Thursday, April 19, 2007

Monkey deity

(AFP/Raveendran )
An Indian Hindu devotee leaves a new temple dedicated to a likeness of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god of Hindu mythology in New Delhi.

Lord Hanuman had the power to assume any form he liked; to swell his body to an enormous extent and to reduce it to the length of a thumb. His strength was superhuman. He was the terror of Rakshasas. He was well versed in the four Vedas and other sacred books. His valour, wisdom, knowledge of the scriptures and superhuman strength attracted everybody who came near him. He had extraordinary skill in warfare.

From Wikipedia...

He symbolises the pinnacle of bhakti, and Hindus consider him to be the eleventh Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. He is more well-known as the (spiritual) Son of Vayu deva, the Hindu deity of the wind. He is respected by Hindus, Shaivas and Vaishnavas.

Hanuman is the epitome of wisdom, brahmacharya, bhakti (devotion/faith), valour, righteousness and strength. His indispensable role in reuniting Rama with Sita is likened by some[attribution needed] to that of a teacher helping an individual soul realise the divine.

There is no blessing that he cannot bestow—according to the Hanuman Chalisa, Sita granted him the power to bestow the eight siddhis and nine types of wealth on others. However, the greatest boon one can ask of Hanuman is the uplifting spiritual qualities that he himself is known for.

He is easily reachable — just by chanting the name 'Ram'. Conversely, it is also held that the easiest way to attain Lord Rama is to worship Hanuman — verse 33 of the Hanuman Chalisa begins, "Tumharae bhajan Ram ko paavae", which means "by singing hymns about You, we reach Rama".

An interesting link telling about this Hindu god.


Brian said...

Hanuman is one of my favourite gods. He and his monkey army jumping across the ocean to Sri Lanka to help battle the demon Ravana is one of the highlights of the Ramayana. Too cool!

CrippLeD SaM said...

Jay Shri Hanuman!

The most cool Scene in Ramayan is where they make a bridge to Lanka. I also love the Hanuman Chalisa. The complete Text and Music can be downloaded at:

YouRs SinCereLy CrippLeD SaM