Lord Hanuman's origin

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Narada Swayamvara

Narada, infatuated with a princess, went to Lord Vishnu, to make him look like Sri Vishnu, so that the princess would garland him at the Swayamvara. He asked for a Hari Mukh. Hari is the name of Lord Vishnu and Mukh means face. But Vishnu instead bestowed him with the face of a monkey. Image Courtesy: www.1.bp.blogspot.com

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Narada Swayamvara
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Narada Curses Lord Vishnu

Unaware of this, Narada went to the princess, who burst into laughter at the sight of his monkey face before the entire court. Narada, unable to bear the humiliation, cursed Vishnu, that Vishnu would one day be dependent upon a monkey. Vishnu replied that Narada's request for Hari has the dual Sanskrit meaning of monkey. Image Courtesy: www.4.bp.blogspot.com

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Narada Curses Lord Vishnu
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Anjana's Story

There were a number of attendants in the celestial palace-courts of Lord Brahma. Among them was a beautiful attendant named Anjana. Once, happy with her service, Lord Brahma decided to reward her. He called her and asked what she wanted.

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Anjana's Story
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Lord Brahma hears her story

Anjana hesitantly told Lord Brahma that when she was a child on earth she saw a monkey meditating with its legs folded in a lotus pose. It was a funny sight and she threw some fruits at it. But it was no ordinary monkey but a powerful sage. As soon as he woke from his meditation, he cursed her that she would become a monkey when she fell in love with anyone. Image Courtesy: www.kidsgen.com

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Lord Brahma hears her story
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Lord Brahma's resolution for Anjana

Anjana begged him to forgive and so the sage assured her that the man she fell in love with will love her in spite of her monkey face. Lord Brahma felt sorry for her. He asked her to go on earth and live there for a while. There she was to meet her husband and her curse will be removed when she give birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Anjana accepted Brahma's advice and was born on earth and lived in a forest as a huntress.

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Lord Brahma's resolution for Anjana
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Anjana meets her husband

One day she saw a strong man fighting with a lion. "What a brave man!" she thought in wonder. As Anjana looked at the warrior in admiration, the man turned and as soon as his eyes fell on her, she turned into a monkey. Anjana sank to the ground and covered her face with her hands. The man came running towards her and said "Why do you cry? Uncover your face. Let me see you." Image Courtesy:

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Anjana meets her husband
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Anjana's marriage

Anjana answered that she was an apsara cursed to become a monkey when she fell in love. To her great astonishment she found a big monkey faced man standing before her. The monkey faced man told her that he too was not human and that he was Kesari, the king of Monkeys, blessed by Lord Shiva with magical powers. Anjana and Kesari were married in the forests. Image Courtesy: a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net

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Anjana's marriage
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Lord Shiva grants Anjana's wish

Being a pious devotee, Anjana performed intense prayers to worshipping Lord Shiva. Pleased with her Lord Shiva appeared before her and asked her what she wanted. Anjana wished that the lord be born as her son, so that I can be freed from the sage's curse. Lord Shiva gave his consent and disappeared.

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Lord Shiva grants Anjana's wish
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Sacred pudding

One day Dasaratha, the king of Ayodhya and later father of Lord Ram, was performing a yagna, to have children. Lord Agni, the Fire-God, pleased, gave him 4 sacred puddings and asked him to give a pudding to each of his wife so that they may have divine children. While Dasaratha was giving the pudding to wife’s, a kite snatched a portion of that pudding and flew away. It dropped the pudding where Anjana was engaged in prayer to Lord Shiva. Image Courtesy: www.3.bp.blogspot.com

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Sacred pudding
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Vayu - the wind god

Vayu, the Wind-God immediately caught that portion of pudding and placed it onto the outstretched hands of Anjana. Anjana opened her eyes and thinking it to be a offering from Lord Shiva, swallowed it. Image Courtesy: www.indiavilas.com

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Vayu - the wind god
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Jai Hanuman

In due course, she gave birth to a little monkey faced boy called as Anjaneya or the son of Anjana. Also Known as Lord Hanuman. Image courtesy-photos.merinews.com

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Jai Hanuman
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