Another great Vanara, the monkey king Vali, lived at the place which
today we call Bali. Vali had great power but became diabolic. He did
not want anybody to become more powerful than himself. Thus, Vali
tried to kill Hanuman when he was in his mother’s womb. He entered
into the womb of Anjana and became molten gold to bring about the
death of the child. Even in the womb Hanuman was already very radiant
and immortal. Therefore, the gold could not do him any harm, he just
became more radiant. Thus, Vali decided to make friends with him
Hanuman tried to veil his radiance by growing a fur around himself. As
a five-year old child he was fascinated by the sun ball and he felt
that the sun was a fruit. He jumped up and devoured it. The solar
system got into a big crisis. A cosmic king named Sakra wanted to
protect the creation and hit Hanuman with Indra’s thunderbolt.
Unconsciously Hanuman fell to the ground. He was again brought back to
life but kept a lower jaw damaged by the thunderbolt. In Sanskrit,
‘Hanuman’ means someone with a damaged lower jaw.