Vishnuprayag, Badrinath, Uttarakhand
Hanuman chatti is a temple dedicated to lord Hanuman, located near Vishnuprayag, on Badrinath highway, It is also said that the Pandavas, the heroes of the Indian epic Mahabharata, meet imortal loard Hanuman at this place during their exile. It is also known for its association with a famous incident from the Mahabharata about breaking the ego of Bhim by Lord Hanuman.
The Mahabharata Story of Hanuman Chatti:
According to the Mahabharata, during the Pandavas' exile, they embarked on a challenging journey through the Himalayas in search of divine weapons. Bhim, one of the Pandava brothers known for his immense strength and pride, came across a massive and seemingly immovable tail of a monkey blocking their path. Bhim, full of arrogance, asked the monkey to move its tail, thinking it would be an easy task.
In response, the monkey, who was none other than Lord Hanuman in disguise, calmly replied that he was too old and weak to move and suggested that Bhim do it himself if he could. Bhim, despite using all his strength and attempting various tactics, failed to move the monkey's tail even an inch.
As Bhim struggled, Lord Hanuman revealed his true form, towering in size, and Bhim realized that he had been humbled by the divine monkey god. Hanuman told Bhim about his destiny and the Pandavas' future, reassuring them that they were on the right path.
This encounter at Hanuman Chatti became a significant lesson for Bhim, teaching him humility and reminding him of the strength and divinity that exists beyond the physical world.