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Invincible Hanuman!

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Hanuman was one of the most enigmatic personalities of Hindu mythology; he was powerful beyond estimate and his enormous powers and his innocence can be estimated from the fact that, as a child he mistook the Sun to be a mango and wanted to eat it; Rahu was nearby trying to create a solar eclipse.
Hanuman just brushed him aside with his might and swallowed the Sun whereupon Rahu complained to Indra, the lord of all deities, that Hanuman had prevented him from creating an eclipse; the enraged Indra threw a Vajra (thunderbolt) which disfigured his jaw and sent Hanuman into a coma and he fell down to Earth.
This is the reason for his disfigured visage and for his name.
Why was he invincible?
This did not go well with Vayu, the wind god who had a hand in the birth of Hanuman and is referred to as his father; Vayu sucked in all the wind from the atmosphere and created a massive vacuum whereupon there was pandemonium all around because there was no air to breathe.
What ensued was a …

Hanuman! The Incarnation of Shiva

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Lord Hanuman is an amazing incarnation of Lord Shiva and he is supposed to be chiranjeevi i.e. immortal, hence he finds mention in some ancient Hindu texts which were composed at different times and places; notable among these are the Puranas, some texts of the Jain religion and The Mahabharata another epic of massive proportions.
He is one of the central figures in Ramayana, an epic which depicts the famous war between Lord Rama and the all-powerful Ravana, the demon king of Lanka; tales of his exploits and conquests and his vast knowledge are well known. Hindu mythology suggests that he used to go the Moon to perform his prayers and meditation.
His name finds mention in the Rigveda also but is disputed by many; a writing of the 17h century, RasaVinoda, describes how the trio of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh merged together physically to form Hanuman.
Folklore has it that the rocks lying between the southern end of India and the Sri Lankan shores are the bridge that he and h…