Lord Hanuman is considered to be one of the most popular and beloved god deities in Hindu mythology, and he is also known as the “Lord of the Winds.” We all know about Lord Hanuman’s strength, bravery, enormous commitment, and love for Lord Rama, yet there are still many aspects that we don’t completely understand about him, like the following:
Hanuman was an incarnation of Lord Shiva who is revered as a symbol of strength, dedication, and endurance. He is thought to be the embodiment of these qualities.
Lord Hanuman was a tremendous devotee of Lord Rama, and he was extremely dedicated to him. One specific incidence occurred when Sita placed sindoor on her forehead and Hanuman inquired as to why she did so.
She responded by saying that, as the wife and companion of Lord Rama, the sindoor was a symbol of her unwavering love and respect for him. Hanuman then draped the sindoor over his whole body in order to demonstrate his devotion to Lord Rama. The term ‘Hanuman’ is derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘disfigured jaw.’ In Sanskrit, the words ‘Hanu’ and ‘Man’ imply ‘Jaw’ and ‘Disfigured’, respectively.
Lord Indra had used his vajra (thunderbolt) on Anjaneya, who saw the sun as a ripened mango and even went so far as to trace the sun’s path up into the heavens with his finger. It was from up in the sky that Lord Indra summoned his vajra, which he used to launch Hanuman straight down to the Earth, permanently injuring his jaw.
Lord Hanuman was a brahmachari, but he had a son named Makardhwaja, who was also a brahmachari. The legend says that Hanuman’s son Makardhwaja was born to a huge fish of the same name when he dipped his body into the sea to cool himself after scorching the whole kingdom of Lanka with his tail. It is stated that his perspiration was ingested by the fish, which resulted in the conception of Makardhwaja.
Hanuman also came up with his own version of the Ramayan. With his nails, Hanuman engraved his version of Ram’s story on the walls of the Himalayas after the fight with Lanka. As part of his ongoing devotion to Lord Ram, Hanuman traveled to the Himalayas in order to continue his veneration of Lord Ram.
It was when Maharshi Valmiki went to Hanuman to present his version of the Ramayana that he spotted the walls and became depressed. Valmiki assumed that Hanuman’s Ramayana was greater and that his own, painstakingly constructed version of the Ramayana would go undetected. Hanuman became aware of this and rejected his original version.
It is believed that Lord Bhima was related as a brother to Lord Hanuman. He was also the son of Vayu, as was Bhima (the Lord of the Winds). A monkey napping with his tail crossed the way of Bhima’s hunt for a flower for his wife one day as he was looking for a particular bloom. He requested that he move his tail.
However, the monkey refused to do so and instead requested that Bhima relocate it. Bhima attempted to move or raise the tail but was unable. When he learned that he was none other than Hanuman, he was overjoyed. He lied to Bhima just for the purpose of lowering his arrogance.
When Lord Rama made the decision to depart from his earthly life in order to go to Vaikuntha (the celestial abode of Lord Vishnu), he was well aware that Hanuman, who was a devout devotee, would not allow him to do so. As a result, he commanded Hanuman to locate his ring, which had been dropped on the ground and subsequently vanished into the Patal Loka.
Hanuman set off on his quest to locate the ring and came face to face with the King of Spirits. He informed him that the dropping of the ring signaled the end of Lord Ram’s avatar and the beginning of the end of the world.
Lord Hanuman once turned down a gift from Goddess Sita. When Sita presented Hanuman with a lovely pearl necklace as a gift, he gently denied it, stating that he does not accept anything that does not include the name of Ram. To demonstrate his point, the enthusiastic disciple then took off his shirt, revealing an image of the two of them on the inside.
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