Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

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Nomenclature

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🙏🏻🙏🏻

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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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