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Who is the God Hanuman?

July 12, 2019

The Monkey God represents qualities such as courage, strength, generosity, commitment, and determination. It is a symbol of the energy and dedication that human beings need in life.
These aspects also arise in the practice of Yoga through the asanas and the intention with which we step on the mat.

Do you want to know more about the God Hanuman? Read our new article. 

 

Who is the God Hanuman?

Hanuman or Hanumân in Hindu mythology was one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. He is the monkey god and is considered an aspect of the god Shiva. His name means "the one with the big jaw".

Hanuman: symbols and worship in hindu mythology

Hanuman, the lord of the monkeys, is one of the few gods in Hinduism who is worshiped by all castes and all sects. He is admired for his strength, his erudition, his wisdom, his humility and, in general, for his many virtues. He symbolizes devotion to the sacred, incorruptibility and righteousness. He is the deity completely dedicated to the welfare of all beings. In addition, the animal character of him is a symbol of the divine character of nature, one of the essential principles of Hinduism. The monkey-god Hanuman, the son of the wind, appears in the two great epics of India, the Râmâyana and the Mahâbhârata, and performs great deeds to protect his friends. His adventures are exciting and different from the usual ones in Hindu mythology. Hence the charm and attraction of him that his figure provokes.

Hanuman,"the monkey god"

Known as "the monkey god", he is the Indian deity with the biggest heart. Although his face and tail are those of a monkey, his body is human and covered in white fur. He is a symbol of devotion, not only for the heart, but also for learning. It is said that his qualities and inventive intelligence have no limits, and there is no challenge in the world too difficult for him to solve.

History posture hanumasana

Hanuman was the semi-divine leader of an army of monkeys who served the god Rama. Hanuman is said to have once jumped in a single stride the distance between the southernmost point of India and Sri Lanka. This posture imitates Hanuman's famous jump and we can read what happened in the Ramayana, like this:

“It was the biggest jump ever. The speed of Hanuman's jump left flowers and petals in the air behind him that looked like little stars waving in the treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen anything like it before. Everyone hailed Hanuman, then the air burned and red clouds lit up the sky…”

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