers and is still doing so as before; only faith is expected.
📖 Maharajji's Surprising Appearance at Panki
His goodness to his devotees also expressed itself in the way he would fulfill their fond expectations, trying to save them from disappointment. This was revealed during the opening ceremony of the temple in Panki, Kanpur.
Babaji was at Allahabad for his winter stay. Devotees coming from Kanpur requested him to bless the occasion by his presence, which he did not agree to do.
They went back feeling disappointed and sad that all their efforts had failed.On the day of the inauguration, Babaji finished his toilet, and changing his clothes early, went back to his room.
It was seven o'clock. He told me that he was not feeling well, covered himself with a blanket and asked me to bolt the doors, not allowing anybody to disturb him or enter his room. Hours passed, and the people waiting outside for darshan started speculating about his trouble. At twelve he opened his eyes, asked me about the time and said, "Oh, it has been five hours that I have been asleep, but such a nice sleep that I feel refreshed." The doors were opened, and people rushed in and had their darshan. Life began again as usual. The next day, Babaji was sitting in the hall surrounded by his devotees when a person came with a basket of ladoos - prasad from the inauguration ceremony of the Panki temple the day before. Being handed a basket, I was told that Babaji had been there in the morning, but at twelve he suddenly disappeared. "We searched for him, but he was not there, so we brought the prasad for him."
Mr. Jagati, an old devotee, asked, "What are you talking about? Babaji was here lying on his bed feeling unwell, and we were waiting for him outside. The door was opened at twelve and we all saw him. So how could he be at Panki when he was in his room all the time?" While they were all trying to convince each other, Babaji was sitting silently with his smile. This incident reveals so much about his invisible movements to fulfill the wishes and expectations of his devotees.
~An excerpt from Near and The Dear
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