Lord Hanuman is mentioned in many Hindu Holy Scriptures and Puranas, namely the Ramayana and all its 16 versions. Bhagwan Hanuman is also mentioned in some of the Jainism scriptures as well as Mahabharatha. Along with his Vanara Sena, Hanuman participated in the war with Lord Rama to defeat demon king Ravan.
As per the scriptures, Anjana, mother of Hanuman was an Apsara in the heavenly court of Lord Brahma. However, due to some reason, a sage cursed her that if she falls in love, her face turns into a monkey face. Lord Brahma had pity on her and wished to help her. Anjana was born on earth and married Kesari, the monkey king. She continued her Tapasya for Shiva’s blessings. Pleased by her devotion, Lord Shiva agreed to be born as her son so she could be free of the curse.
When King Dashrath performed a Yagya to be blessed by sons, the sage gave him kheer to be fed to his wives. As Kaushalya was handed her portion, a kite snatched it and flew away to Anjana. On Lord Shiva’s signal, Lord Vayu placed the kheer on Anjana’s hand and she ate it thinking it was Lord Shiva’s, Prasad. Hence, Hanuman was born to her as the incarnation of Lord Shiva and he is also known as Vayu Putra or Maruti as Vayu was called Maruti.
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