YOU MUST KNOW #17
The meaning or origin of the word “Hanuman” is unclear. In the Hindu pantheon, deities typically have many synonymous names, each based on some noble characteristic, attribute, or reminder of a mythical deed achieved by that deity.
One interpretation of “Hanuman” is “one having a disfigured jaw”. This version is supported by a Puranic legend wherein infant Hanuman mistakes the Sun for a fruit, heroically attempts to reach it, and is wounded in the jaw for his attempt.
- Anjaneya,Anjaniputra (Kannada), Anjaneyar (Tamil), Anjaneyudu (Telugu), Anjanisuta all meaning “the son of Anjana“
- Kesari Nandana or Kesarisuta, based on his father, which means “son of Kesari“
- Vayuputra/ Pavanputra : the son of the Vayu deva- Wind god.
- Vajrang Bali/Bajrang Bali, “the strong one (Bali), who had limbs (anga) as hard or as tough as vajra (diamond)”; this name is widely used in rural North IndiaSankata Mochana, “the remover of dangers, hardships, or hurdles” (sankata)
- Māruti, “son of Maruta” (another name of Vayu deva)
- Kapeeshwara, “lord of monkeys”
- Rama Doota, “the messenger (doota) of Lord Rama“
- Mahakaya, gigantic”
- Vira, Mahavira, “most valiant”
- Mahabala/Mahabali, “the strongest one”
- Panchavaktra, “five-faced”
- Mukhya Prana Devaru, “Primordial Life Giver” (more prominent amongst followers of Dvaita, such as Madhwas)
Jai Bajrang Bali Ji🙏🏻🙏🏻