Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

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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.

Hanuman combines two of the most cherished traits in the Hindu bhaktishakti worship traditions: “heroic, strong, assertive excellence” and “loving, emotional devotion to personal God”.

Linguistic variations of “Hanuman” include Hanumat, Anuman (Tamil), Hanumantha (Kannada), Hanumanthudu (Telugu). Other names include:

  • 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)[19]
  • 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🙏🏻🙏🏻

Published by Anita Vij

A caring mother of 2. A loving wife. An aspiring individual who wishes to share her life-long learnings with the rest of the world.

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