One comes across varied information about Hanuman’s true form.
He is mostly red and rarely black. ‘Red’ Hanuman is one who is smeared
with sindur (vermilion). Saturn’s (Shani’s) influence may have
resulted in His black complexion. Hanuman is popular as an incarnation
of Rudra or as the son of Rudra. The red complexioned Rudra has
perhaps influenced Hanuman’s complexion too. When Hanuman became red
in complexion, tales of His love for sindur gained popularity.
1. Once after bathing, Sita applied a red circular mark in the centre
of Her forehead with sindur. When Hanuman asked Her the reason for it,
She replied, “It prolongs the life of your Master.” This influenced
Hanuman so greatly that He smeared sindur over His entire body !
Once when Hanuman was proceeding to Lanka with the Dronagiri hills
Bharat struck Him with an arrow and wounded His leg. The wound healed
with a mixture of sindur and oil. Hence sindur and oil are Hanuman’s