Published March 27, 2023 | Love, Mythology

Hanuman, in Hindu mythology, the monkey commander of the monkey army. Hanuman is depicted as a man with a monkey face. One of the chief characters in the epic story the Ramayana, which is one of the core mythologies in all of Asia, especially Southeast Asia. His exploits are narrated in the great Hindu Sanskrit poem the Ramayana (“Rama’s Journey”).

Hanuman the great commander

Hindu Legends

According to Hindu legends, Hanuman was born to mother Anjana and father Kesari. Hanuman is also know as the son of the deity Vayu (Wind god) because of legends associate with Vayu’s role. In Hanuman’s birth and is said to be the incarnation of lord Shiva (Destroyer god). One morning in his childhood, Hanuman was hungry and saw the rising red-colored sun. Mistaking it for a ripe fruit, because that he leapt up to eat it. In one version of the Hindu legend, the king of gods Indra intervened and struck Hanuman with his thunderbolt. It hit Hanuman on his jaw, and he fell to the earth dead with a broken jaw.

Hanuman, Hindu God
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Hanuman’s father Vayu (air) became upset and withdrew all the air on Earth. As the mistake done by the god Indra, he grants Hanuman a wish that his body would be as strong as Indra’s Vajra, and that his Vajra can also not harm him. Hence these wishes make Hanuman an immortal, who has unique powers and strength.

Hanuman in The Ramayana

In the lecture about Ramachandra describe the symbolism of Lord Rama. Who is an incarnation or avatar of the God Vishnu. Ramachandra, represent with blue skin like Krishna, is draw with his bow and arrow. He is the main hero of the Ramayana. In the story, his wife is kidnappped by a great demon named Ravana.

Rama is only able to free his wife Sita from the demon with Hanuman’s help. So it is Hanuman who makes-it possible for Rama and Sita to be reunite. Soothe role of Hanuman in the Ramayana is very important. Many Southeast Asians, the service and devotion of Hanuman makes him the most important character of the Ramayana. For many, he is the most revered deity, even though he is, a servant of Rama he still revered asa great hero.

That’s all the story about The Great Monkey Commander. There are so many lessons that we can take from various ancient mythologies. Not only animals, but also all living things have a very meaningful meaning in the world. Let’s learn about acculturation of culture and animals with Bali Safari Park!