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Veer Anjaneyaswamy


मनोजवम् मारुततुल्यवेगम् जितेन्द्रियम् बुद्धिमताम् वरिष्ठम्।
वातात्मजम् वानरयूथमुख्यम् श्रीरामदूतम् शरणम् प्रपद्ये॥

Manojavam Marutatulyavegam Jitendriyam Buddhimatam Varishtham।
Vatatmajam Vanarayuthamukhyam Shriramadutam Sharanam Prapadye॥

Let me pray to the one who is swift as thought (manojavam-),
the one who is more powerful than the wind (marut.tulya.vegam-),
the one who has conquered his senses (jitendriyam-),
the one who is supreme among all intelligent beings,
the son of the wind-god (vaataatmajam-),
the commander of the army of forest creatures (vaanar).

Hanuman was the son of Kesari and the grandson of Brihaspati, the king of Sumeru. His mother Anjana, was an apsara of the heavens and had descended to the earth as human, due to a curse. She and her husband had performed 12 years of penance and intense prayers due to which, Shiva granted them a child, as a boon. The child was Hanuman himself, due to which he is also interpreted as the reflection or shadow of Lord Shiva himself.


Other mythological accounts often called Hanuman, as the son of The God of Wind, Vayu Dev, due to the popular story of the Wind God delivering a sacred prasada to Anjana, which originated from King Dasharatha’s ritual of Putrakama Yagya. The same prasada was had by the three wives of King Dasharatha, leading to the birth of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. This prasad was delivered to her while performing her prayers to Shiva, who steered the Vayu God’s energy into the womb of Anjana. Hence, Hanuman is popularly known as Vayuputra.

Lord Hanuman had great powers as a child. One of the stories tells us that baby Hanuman leaped to catch all mighty Sun thinking it was a ball which he could play with. When Lord Indra noticed mighty Hanuman reaching out to grasp Sun, he wanted to stop him. Lord Indra used his mighty Vajra (Thunderbolt weapon) on baby Hanuman. Vajra injured baby Hanuman and he fell back to earth.


This angered Kasari as well as God Vayu. To please them, Gods offered various boons to baby Hanuman. Lord Indra gave him protection from his mighty weapon Vajra (Thunderbolt weapon), Lord Brahma gave protection from all the weapons and nothing could hurt baby Hanuman. Protection from water was offered by Lord Varuna (God of water and oceans).  Agni, the god of fire, blessed him with immunity to fire. Surya, the sun god, gave him the power to change the size of his body. Yama blessed him with good health and immortality. Vishwakarma, the divine architect, offered a boon that Hanuman would be safe from all objects of his creation.

If yoga is the ability to control one's mind then Hanuman is the quintessential yogi having a perfect mastery over his senses, achieved through a disciplined lifestyle tempered by the twin streams of self-control and selfless devotion (bhakti). In fact, Hanuman is the ideal Devotee (one who follows the path of Brahma), if ever there was one. He is also a perfect karma yogi since he performs his actions with detachment, acting as an instrument of destiny rather than being impelled by any selfish motive.

Lord Hanuman is known for his devotion to Lord Rama and there are several stories in Ramayana about Lord Hanuman. Once Hanuman saw Sita applying Sindhoor (Vermillion) to her forehead. He asked her what purpose it served to which Sita replied that it was for the well being and long life of Lord Rama. Then Hanuman smeared his entire body with Sindhoor for the long life of Lord Rama. It is believed that if you offer Sindoor to Hanuman or smear it on his body, he grants you whatever you wish for.

According to legend, Lord Hanuman is one of the four people to have heard the Bhagwad Gita from Krishna and seen the Vishvarupa form, the other three being Arjuna, Sanjaya and Barbarika son of Ghatotkacha. The Narada Purana describes Lord Hanuman as a master of vocal music, and as an embodiment of the combined power of Shiva and Vishnu.

Lord Hanuman was Bhima's brother and he protected pandavas during the battle of Kurukshetra between Pandavas and Kauravas. After the battle of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna asked Arjuna to step down the chariot. Krishna thanked Hanuman to stay with them during the war in the form of a flag on the chariot. Hanuman came in his original form, bowed to Krishna and flew away. As soon as he left, the chariot turned into ashes. Lord Krishna explained to shocked Arjuna, that the chariot would have burnt long time back due to the effects of celestial weapons thrown at it during the war. However, Lord Hanuman protected it.

ॐ हनुमते नमः॥ 

Om Hanumate Namah॥

|| ॐ ऐं भ्रीम हनुमते,

श्री राम दूताय नम: ||

Aum Aeem Bhreem Hanumate

Shree Ram Dootaaya Namaha

ॐ आञ्जनेयाय विद्महे वायुपुत्राय धीमहि।

तन्नो हनुमत् प्रचोदयात्॥

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi।

Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat॥

ॐ श्री वज्रदेहाय रामभक्ताय वायुपुत्राय नमोsस्तुते ।

Om Shree Vajradehaya Ramabhakthaya Vayuputhraya Namosthuthe

ॐ आञ्जनेयाय विद्महे वायुपुत्राय धीमहि।

तन्नो हनुमत् प्रचोदयात्॥

Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi।

Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat॥

अंजनीगर्भ संभूत कपीन्द्र सचिवोत्तम ।

रामप्रिय नमस्तुभ्यं हनुमन् रक्ष सर्वदा ॥

Anjanii-Garbha Sambhuuta Kapii-[I]ndra Sacivo[a-U]ttama |

Raama-Priya Namas-Tubhyam Hanuman Rakssa Sarvadaa ||

हं हनुमते रुद्रात्मकाय हुं फट् |

Hang Hanumate Rudraatmakaay Hung Phatt ||

ॐ नमो भगवते आंजनेयाय महाबलाय स्वाहा |

Om Namo Bhagvate Aanjaneyaay Mahaabalaay Swaahaa ||

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