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Hanuman-The Monkey God

Hanuman, the monkey God is believed to live eternally and is known for his power, valor and strength. He is also considered a wise yogi and brahmachari. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, he has helped Lord Rama in his fight against the evil forces. Lord Hanuman is worshiped across India as a symbol of strength, devotion and perseverance. He is worshiped especially on Saturdays and Tuesdays when people keep fast and make special offerings to him.

Life of Hanuman

Hanuman was the son of Anjana Devi, a celestial woman but born as a monkey woman because of a curse. Vayu Deva is considered to be the father of Hanuman as he was responsible for carrying a portion of payasam which resulted in the birth of Hanuman. He grew up to be a strong and naughty boy who could travel as fast as the wind.

It is said that one day he was so hungry he mistook the glowing sun to be a fruit and ran after it. Such was his power and will. Lord Indra was angry at this hit him with his thunderbolt. At this Vayu Deva was very upset and he stopped blowing wind and the whole universe was in trouble. It was only after Hanuman received blessings from all Gods, did he start blowing wind again.
Hanuman
Hanuman in his youth learned most of his skills from Surya Bhagvan and mastered the scriptures. His tremendous power of concentration only required 60 hours to learn the scriptures. As guru dakashina, he decided to serve Sugriva, the son of Surya and the monkey king, all his life.

In Ramyana, he played a very important role in aiding Ram to get back Sita from the clutches of the Ravana from Lanka. He helped Ram to cross the ocean by building a setu or bridge across the ocean with the help of his vanar sena. He also flew to Sanjeevani Mountain to get the medicinal herb to revive Lakshman, who was injured in the battle.

Hanuman also finds mention in Mahabharata and features in the great epic as a friend of Bhima since both of them were born from the blessings of the Wind God. He stood by the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra War and protected Arjuna’s chariot.

He is known by the following names:

Hanuman           
Anumandhayya        in Karnataka
Aanjaneyalu             in Andhra Pradesh
Aanjaneyan              he is the son of Anjana
Maruthi                    in Maharashtra
Anumandhan           son of Vaayu
Siriya Thiruvadi      vahanam for Rama
Vaayunandhan
Kesarinandhanan
Aadhitasishyan 

Hanuman Chalisa

Doha
Shri guru charan saraj raj, Nij manu mukur sudhare |
Barnau raghubar bimal jasu, Jo dhayak phal chare ||
Budhihien tanu jaanke, Sumerao pavan-kumar |
Bal budhi vidhya dehu mohe, Harhu kales bikar ||
Chopai
Jai hanuman gyan gun sagar |
Jai kapise tehu lok ujagar ||
Ram dut atulit bal dhama |
Anjani putra pavan sut nama ||
Mahabir bikram bajragee |
Kumati nivas sumati ke sangi ||
Kanchan baran biraj subesa |
Kann kundal kunchit kesa ||
Haat vajar ao dheja biraje |
Kandhe muj janeu sajee ||
Sankar suvan kesrinandan |
Tej pratap maha jag bandhan ||
Vidhyavan gune aati chatur |
Ram kaaj kaibe ko aatur ||
Prabhu charit sunibe ko rasiya |
Ram lakhan sita maan basiya ||
Susham roop dhari siyahi dhikhava |
Bikat roop dhari lank jarava ||
Bhim roop dhari asur sahare |
Ramchandra ke kaaj savare ||
Laye sanjeevan lakhan jiyaye |
Shriraghuvir harsha ure laye ||
Raghupati kinhe bahut badai |
Tum mam preye bharat sam bhai ||
Sahart badan tumarhu jas gavey |
Aas kahi shripati kant lagavey ||
Sankadeek bhramadhi munisa |
Narad sarad sahit ahisa ||
Jam kuber digpal jaha thi |
Kavi kovid kahi sake kaha thi ||
Tum upkar sughuv kehina |
Ram milaye raj pad denha ||
Tumraho mantra vibhekshan mana |
Lankeshvar bhaye sab jag jaan ||
Jug sahes jojan per bhanu |
Linyo tahi madhur phal janu ||
Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahi |
Jaldhi ladhi gaye acraj nahi ||
Durgam kaaj jagat ke jete |
Sugam anugrah tumre tete ||
Ram duaare tum rakhvare |
Hoot na aagya binu pasare ||
Sab sukh lahai tumhre sarna |
Tum rchak kahu ko daarna ||
Aapan tej samharo aape |
Teno lok hakte kape ||
Bhut pesach nikat nahi aaveh |
Mahavir jab naam sunaveh ||
Nase rog hare sab peera |
Japat nirantar hanumat bal bira ||
Sankat se hanuman chudave |
Maan kam bachan dayan jo lavey ||
Sab per ram tapasvi raja |
Tin ke kaaj sakal tum saja ||
Aur manorat jo kayi lave |
Tasuye amit jeevan phal pavey ||
Charo guj pratap tumarah |
Hai prasidh jagat ujeyara ||
Sadhu sant ke tum rakhvare |
Asur nikandan ram dulare ||
Ashat sidhi navnidhi ke data |
As var deen jaanki mata ||
Ram rasayan tumhre pasa |
Sada raho raghupati ke dasa ||
Tumreh bhajan ram ko bhavey |
Janam janam ke dukh bisravey ||
Ant kaal raghubar pur jaie |
Jaha janam hari bhagat kahaei ||
Aur devta chitna dhareyo |
Hanumat seye sarav sukh karaei ||
Sankat kate mite sab pera |
Jo sumere hanumat balbira ||
Jai jai jai hanuman gusai |
Kripa karo guru dev ke naai ||
Jo sat bar pat kar koi |
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hoai ||
Jo yahe pade hanuman chalisa |
Hoye sidhi sa ke goresa ||
Tulsidas sada hari chera |
Kijeye nath hridaye maha dera ||
Doha
Pavantnaye sankat haran, Mangal murti roop |
Ram lakhan sita sahet, Hridaye basau sur bhup ||
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