Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

YOU MUST KNOW #22 Birth According to Hindu legends, Hanuman was born to mother Anjana and father Kesari. Hanuman is also called the son of the deity Vayu (Wind God) because of legends associated with Vayu’s role in Hanuman’s birth.  One story mentioned in Eknath‘s Bhavartha Ramayana (16th century CE) states that when Anjana wasContinue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

True Stories of Lord Shani Dev#1

Jai Shani Dev Shani is one of the Navagrahas (Nine Planets) which are the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology. Shaneeshvara is the Lord of Saturday; the word “Shani” also denotes the seventh day, or Saturday in most Indian languages.  The origin of the name Shani comes from the phrase “Shanaye Krama”, the oneContinue reading True Stories of Lord Shani Dev#1

Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

YOU MUST KNOW #21 Late medieval and modern era In Valmiki’s Ramayana, estimated to have been composed before or in about the 3rd century BCE. Hanuman is an important, creative character as a simian helper and messenger for Rama. The character evolved over time, reflecting regional cultural values.  It is, however, in the late medievalContinue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 8

Indra asked for his modesty.  He told his modesty to leave. The character, bravery, and splendor were all gone. In the end, a life-long beam came out. When Prahlad looked at him, he said, “You now have neither valor, nor glory, nor tenacity, nor prestige, nor wealth.  Hearing my departure, all the personalities left. NowContinue reading Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 8

Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

YOU MUST KNOW #20 Epics and Puranas Hanuman is mentioned in both the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata.  A twentieth-century Jesuit missionary Camille Bulcke, in his Ramkatha: Utpatti Aur Vikas (“The tale of Rama: its origin and development”), proposed that Hanuman’s worship had its basis in the cults of aboriginal tribes of Central India. HanumanContinue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 7

Life of Prahlad after the death of Hiranyakashipu  After the death of his father, Prahlad became the king of the three worlds. Despite being from the Daitya clan, he adopted the path of non-violence and dharma and protected everyone. In his kingdom, all the subjects were living happily. He used to donate every day toContinue reading Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 7

Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

YOU MUST KNOW #19 Proto Dravidian roots The orientalist F. E. Pargiter (1852–1927) theorized that Hanuman was a proto-Dravidian deity.[25] According to this theory, the name “Hanuman” derives from the Tamil word for male monkey (ana-mandi), first transformed to “Anumant” – a name which remains in use.  “Anumant,”(animal) according to this hypothesis, was later SanskritizedContinue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 6

Bhakt Prahlad Ka Rajyabhishek The anger of Lord Narasimha was pacified by the devotee Prahlad. Lord Narasimha also gave a lot of affection to the devotee Prahlad from his little one and placed him on the throne of his father (Bhakt Prahlad Ka Rajyabhishek).  Pleased with Prahlad’s devotion to Vishnu, Lord Vishnu granted him theContinue reading Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 6

Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #18 Vedic Roots The earliest mention of a divine monkey, interpreted by some scholars as the proto-Hanuman, is in hymn 10.86 of the Rigveda, dated to between 1500 and 1200 BCE.  The twenty-three verses of the hymn are a metaphorical and riddle-filled legend. It is presented as a dialogue between multiple characters:Continue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 5

Prahlad becoming the king of the three worlds Hiranyakashipu obtained a boon from Lord Brahma: My desire to become immortal. “Make it so that I will not die because of any living being created by you.” Neither inside nor outside; neither during the day nor at night; neither from any known weapon nor by anyContinue reading Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 5

Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #17 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 isContinue reading Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #16 The Spiritual Significance of Hanuman The goal of all mystical yearning is the union of the individual soul with the universal soul. In the Adhyatma (‘spiritual’) Ramayana, Sita represents the individual (jiva-atma), which has separated from the universal (param-Atma) symbolized by Rama. In a beautiful interpretation, Hanuman here is said toContinue reading 10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 3

Hiranyakashipu’s atrocities on devotee Prahlad (Bhakt Prahlad Ki Leela) Hiranyakashipu had become very powerful as a result of a boon from Lord Brahma. In this ego, he refused to accept Vishnu as God and gave himself the title of God. Whoever worshiped Vishnu in the three worlds, he would have killed him, but when heContinue reading Bhakt  Shiromani Prahlad # 3

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #15 The Five-Headed (Panchamukhi) Hanuman – An Intriguing Image The Vaishnavas believe that the wind-god Vayu underwent three incarnations to help Lord Vishnu. As Hanuman he helped Rama; as Bheema he assisted Krishna; and as Madhvacharya (1197-76), he founded the Vaishnava sect. The Vaishnavas evolved a composite form of Hanuman with fiveContinue reading 10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #14 Why Hanuman is Shown Tearing Open His Own Chest Once Sita gave Hanuman a necklace of pearls. After a while, the residents of Ayodhya observed him breaking the necklace and inspecting each pearl minutely. Intrigued they asked him the reason. “I am looking for Rama and Sita,” replied Hanuman.  Laughing atContinue reading 10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman

      YOU MUST KNOW #13 Why Idols of Hanuman are Red in Color Every morning in Ayodhya, Hanuman Ji would observe Sita put a red mark on her forehead and smear the parting of her hair with vermilion powder, enacting a ritual which is the exclusive prerogative of married women in India. Veer Hanuman Being naturallyContinue reading 10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman