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Who is Hanuman?

The God of Service, Selfless Dedication, Strength and Energy

In Hinduism, Hanuman (Sanskrit: हनुमान्) is an ardent devotee of Rama. Hanuman is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the God.

In popular iconography, Hanuman may be depicted purely as a monkey, or as a basically human body with a monkey-like muzzle and face. He is usually depicted holding a giant mace (gada), a symbol of his strength and bravery, and often carrying the medicine hill that he carried to Lanka from the Himalayas. He may be shown carrying other weapons, as a sign of his protection of Rama and the faithful or medicinal herbs as a sign of healing.

Hanuman is one of the central characters of the Indian epic Ramayana. The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit story and a tale of the triumph of good over evil, where Lord Rama fought and killed the demon king Ravana to rescue his beloved wife, Sita. The epic is filled with lessons about Hindu culture and also helps us understand the true meaning of love, devotion, courage, and bravery. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the sage Valmiki and dated to around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.

The character of Hanuman teaches us of the unlimited power that lies unused within each one of us. Hanuman directed all his energies towards the worship of Lord Rama, and his undying devotion made him such that he became free from all physical fatigue. And Hanuman’s only desire was to go on serving Rama.