Lord Hanuman is a
supreme devotee of Sri Rama. He is an extremely intimate deity. Lord Hanuman is
of Pawan (air) and Anjani (the woman of highly spiritual nature). He is
worshipped for his strength, agility and valor. He is also known as Anjaneya,
Anjali Putra, Bajarangabali, Hanuman, Mahaveer, Maruti, Pavanputra etc. He is
considered to be an avatar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva. Hanuman, a great devotee
of Sri Rama, is the symbol of devotion and dedication.
As an unmarried, celibate god, he is especially popular with
body-builders, who believe that like him, one needs to be celibate in order to
have a strong body. Sri Hanuman was blessed by Sri Rama with immortality (chiranjeevi).
Every temple of Sri Rama contains an idol of Hanuman. Worship of Sri Rama is
complete only with the worship of Hanuman.
Hanuman Jayanti is
celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the monkey god widely venerated
throughout India. It is celebrated during Chaitra.
Lord Hanuman is
a Great Jnani
Once Hanuman was asked
by Sri Rama, “How do you think of me?” Hanuman said:
“Oh Lord, while I identify myself with my body, I am Thy servant. When I consider myself an individual soul, I am Thy part. But when I look upon myself as the spirit, I am one with Thee. This is my firm conviction.”
Lord Hanuman is
a Great Devotee
Once when Sita
Mataji was applying sindoora to her hair, Sri Hanuman asked her the reason for
doing so. She replied that by applying sindoora, she ensured a long life for her
husband. The more sindoora she applied, the longer Rama's life would be. The
devoted Hanuman then smeared his entire body with sindoora, in an effort to
ensure Rama's immortality.
There are many more
such incidences in Sri Hanuman’s life that shows his supreme devotion for Lord
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