Hanuman, a Hindu Monkey God

Hanuman is a Hindu deity, who is an ardent devotee of Rama, a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. A general among the vanaras, an ape-like race of forest-dwellers, Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine, whose fate it is to aid the hero Rama in the struggle against the demon king Ravana.

Hanuman’s exploits are much celebrated in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, particularly in Hinduism, so much so that he is often the object of worship, and is the prime deity in many temples known as Hanuman Mandirs. He is worshipped in all parts of India, particularly in Maharashtra.

Sri Hanuman was born of Anjani from Pavana, the wind-god. He was named Hanuman after the name of the city of Hanumpur over which his maternal uncle Parti Surya ruled. Hanuman’s body was hard as a stone. The world has not yet seen and will not see in future also a mighty hero like Sri Hanuman. During his life he worked wonders and exhibited superhuman feats of strength and valor. He has left behind him a name which, as long as the world lasts, will continue wielding a great influence over the minds of millions of people.

Animal worship refers to religious rituals involving animals, especially in pre-modern societies, such as the glorification of animal deities. Indian people worship monkeys because these represent Hanuman. In India the monkey-servant of God, Hanuman, is a prominent figure.


2 Responses to “Hanuman, a Hindu Monkey God”

  1. February 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    GREAT post! jai hanuman!

  2. February 14, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I’m hearing now for the first time that he was named Hanuman after the name of the city of Hanumpur over which his maternal uncle Parti Surya ruled 🙂
    On sanskrit hanu-man (hanu-mat) means “having (large) jaws” and it is connected with the story when Indra throwed vajra (thunderbolt) at Hanuman which struck his jaw.

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