LORD HANUMAN – நித்ய சிரஞ்சீவி அனுமன்
Lord Hanuman, well known as monkey god is one of the most celebrated divine figures of our Hindu Mythology. He is portrayed as an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and the most central character of the epic Ramayana. He stands as an example of strength, devotion, courage and perseverance.
BIRTH OF LORD HANUMAN:
The birth of Hanuman is through an eccentric way, as he is considered as one incarnation of Lord Shiva and avatar of Rudra. His father is Kesari(Vaayu) and mother is Anjana. Maa Anjana is a beautiful celestial nymph in the court of Lord Brahma who was cursed by a sage that her beautiful charge will be turned into a monkey face when she falls in love.As she falls in love with Kesari, she got turned into a monkey face and got married to him.
Being an ardent devotee of lord shiva she continued her tapasya towards lord shiva and pleased with her stuffs lord shiva decided to be born as her child. Meanwhile King Dasarath of Ayodhya was performing a yagna called Putrakameshti Yagna for child progeny as a result he received a sacred pudding to be shared with his wives for the birth of ram, lakshman, bharathan and chathrukan.By divine blessings, a kite have snatched a bit from that pudding and dropped it on meditating Anjana who consumed it and gave birth to Lord Hanuman.
The birth of Hanuman is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanthi where it lies on the Tamil month of Margazhi Amavasya day on Moola nakshatra.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME “HANUMAN”:
In general Hanuman have got a lot of names representing various incidents. The term Hanuman is a sanskrit word which means “disfigured jaw”, where hanu means jaw and man means disfigured. This is because of a legend behind the name, where Lord Indra hitted lord hanuman with his Vajrayudha (thunderbolt) when lord hanuman pretended Sun as a ripe fruit to be eaten as he was hungry. Hence he got his jaw damaged while Lord Indra threw his weapon pushing him towards the earth.
Meanwhile Lord Vayu got angry and upset about the things that happened to his son and created a lack of air in the earth which made all the living creatures suffer to death. In order to make him calm all the devas of heaven promised to bless Hanuman with various asthiraas that made Hanuman excel at each field in every way possible.
HANUMAN IN RAMAYANA:
Hanuman is considered as the most important characteristic role and the game changer of the epic Ramayana. A separate part called SUNDARA KANDAM is known for his pride. When Lord Rama and Lakshmana reached Kishkinda in search of Rama’s lost wife Sita, they came in contact with the Monkey king Sugriva. He sent his scout to 4 directions in search of Sita, in which Hanuman’s troop along with Jambavan (the great bear) went towards the south direction and found the island Srilanka, the place where King Ravana rules.
Lanka can be reached only when the great ocean is crossed and everyone knows that only Hanuman can do it. Hence Jambavan lifted Hanuman’s curse and made him remember back his dynamic divine powers. Soon he took a mountain size form and made a big leap over ocean towards Lanka and took an ant form to enter into the island.There he found Sita devi and informed all the happenings by showing the Kanayali of rama as an identity of being his devotee(Rama Dhootha). In return Sita offered her soodamani and waited there informing that she believes in her husband about her recovery from that place.
Eventually Lord Hanuman got caught by the Ravana’s troop and his tail was said to be lit with fire. He started growing his tail long and long leaped, jumped, ran all over the place spreading the fire and as a result the whole place got into fire. With the triumph he returned to Rama and informed all the happenings.A great war was called off in which Lakshma got wounded which could be cured only by the magical herb in himalayan mountains and the Hanuman was assigned with the task of bringing the right herb on time. As he was confused he just rooted off the whole mountain containing the herbs called SANJEEVI mountain and brought the whole mountain in order to help Lakshmana.Atlast Lord rama defeated Ravana and rescued Sita Devi back.
Being an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, Hanuman Refused his gift and proved them by opening up his chest where Lord Rama and Sita resided within him. Therefore Lord Rama blessed hanuman with immortality and he would live on for a long life even after the destruction of the universe.
PANCHAMUGA ANJANEYAR FORM:
An incident in Ramayana reveals that once Ravana’s brother Rakshash Mahiravana captured Rama and Lakshmana in patal lok for offerings to his deity. Hanuman reaches patala and finds that Mahiravana can be killed only when the 5 lamps lit in 5 different directions should be destroyed simultaneously at the same time.In order to save Rama and Lakshma he took the form of Panchamukha Anjaneya with 5 heads in which his own face on east direction, Narashimha face on south direction, Garuda face on west direction, Varaha face on North direction and Hayagriva face towards up. He then killed the rakshasa and saved them.
REPRESENTATION OF PANCHAMUGA ANJANEYAR:
The five face of Hanuman represents the followings:
Hanuman – facing east – Helps to blemish all the sins and provides purity to mind.
Garuda – facing west – Protects from evil spells, black magic and negative spirits around us.
Narasimha – facing south – Reduces the fear of enemies and provides courage to face challenges and succeed in it.
Varaha – facing north – Provides astha aishwaryas and reduces the bad influence of planets.
Hayagriva – facing upwards – Provided knowledge, wisdom and skills to shine in life.
HANUMAN IN MAHABHARATA:
Besides Ramayana, Lord Hanuman is also spotted in the other epic of Mahabharata. Centuries after Ramayana, Lord Hanuman is found specifically on the one part where Bhima(one among pancha pandavas) went into the forest in search of a flower for his wife. Meanwhile Lord Hanuman who is his spiritual brother(son of vayu) decided to teach him a lesson and lied on the ground in the form of a feeble monkey on the way where bhima is coming. As stepping over a creature is disrespectful on those days Bhima asked the disguised form of hanuman to leave him the way.
Lord Hanuman asked him to lift his tail and make a passage to go through. Being proud of his strength Bhima tried hard and hard but could not lift the tail of the disguised hanuman. Realizing that he is not an ordinary creature he asked Hanuman to reveal his real form. Hanuman too revealed his true form and both brothers embraced each other.Hanuman /then informed him that he is going to face a huge war of Gurukshetra between pandavas and Gauravas and promised that he would sit on the flag of his brother Arjuna’s Chariot. After this Lord Hanuman was not seen again for centuries.
Lord Hanuman is worshipped mainly in order to reduce the ill astrological effects of Saturn on an individual.
Best days – Tuesdays and Fridays
Best offerings – Saffron rice, Jaggery prasad, Jasmine flowers, Jasmine oil,sesame oil Ladoo, Sindoor or vermillion and various types of Fruits.
HANUMAN TAIL WORSHIP:
This form of Hanuman worship is considered famous and powerful in order to fulfill and bring our desire and wishes true.It is said that marking hanuman’s tail with chandan and kumkum for 48 days along with chanting his praise inorder to fulfill a wish will happen for sure within the completion of those 48 days. It is an ancient powerful method followed in the worshiping of lord Hanuman by their devotees.
BENEFITS OF OFFERINGS TO HANUMAN:
Betel leaves garland – fulfill all the wishes and desires and provides victory
Thulasi leaves– Child boon
Vada maala– To reduce the effect of Navagraha doshas
Butter – Remove all obstacles
BENEFITS OF WORSHIPPING HANUMAN:
Worshipping Hanuman will provide us with courage, valour, strength, determination,knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, love and devotion. As he is a brahmacharya he makes us master our senses.
Chanting his name provides confidence and peace of mind. He removes all obstacles and provides solutions for various problems.He helps to turn the impossible possible.
Lord Hanuman helps to ward off evil eyes, negative vibes, blackmagic, vastu doshas, Navagraha dosha and any other astrological imbalances.
MANTRAS OF LORD HANUMAN:
In addition to the name Hanuman he has also got various other names representing various citations and he has got about 108 names which are made into
SUNDARA KANDAM in RAMAYANA
HANUMAN CHALISA, The devotional stotra on lord Hanuman.
Om Hanumate Namah.
HANUMAN GAYATRI MANTRA:
“Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe, Vayuputraya Dhimahi
Tanno Hanumat prachodayat”
HANUMAN BEEJA MANTRA:
“Aum Aeem Bhreem Hanumate, Shri Ram Dootaya Namaha”
POWERFUL MANTRA OF LORD HANUMAN:
“Mano javam maruta tulya vegam
Jitendriyam buddhi matam varishtha
Vaataatmajam vaanara yuutha mukhyam
Sri raama duutam sharanam prapadye”
HANUMAN TAMIL MANTRA:
“Anjile ondru petran,Anjile ondrai thaavi,
Anjile ondru aaru aaga,aar uyir kaakka yegi,
Anjile ondru petra,anangai kandu ayalaar ooril,
Anjile ondru vaithan,avan nammai alithu kaapan”
Hanuman Brass statue should be placed facing the south direction.
Panchamukha anjaneya statue should be placed facing south east direction.
NOTE: It should not be placed in the bedroom, kitchen or any other unholy places.
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