Lord Hanuman has been worshipped by all devotees who wish to gain strength and courage in their lives. He is probably one of the most revered and celebrated figures in Hindu Mythology. Although most of us know quite a bit about his life, thanks to all the TV shows, there are still many things that we don’t really know about Bajrangbali. Some of these are:
Lord Hanuman was an incarnation of Lord Shiva and is considered to be a symbol of strength, perseverance, and devotion.
Anjana was a beautiful woman of Lord Brahma’s celestial palace court. She was cursed by a sage; that when she will fall in love her face would transform to that of a monkey’s. Hearing this, Lord Brahma thought of helping her and she took birth on Earth. Anjana then fell in love with King Kesari, also known as the monkey king and they got married. Anjana was a devotee of Lord Shiva, she continued with her penance to please the God. Lord Shiva was very impressed and in turn, she wished him to be her son so that she would be freed from the curse of the sage.
King Dashrath was performing havan after which the priest gave him kheer to feed all his wives. A portion of his eldest wife, Kaushlya, was snatched by a bird who flew to where Anjana was meditating. Lord Vayu or Pawan, kept the kheer in Anjana’s hand as told by Lord Shiva. Thinking that it was given by Lord Shiva, Anjana ate it and thus gave birth to his incarnation- the son of the Lord of the Winds, Pawan Putra Hanuman.
He put Sindoor all over his body for Lord Rama’s long life
Lord Hanuman was the greatest devotee of Lord Rama. In an incident, Hanuman saw Sita applying sindoor on her forehead, on asking that why she does that she replied that it is for Lord Rama’s long life and to show her unconditional love and devotion. On hearing this, Lord Hanuman covered his entire body with sindoor to prove his love for Lord Rama.
Though he was a Brahmachari, Lord Hanuman has a son
Hanuman had a son Makardhwaja, who was born to a fish. After burning Lanka with his tail, he stopped to cool off his tail in the sea. A fish then swallowed a drop of his sweat and thus Makardhwaja was conceived.
Lord Hanuman had created his version of the Ramayana
After the war at Lanka, Hanuman went to Himalaya for continuing his service to Lord Rama. It is there when Hanuman carved his version of Ramayana on the stone walls of the Himalayas with his nails.
When Maharishi Valmiki visited Lord Hanuman, he was sad to see such a superior version of the Ramayana created by Hanuman, even better than his own. Seeing this, Lord Hanuman discarded his own.
There are 108 names for Lord Hanuman
There are 108 different names for Lord Hanuman in the Sanskrit language. Some of these are Maruti, Anjaneya, Bajrangbali, Deenabandhave, Kalanabha, Mahadhyuta, Manojavaya, Mahatapase, Mahavira, Pragnya, Parijata, Parayantra, Ramabhakta, Sarvagraha, Vagmine, and Yogini to name a few.