62 Facts About Lord Hanuman


Lord Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Rama and one of the chiranjivis.

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Lord Hanuman is son of the wind-god Vayu, who in several stories played a direct role in Lord Hanuman's birth.

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Lord Hanuman is mentioned in several other texts, such as the epic Mahabharata and the various Puranas.

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Evidence of devotional worship to Lord Hanuman is largely absent in these texts, as well as in most archeological sites.

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Lutgendorf writes that the skills in Lord Hanuman's resume seem to derive in part from his windy patrimony, reflecting Vayu's role in both body and cosmos.

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Lord Hanuman is viewed as the ideal combination of "strength, heroic initiative and assertive excellence" and "loving, emotional devotion to his personal god Rama", as Shakti and Bhakti.

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Lord Hanuman is considered to be a bachelor and an exemplary celibate.

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Lord Hanuman combines two of the most cherished traits in the Hindu bhakti-shakti worship traditions: "heroic, strong, assertive excellence" and "loving, emotional devotion to personal God".

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Orientalist F E Pargiter theorized that Hanuman was a proto-Dravidian deity.

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Lord Hanuman is mentioned as an avatar of Rudra in few medieval-era Sanskrit texts.

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Lutgendorf writes, "Other skills in Lord Hanuman's resume seem to derive in part from his windy patrimony, reflecting Vayu's role in both body and cosmos".

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Lord Hanuman emerged as a champion of those religiously persecuted, expressing resistance, a yogi, an inspiration for martial artists and warriors, a character with less fur and increasingly human, symbolizing cherished virtues and internal values, and worthy of devotion in his own right.

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Lord Hanuman is called the son of the deity Vayu because of legends associated with Vayu's role in Lord Hanuman's birth.

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Some time after this event, Lord Hanuman begins using his supernatural powers on innocent bystanders as simple pranks, until one day he pranks a meditating sage.

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However, Jambavan knows from prior events that Lord Hanuman used to be able to do such a feat with ease, and lifts his curse.

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Lord Hanuman is said to have transformed into the size of mountain, and flew across the narrow channel to Lanka.

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Lord Hanuman reveals that Ravana kidnapped her and is forcing her to marry him soon.

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Lord Hanuman offers to rescue her but Sita refuses, stating that her husband must do it.

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Lord Hanuman was the only one who could make the journey so quickly, and was thus sent to the mountain.

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Lord Hanuman replied that rather than needing a gift to remember Rama, he would always be in his heart.

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Some court officials, still upset, asked him for proof, and Lord Hanuman tore open his chest, which had an image of Rama and Sita on his heart.

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Now proven as a true devotee, Rama cured him and blessed him with immortality, but Lord Hanuman refused this and asked only for a place at Rama's feet to worship him.

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Bhima encountered Lord Hanuman lying on the ground in the shape of a feeble old monkey.

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Lord Hanuman revealed himself, much to Bhima's surprise, and the brothers embraced.

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Lord Hanuman prophesied that Bhima would soon be a part of a terrible war, and promised Bhima that he would sit on the flag of his brother Arjuna's chariot and shout a battle cry for Bhima that would weaken the hearts of his enemies.

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Content, Lord Hanuman left his brother to his search, and after that prophesied war, would not be seen again until early 1600s.

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Lord Hanuman meets Rama in the last year of the latter's 14-year exile, after the demon king Ravana had kidnapped Sita.

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Lord Hanuman claimed to have visions where he met face to face with Hanuman.

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Lord Hanuman was an adherent devotee of Devi and Ravana convinced him to sacrifice the valiant fighters of Ayodhya to the goddess, to which Mahiravana agreed.

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On his journey, he met Makardhwaja who claimed of being Lord Hanuman's son, being born from his sweat which was consumed by a Makara.

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Lord Hanuman then shrunk his size to that of a bee and went towards the huge idol of Maha-Kali.

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Lord Hanuman asked her to let him save Rama, and the fierce mother goddess agreed as Hanuman took her place while she slipped below.

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Lord Hanuman later took Shri Rama and Lakshmana on his shoulders and as he flew outside Shri Rama saw Makardhwaja tied with his tail.

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Lord Hanuman immediately ordered Hanuman to crown him the King of Patala.

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Also, in the Tibetan version, novel elements appear such as Lord Hanuman carrying love letters between Rama and Sita, in addition to the Hindu version wherein Rama sends the wedding ring with him as a message to Sita.

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Further, in the Tibetan version, Rama chides Lord Hanuman for not corresponding with him through letters more often, implying that the monkey-messenger and warrior is a learned being who can read and write.

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Lord Hanuman goes to Lanka on Rama's behalf, but is unable to convince Ravana to give up Sita.

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The Sikh texts such as Lord Hanuman Natak composed by Hirda Ram Bhalla, and Das Gur Katha by Kavi Kankan describe the heroic deeds of Lord Hanuman.

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Lord Hanuman became more important in the medieval period and came to be portrayed as the ideal devotee of Rama.

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Lord Hanuman's prominence grew after the arrival of Islamic rule in the Indian subcontinent.

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Lord Hanuman is viewed as the ideal combination of shakti and bhakti.

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Lord Hanuman is stated to be a gifted grammarian, meditating yogi and diligent scholar.

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In 17th-century north and western regions of India, Lord Hanuman emerged as an expression of resistance and dedication against Islamic persecution.

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Lord Hanuman is typically shown with Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, near or in Vaishnavism temples, as well as by himself usually opening his chest to symbolically show images of Rama and Sita near his heart.

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Lord Hanuman is shown carrying a saffron flag in service of the Goddess Durga along with Bhairava.

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Lord Hanuman is often worshipped along with Rama and Sita of Vaishnavism, and sometimes independently of them.

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Lutgendorf writes, "Other skills in Lord Hanuman's resume seem to derive in part from his windy patrimony, reflecting Vayu's role in both body and cosmos".

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Lord Hanuman is a central character in the annual Ramlila celebrations in India, and seasonal dramatic arts in southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand; and Bali and Java, Indonesia.

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Lord Hanuman is featured in many parts of the folk-enacted play of the legendary war between Good and Evil, with the celebrations climaxing in the Dussehra night festivities where the giant grotesque effigies of Evil such as of demon Ravana are burnt, typically with fireworks.

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Lord Hanuman is a revered heroic figure in Khmer history in southeast Asia.

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Lord Hanuman is the central character in many of the historic dance and drama art works such as Wayang Wong found in Javanese culture, Indonesia.

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Lord Hanuman gave birth to a baby monkey with white hair, while herself again had a beautiful face and was taken to heaven as an angel.

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Lord Hanuman managed to capture the spirit of Ravana and imprisoned him in Mount Kendalisada.

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Lord Hanuman was credited with finding Yudhisthira's lost heirloom named Kalimasada.

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In that war, Lord Hanuman died, moksha with his body, while Yaksadewa returned to his original form, namely Batara Kala, the god of death.

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Lord Hanuman plays a significantly more prominent role in the Ramakien.

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Lord Hanuman is depicted as wearing a crown on his head and armor.

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Lord Hanuman is depicted as an albino white, strong character with open mouth in action, sometimes shown carrying a trident.

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Lord Hanuman is the mascot of the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

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However, once Lord Hanuman was flying above the seas to go to Lanka, a drop of his sweat fell in the mouth of a crocodile, which eventually turned into a baby.

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One day, Lord Hanuman, when going to save Rama and Lakshmana from Ahiravana, faced Makardhwaja and defeated him combat.

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Lord Hanuman was referenced in the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Black Panther, which is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda; the "Lord Hanuman" reference was removed from the film in screenings in India.

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