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हनुमान हिंदू धर्म में भगवान श्रीराम के अनन्य भक्त और भारतीय महाकाव्य रामायण में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण पौराणिक चरित्र हैं।

हनुमान हिंदू धर्म में भगवान श्रीराम के अनन्य भक्त और भारतीय महाकाव्य रामायण में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण पौराणिक चरित्र हैं।

हनुमान हिंदू धर्म में भगवान श्रीराम के अनन्य भक्त और भारतीय महाकाव्य

रामायण में सबसे महत्वपूर्ण पौराणिक चरित्र हैं। वाल्मीकि रामायण के
अनुसार हनुमान एक वानर वीर थे। (वास्तव में वानर एक विशेष मानव जाति ही
थी, जिसका धार्मिक लांछन (चिह्न) वानर अथवा उसकी लांगल थी। पुरा कथाओं
में यही वानर (पशु) रूप में वर्णित है।) भगवान राम को हनुमान ऋष्यमूक
पर्वत के पास मिले थे। हनुमान जी राम के अनन्य मित्र, सहायक और भक्त
सिद्ध हुए। सीता का अन्वेषण(खोज) करने के लिए ये लंका गए। राम के दौत्य
(सन्देश देना, दूत का कार्य) का इन्होंने अद्भुत निर्वाह किया। राम-रावण
युद्ध में भी इनका पराक्रम प्रसिद्ध है। वाल्मीकि रामायण सुन्दर काण्ड[1]
के अनुसार लंका में समुद्रतट पर स्थित एक ‘अरिष्ट’ नामक पर्वत है, जिस पर
चढ़कर हनुमान ने लंका से लौटते समय, समुद्र को कूद कर पार किया था।
रामावत वैष्णव धर्म के विकास के साथ हनुमान का भी दैवीकरण हुआ। वे राम के
पार्षद और पुन: पूज्य देव रूप में मान्य हो गये। धीरे-धीरे हनुमंत अथवा
मारूति पूजा का एक सम्प्रदाय ही बन गया। ‘हनुमत्कल्प’ में इनके ध्यान और
पूजा का विधान पाया जाता है। रामभक्तों द्वारा स्नान ध्यान, भजन-पूजन और
सामूहिक पूजा में हनुमान चालीसा और हनुमान जी की आरती के विशेष आयोजन
किया जाता है।

श्री हनुमान रुद्र अवतार हैं। सावन माह में जानिए श्री हनुमान चरित्र का 1 खास पहलू।

श्री हनुमान रुद्र अवतार हैं। सावन माह में जानिए श्री हनुमान चरित्र का 1 खास पहलू।

श्री हनुमान रुद्र अवतार हैं। सावन माह में जानिए श्री हनुमान चरित्र का 1 खास पहलू।


गोस्वामी तुलसीदास द्वारा लिखी श्री हनुमान चालीसा की हर चौपाई संकटमोचक
श्री हनुमान और उनकी भक्ति के करिश्माई नतीजों की महिमा उजागर करती है।
धर्मग्रंथों में बताए श्री हनुमान के ऐसे दिव्य चरित्र, गुण और अतुलनीय
शक्तियां ही धर्मावलंबियों के मन में श्री हनुमान भक्ति के लिए श्रद्धा,
भक्ति और विश्वास जगाती है। यह भरोसा ही सारे शोक, संताप व रोग दूर करने
में भी निर्णायक साबित होता है।
दरअसल, हनुमान चरित्र भक्ति और शक्ति का बेजोड़ संगम माना गया है। इसलिए
जानिए कैसे हनुमान की भक्ति और शक्ति का प्रभाव सांसारिक व्यक्ति को
स्वस्थ्य और सुखद जीवन देने वाला होता है? इसका जवाब भी श्री हनुमान
चरित्र और गुणों में मिल जाता है। जानिए, यह रहस्य –
शास्त्रों के मुताबिक श्री हनुमान जितेन्द्रिय और ब्रह्मचारी है। श्री
हनुमान का यह बेजोड़ गुण ही सांसारिक प्राणी के लिए हमेशा रोग और दु:ख से
मुक्त रहने का बेहतरीन सूत्र माना गया है। इस बेजोड़ गुण के कारण ही श्री
हनुमान भक्ति और उपासना के नियमों में पवित्रता, मर्यादा और संयम का पालन
अहम माना गया है।
श्री हनुमान के इन गुणों और भक्ति के नियम किसी भी इंसान को इंद्रिय संयम
के संकल्प से जोड़ते हैं। इंद्रिय संयम द्वारा इंसान बुरे संग, गलत
खान-पान, कुविचार, बुरे व्यवहार के साथ बुरा बोलने, सुनने और देखने से
दूर रहता है।
दूसरी ओर केवल शरीर द्वारा ही नहीं बल्कि मन और विचारों के द्वारा भी
ब्रह्मचर्य व्रत पालन, सरल शब्दों में समझें तो संयम करने से सद्भभावों,
सद्गुणों व अच्छी आदतों को जीवन में उतरने से जीवनशैली व दिनचर्या
अनुशासित होती है। सेहतमंद रहने के लिए यही बातें अहम होती हैं। जब इंसान
तन और मन से स्वस्थ व दोषरहित होता है तो जाहिर है वह शारीरिक, मानसिक व
व्यावहारिक जीवन के कष्टों से बचा रहेगा।
इसी कारण माना जाता है कि हनुमान का स्मरण रख संयम और अनुशासन को अपनाना
निरोगी, सुखी और शांत जीवन के लिए बहुत ही मंगलकारी है।

The depth of Hanuman’s devotion.

The depth of Hanuman’s devotion.

Once, Narada, the celestial musician, boasted proudly that he was the world’s greatest devotee.  At this Lord Brahma challenged him to pay a

visit to Hanuman.  Narada found Hanuman lost in devotion, chanting the
name of Ram to the accompaniment of the vina (a stringed instrument).
Narada was so mesmerized by the sweet music that he placed his own
vina on a nearby rock and joined Hanuman in his recitation. 
After some moments spent in timeless absorption, they both left off chanting
and Narada got up to take his leave.  However, when he tried to lift
his vina, he found to his surprise that it had sunk into the rock on
which it lay!  The rock it seems had melted with the devotion of
Hanuman’s song but had hardened up again when the music stopped,
trapping Narada’s vina inside.  Try as he might, Narada could not lift
it and was forced to return to Brahma empty-handed and annoyed that
after his visit to Hanuman he had lost his own vina.  Brahma only
smiled and told Narada that there was only one way to get his vina
back-to return to Hanuman and request him to sing once again the name
of Ram.  Narada followed Brahma’s advice and went back to visit
Hanuman.  There he humbly begged Hanuman to begin his devotional
chanting once again.  As soon as he began, the rock in which the vina
was stuck melted and Narada was able to retrieve his instrument.  He
left shortly after, humbled by the depth of Hanuman’s devotion.

Shesha or Adi-shesha is the king of all naagas (snakes) and one of the primal beings of creation

Shesha or Adi-shesha is the king of all naagas (snakes) and one of the primal beings of creation

Shesha or Adi-shesha is the king of all naagas (snakes) and one of the primal beings of creation.  In the Puranas, Shesha is said to hold all

the planets of the Universe on his hoods and to constantly sing the
glories of Vishnu from all his thousand mouths. He is sometimes
referred to as “Ananta-Shesha” which means “Endless Shesha” and as
“Adishesha”, which means “First Snake”. It is said that when
Adi-Shesha uncoils, time moves and creation takes place. When he coils
back, the universe ceases to exist.  A dasa (servant) of Lord Vishnu,
he is said to have incarnated along with two of his Avatars:
Lakshmana, brother of Lord Rama, and Balarama, brother of Lord
Krishna.  Shesha is generally depicted with a massive form that floats
coiled in space, or on the universal ocean, to form the bed on which
Vishnu lies. Sometimes he is shown as five-headed or seven-headed, but
more commonly as a many hundred-headed serpent. 
He is closely
associated with Vishnu. His name means “that which remains”, from the
Sanskrit root śiṣ, because when the world is destroyed at the end of
the kalpa (cosmic age), Shesha remains as he is.

The battle between the Hanuman and the prince Akshakumara (son of Ravana)

The battle between the Hanuman and the prince Akshakumara (son of Ravana)

Witnessing the battle between the monkey and the prince Akshakumara (son of Ravana), the earth trembled, the sun became dim, the winds were all stilled, the mountains were awe-struck, the sky was filled with reverberations, and the oceans were stirred to their depth. Then that hero, who was a master of all the branches of archery, shot at the monkey’s head three sharp and poisoned arrows with golden shafts and winged with feathers and resembling serpents in their ferocity. 


Hanuman was not in the least affected by these three arrows shot at his head simultaneously. On the other hand, he shone like the rising sun with arrows as the rays and with his rolling eyes, rendered red by drops of blood, as the crimson glow of the rising sun.


Hanuman holds a gada or mace in his left hand and a pasa or noose in his right.

Hanuman holds a gada or mace in his left hand and a pasa or noose in his right.

According to the Mantramaharnava, Hanuman holds a gada or mace in his left hand and a pasa or noose in his right. The mace, or vajra, symbolizes his great strength. 


The blessing of having a body as strong as a vajra (literally lightning bolt) is only possible according to the Tantras for a tantric siddha or a person who has attained the eight great powers of: anima (miniaturisation), mahuna (magnification), laghima (levitation), prapti (extention), prakamya (irresistible will power), vasitva (mastery over all living things), isitva (lordship over all) and garima (becoming heavy at will). 

How Lord Hanuman got his name: Bajrangbali ?

How Lord Hanuman got his name: Bajrangbali ?

The name ”Bajrangbali” is favored by many north Indian villagers and within both villages and towns by wrestlers, especially when calling on the deity as an embodiment of power and protection. Most pandits consider it a rustic corruption of the Sanskrit “vajra-anga-vali” or “one having limbs (anga) [as hard as a] thunderbolt/diamond (vajra).”


 Vajra is a potent noun that is fairly loaded with meanings: from Indra’s mythical thunderbolt weapon to a Buddhist term for the enlightened state; in the context of tantra it can also connote the male member, as well as the desirable hardness of this and other muscles.

How could Hanuman contrive to burn Ravana’s stronghold of Lanka, a most impregnable fortress?”

How could Hanuman contrive to burn Ravana’s stronghold of Lanka, a most impregnable fortress?”

“Listen, Hanuman,” said Rama; “no god or man or sage that has ever been born into this world has been such a benefactor to me as you.

What service can I do you in return? When I think of it, I am unable
to look you in the face. Upon reflection, my son, I have come to the
conclusion that I cannot ever repay you.” Again and again as the
protector of the gods gazed on Hanuman, his eyes filled with tears and
his whole body quivered with emotion.

When Hanuman heard what his Lord said and gazed on his face and body
beaming with delight, he experienced a thrill of joy all over his body
and fell at his feet, crying out in the ecstasy of devotion, “Save me,
save me, O Blessed Lord!” [from the clutches of egotism]

Again and again the Lord sought to raise him up, but he was so
absorbed in love that he would not rise. The lotus hands of the Lord
rested on his head. Gauri’s lord (Shiva) was overcome by emotion when
he recalled that scene. But again, composing himself, Shiva resumed
the most charming narrative. The Lord raised Hanuman and clasped him
to his heart; then he took him by the hand and seated him close by his
side and said, “Tell me Hanuman, how could you contrive to burn
Ravana’s stronghold of Lanka, a most impregnable fortress?”

When Hanuman found the Lord so gracious, he replied in words of
singular modesty: “A monkey’s greatest valour lies in his skipping
about from one branch to another. That I should have been able to leap
across the ocean, burn the golden city, slay the demon host and lay
waste the Ashoka grove was all due to your might Raghunath; in no
sense was the strength my own, my Lord. Nothing, Lord, is unattainable
to him who enjoys your favour; through your might a mere shred of
cotton can surely burn up the fire beneath the sea. Be pleased, O
Lord, to grant me unceasing devotion, which is a source of the highest
bliss.”

 When the Lord, O Parvati, heard the most artless speech of Hanuman,
he replied, “So be it.”

People don’t know-every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is a maha mantra

People don’t know-every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is a maha mantra

The Hanuman Chalisa, an auspicious praise-poem containing “chalise” or “forty” verses in praise of Lord Hanuman was especially beloved by Maharaj-ji who said,


“People don’t know-every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is a maha mantra”


As we prepare for 24-hour chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa in celebration of Hanuman Jayanti on the full moon of April 3-4, we will be posting verses from the Hanuman Chalisa with word by word English translation and brief commentary each day from this full moon until the next.

May reading it bring you “bliss and release from bondage”.