Hanuman Ji is the divine symbol of devotion, loyalty, and trust. He is the most important figure in the Indian epic Ramayana. Known as Sankat mochan or the one who removes obstacles, he is considered the 11th Rudravatar of Lord Shiva (an incarnation of Lord Shiva). Bajrangbali is among the seven mystics who have the boon of immortality on this earth. Hanuman Chalisa describes the signifance & glory of Lord Hanuman.
Lord Hanuman was incarnated to help Lord Rama. With his enormous divine and physical power, he fulfilled many tasks of Lord Shri Ram. No person can get any happiness in life without Shri Ram’s grace. We should please Hanuman Ji to obtain the grace of Shri Ram. No one can reach Shri Ram without his permission. All the comforts are attained by going to the shelter of Hanuman Ji.
Hanuman Ji is the most powerful deity in physical form on earth in Kali Yuga. In Kali Yuga, the devotion to Hanuman Ji can save people from misery and distress. Hanumanji will remain in his body till the end of this Kali-yuga. He still roams the earth today. He got the boon of immortality to protect the religion.
On returning to Ayodhya after conquering Lanka, when Sri Ram gave presents with gratitude to those who assisted him in the war like- Vibhishan, Sugriva, Angad, etc. Hanuman Ji pleads to Shri Ram- ‘O Shri ram! As long as Rama Katha prevails on this earth, my soul will remain inhabited in this body.’ On this, Shri Ram blesses him ‘O Kapishrestha, this will happen, there is no doubt about it. As long as my story prevails in the world, till then, your fame will remain indelible, and Your soul will stay in your body. As long as the universes remain, my stories will also remain there.
Due to this boon, Hanuman is still alive, and he is engaged in protecting the devotees of God and religion. When Lord Vishnu incarnates in Kalki form, Hanuman, Parashurama, Ashwatthama, Kripacharya, Vishvamitra, Vibhishana, and Raja Bali will be publicly revealed. Only those who have devotion towards Shri Ram and Hanuman Ji in Kalyug can be safe. Hanuman Ji is immense and brave and has no match.
Hanuman Ji in Tretayuga: In Tretayuga, Pawanaputra Hanuman Ji was born as Kesarinandan, and he became a devotee of Lord Rama like a shadow remained with him. The entire character of Lord Hanuman is found in Valmiki ‘Ramayana’.
Hanuman Ji in Dwapara Yuga: In Dwapara Yuga, Bhagwan Hanuman examines Bhima to crush his pride. It has a very beautiful context of Mahabharata. Bhima asks an old monkey to remove his tail from the path. In the disguise of the old monkey, Hanuman Ji says that you can remove it, but Bhima could not remove the tail even after putting all his strength. Then Bhima realized that the old monkey is none other than Hanumanji himself and asked for forgiveness.
Hanuman Ji in Kali Yuga: If human beings take shelter of Hanuman Ji with total devotion and faith, then like Tulsidas Ji, it will not take long to have Hanuman and Shri Ram-darshan. In Kali Yuga, Hanumanji has often made his devotees aware of his existence.
Hanumanji’s chin (Hanu in Sanskrit:) was broken by Indra’s thunderbolt and was given the name of Hanuman. Apart from this, Hanuman Ji is famous by many names like Maruti, Bajrang Bali, Anjani Sut, Sankatmochan, Pawanaputra, Kesarinandan, Mahavir, Kapish, Shankar Suvan etc. He is famous as Bajrangbali because his body is like a thunderbolt. He is called Sankat mochan as he removes all obstacles from his devotees’ lives.
Hanuman Ji is depicted as a man with a monkey face. His body is very muscular and powerful. Janeu (Sacred thread) hangs from his shoulder. Lord Hanuman is shown wearing a red langot (a type of nappy-like cloth worn by wrestlers). He is wearing a golden crown on the forehead and gold ornaments on the body. He has a long tail like a monkey. His main weapon is considered mace.
Once a terrible demon with five faces appeared. He did austerity and got a boon from Brahma Ji that someone like him can only kill him. He created a terrible furore in the whole world on receiving such a boon. All the gods prayed to God to get rid of this trouble. After getting the Lord’s permission, Hanuman Ji assumed the Panchmukhi form of the monkey, Narasimha, Garud, Ashwa, and Shukra (Varaha). This is why it is believed that the worship of Panchmukhi Hanumanji brings the same fruits as the worship of all the gods.
There are many legends about the childhood incidents of Hanuman Ji. One of such legend is:
According to mythology, in his childhood, Hanuman mistook Sun as fruit and wished to eat the Sun. Bal Hanuman flew out to the Sun to eat it. On the way to the Sun, he was confronted by the Rahu. Rahu tried his best to stop Lord Hanuman, but he failed. Frightened, Rahu approached Indra Dev for help. Indra also wanted to stop the child Hanuman, but Hanumanji had started swallowing the Sun by then. Indra struck with his thunderbolt to get the Sun out of Hanuman Ji’s mouth. Child Hanuman could not bear the thunderbolt and fell down. This blow broke Lord Hanuman’s chin. On this, Pawan Dev got angry and stopped the airflow.
Due to this, all the creatures of the world started dying without air. As soon as this situation was known, Brahma himself went to Pawan Dev with the gods. Brahma Dev brought Hanuman Ji back to consciousness and gave him a boon that no weapon would affect him unless he wanted to. At the same time, other gods also gave boons making Hanumanji strong and powerful.