Hanumaan Essay

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The name ‘Hanuman’ is one that is known all over the world, festivals are
celebrated in various different cultures, and the stories of his amazing life have been
translated into many different languages. Yet there are only a small handful of people who
really know about his background. To most, he is simply- “The monkey God.” In
reality there is much more to him than that. Even today, people still regard Hanuman as a
hero, and many look up to him and try to live the same that he did.

Hanuman is known to different people by different names, In China, he is called Shun Wu
Kong – “The Wind Monkey.” Even in India, he is known by a variety of
names. One of the more prominent ones being Devraja, or King of the Deities.

Hanuman was born to Vayu- God of the Wind, and Punjikasthala- Goddess of the monkey like
Vanara community, and was brought up in her village in the absence of his powerful father.

Everything we know about Hanuman comes from the old Vedic texts. In them are descriptions
of his early childhood and stories from his life as a warrior. Hanuman was educated by
Surya- the Sun God. It is said that because Surya could mot interrupt his work during the
day, Hanuman would follow him around the universe during his years of schooling, showing
just how motivated he was even as a child.

Hanuman was an adept student, and added many powers to those already bestowed upon him by
his mighty father. The Vedic texts describe him as being extraordinarily polite- the
gentleman warrior. He was also a great linguist, and was able to converse fluently on the
Vedic laws. He was also known to be a great musician and would daily sing songs of Ram and
Sita. Some believe that it was his grasp of the writings in the Holy Scriptures that gave
him his mystical powers such as the ability to shrink and expand.

His unrivalled prowess in the art of strategy astonished even his enemies. There is a
story in the Veda’s that illustrates his superiority among all the warriors fighting
in Ram. He had tried gaining access to Ravan- King of Lanka’s city, and had made it
right up to the palace walls before he was captured despite the armies of Rakshas’
guarding the city. Even when he was captured, he kept his head. Ravan had ordered that he
be paraded through the city with his tail on fire as a lesson to Ram. Hanuman allowed
himself to be tied up, and his tail to be burned, because this allowed him to assess his
enemies strengths and weaknesses. Only afterwards did he shrink down, escape his bindings,
transform himself into a giant, kill his captors and set the city on fire.

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