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Why is Hanuman called Hanuman?

According to legend, Hanuman is the son of the Wind God. Air is the most important thing of all. One can exist without food, spend days without water; but it is impossible to live without air even for a few minutes. Air is life. So, Hanuman is also called 'Pranadeva' or the Lord of Life.

Hanuman was a master of music, dance and drama. So, he is worshipped with love and devotion by musicians and actors all over india.

Hanuman was born to Anjanadevi and Vaayu, the wind God. Hanuman is therefore also called 'Aanjaneya', son of Anjana.

Hanuman was an extraordinary kid. When he was small, Hanuman felt very hungry. Looking up he saw in the east something red. Hanuman thought that the red sun was a fruit and flew up to snatch it. Hanuman flew towards the sun. Indra, the Lord of Heaven, feared that the sun might be caught. So he hit at Hanuman with his terrible weapon Vajrayudha.

Hanuman fell down and was hurt. His cheeks got swollen. (This is why he came to be called Hanuman. 'Hanu' in Sanskrit means the cheek.)

 



 
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