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Category: Mahabharata

Hanumant is also known as Maruti. 

Hanumant is also known as Maruti. 

In the Mahabharat He is referred to as Marutatmaja. The word Maruti has originated from the word Marut.

There are many schools of thought regarding Maruti and Rudra.
Maruts are the sons of Rudra and so is Maruti.’
‘There are eleven rudras. Since Hanuman too is a rudra He is included
in these eleven. Bhim is one of the Names of the eleven rudras.
Hanuman has also been referred to as “Bhimrupi Maharudra”. It is
believed that probably Hanumant’s five faced idols have been derived
due to the influence of the five-faced idol of Rudrashiva.
Hanuman is considered an incarnation of Lord Rudra. Researchers opine
that the relationship between Hanuman and Rudra must have originated
in the era of the Purans. In the story from the Ramayan narrating
Hanuman’s birth, Vayu (generated from absolute air) is referred to as
His father. Later due to His innate qualities He became an incarnation
of Lord Rudra. The relationship between Hanuman and Lord Rudra has
been clearly illustrated in the Skand Puran, Brahmavaivarta Puran,
Narad Puran, Shiva Puran, Bhavishya Puran, Mahabharat Puran, etc.’

Hanuman in Mahabharata

Hanuman in Mahabharata

Being a chiranjeevi, Hanuman is immortal. Naturally, he made
appearances in Mahabharata. In one incidence, Hanuman met Bheema when
Bheema was coming back after an ego-boosting fight with Gandharvas.
When he saw an old monkey with his tail covering the road, Bheema
asked the old monkey to shift the tail. The monkey, complained of
being too old and weak for that and asked Bheema to do so for him.
When Bheema – with all his might and power – couldn’t budge the tail
by an inch, he asked the Monkey for apology and explanation. Hanuman
than appeared in his true form before a humbled Bheema and on his
request showed him his form and valor as it was while fighting the
demons of Lanka.

HANUMAN IN MAHABHARAT : ON ARJUNA’S CHARIOT

HANUMAN IN MAHABHARAT : ON ARJUNA’S CHARIOT

Mahabharata-facts: Arjuna was a skilled archer and was capable of conjuring wonders with his arrows.

During the Mahabharata war, he requested Lord Hanuman to be present on his chariot to which Hanuman asked him to prove his mettle. Arjuna then claimed that he could reconstruct the bridge Rama’s army had built to cross the ocean. Intrigued by his claims, Hanuman challenged him to create a bridge that would be able to withstand his weight. He promised that if Arjuna succeeded in the task, Hanuman would accompany him on his chariot. An eager Arjuna, created the bridge in a jiffy but it collapsed even faster as soon as Hanuman set foot on it. A crestfallen Arjuna approached Lord Krishna who convinced Hanuman that Arjuna should be given another chance. With Krishna’s blessing Arjuna built the bridge again, and this time it did not crumble under Hanuman’s weight. Hanuman then realised the fact that Krishna was an incarnation of his revered Lord Vishnu and was overwhelmed. He agreed to aid Arjuna in his battles with the Kauravas and thus Arjuna’s chariot featured Hanuman on its flag.

After the battle of Kurukshetra, 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. Krishna explained to a 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.