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Top Hanuman Facts

Hanuman Facts

Top Hanuman Facts : Hindu Mythology
  • Hanuman is a Hindu god and an ardent devotee of the god Rama.
  • A vanara (Monkey) who participated in Rama's war against the demon king Ravana.
  • He is an incarnation of the god Shiva.
  • He is central character in the Hindu epic Ramayana and is also mentioned in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various puranas and some jain texts.
  • One legend is that Indra, the king of the gods, struck Hanuman's jaw during his childhood.
  • The child received his name from the Sanskrit words Hanu (Jaw) and Man (Disfigured).
  • Hanuman spent his childhood on an island called Hanuruha, which is the origin of his name.
  • He is the son of Anjana and Kesari, and is also described as the son of the wind god Vayu.
  • His mother Anjana was an Apsara and his father Kesari was the son of Brihaspati (Jupiter)
  • Brahma the creator has blessed him with power to induce fear in enemies.
  • Shiva the cosmic yogi has blessed him with scriptural wisdom.
  • Yama the lord of death has blessed him with immortality.
  • Vayu the wind god has blessed him with more speed than he himself had.
  • Surya the all knowing sun god has taught him.
In Ramayana
  • Hanuman brings about friendship and alliance between Rama and Sugriva
  • Sugriva and his vanaras, most notably Hanuman, help Rama defeat raavana and reunite with Sita.
After the Ramayana War
  • After the victory of Rama over Ravana, Hanuman went to the Himalayas.
  • There he scripted a version of the Ramayana on the Himalayan mountains using his nails, recording every detail of Rama's deeds.
  • Hanuman requested from Rama that he will remain on earth as long as Rama's name was venerated by people.
  • Thus, he is one of the Immortals of Hinduism.
In Mahabharata
  • Hanuman is considered brother of Bhima, on the basis of their having the same father, Vayu.
  • Hanuman is one of the four people to have heard the Bhagwad Gita directly from Krishna