Hanuman is hands-down the most popular and the most deeply loved character of the great Indian epic. The practise of worshipping Him predates the earliest versions of the Ramayana of course, but since then He has amassed more than a predominantly aboriginal, cult following. His wondrous attributes - immortality, superlative inner beauty, extraordinary strength, having attained all eight Yogic siddhees, the fact that He is a polymath, and capable of the highest levels of devotion - renders Him popular with the young and the old alike. In Exotic India's extensive collection of Hanuman books, there is something for every age-group.
Q1. How many
books are there in Ramayana?
In its extant form, Valmiki’s
Ramayana is an epic poem of some 50,000 lines. The text survives in several
thousand partial and complete manuscripts, the oldest of which appears to date
from the 11th century A.D. The text has several regional renderings, recensions
and sub recensions. The Great Epic Ramayana
is traditionally divided into seven Kandas
(books), which are the following:
deals with a particular period of Rama’s life in chronological order.
Q2. What are
ancient books on Hanuman?
The Hanuman Chalisa is a popular Hindu hymn devoted
to the monkey god, Hanuman, himself a devotee of Lord Rama.
Chalisa is derived from the Hindi word, chalis (sometimes spelled calis), which
means “forty.” The Hanuman
Chalisa is, therefore, so-called because it has 40 verses that praise
Hanuman. Millions of Hindus recite the hymn daily from memory. The hymn is
believed to have been composed by the 16th-century poet, Goswami
Tulsidas, who also wrote "Ramcharitmanas,"
an adaptation of the epic poem, "Ramayana."
Q3. What is the
moral of the story of Hanuman?
Referred to as an incarnation of Lord Shiva by some,
Hanuman's devotion and heroics helped Lord Rama defeat Ravana in the war, which
took place after Sita's abduction. Having dedicated his whole existence to
finding Sita, Hanuman braved several hurdles to ultimately reach Lanka and find
Sita. He offered to help her escape but she refused, saying Rama's honour is at
stake and she wouldn't risk that at any cost. Hanuman then went back to Rama
and eventually set Lanka on fire with his tail.
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