The finest of the vanarasena, Lord Hanumana is an incomparable jewel in the necklace of Ramayan characters. He single-handedly discovered Mother Seeta in Her captive state, set ruin upon Lanka, and revived the fatally injured Lakshmana. In the course of all of His accomplishments, He functioned from a place of unconditional love (bhakti) for Lord Rama, the purushottama (the most superior example of manhood).
The murti that you see on this page depicts the warrior in the bhakta’s stance. On a richly engraved pedestal, He kneels upon a single knee. The gada, His signature weapon, without which His iconography would be incomplete, is turned gently downward. The right hand is raised in the aashirvada (blessing) mudra, which He metes out to the finest yogis of ihaloka. Indeed, Lord Hanuman is a yogi possessed of the ashtasiddhis as well as the navanidhis.
The most striking aspect of this Hanuman composition is the lifelike face. Neatly etched features bear a composure of omniscience and unshakable determination. The gravity of His countenance is accentuated by the protruding jawline that likens Him to the Indian monkey. His long tail is raised behind the back, its end curling around the halo.
The miniscule lotus petal engravings around the edge of the chowki and its ornate vine-like legs add to the beauty of the composition.
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