is a conspicuous figure in the Ramayana, known as the monkey
chief of divine origin. He is supreme devotee of Sri Rama.
His mother was Anjana, so he is called Anjaniputra. His
father was “ the wind” Pavana, so he is also
called Pavanaputra. Hanuman is believed to possess immense
strength, hence he is the favorite deity of wrestlers and
body-builders. He is also worshipped by as a celibate, as
one who has mastered sense organs.
hanuman is an embodiment of devotion. His devotion to Sri
Rama allowed him to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.
He jumped from southern tip of India to Sri Lanka. Ravana’s
men set his tail on fire, but with it he burned down the
capital city of Lanka. He flew to the Himalayas and carried
the mountain that contained sanjivani herbs, which helped
heal Laksmana’s wounds.
He is most commonly represented as standing with feet planted
firmly apart, with mace aloft in one hand and sanjeevani
, the mountain of magical herbs in the other. Tuesdays and
Saturdays are most important days for hanuman worship.
hanuman is prayed for strength and devotion. Daily prayers
end with a song of praise of lord hanuman.