Hanuman, Son Of Shiva

There are various versions of Hanuman’s Birth.

He is believed to be son of Vayu, the God of Wind and called as Maaruthi and Pavankumar.

He is said to be son of Kesari and Anjana Devi , hence called Anjaneya.

He is also considered as an amsa of Lord Rudra, who is an amsa of Lord Shiva.


Hanuman means with a ‘Injured Jaw’

As a child Anjaneya, another name of Hanuman,son of Anjana Devi, flew near the Sun to gobble it up.

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Lord Rama and Hanuman.

Indra,Chief of the Devas hit Hanuman with his Vajrayudha.

He fell back down to the earth and became unconscious. Upset, Vayu went into seclusion, taking the atmosphere with him. As living beings began to get asphyxiated, to pacify Vayu, Indra withdrew the effect of his thunderbolt, and the devas revived Hanuman and blessed him with multiple boons. However, a permanent mark was left on his chin (hanuhH in Sanskrit).

There are various versions of Hanuman’s Birth.

He is believed to be  son of Vayu, the God of Wind and called as Maaruthi and Pavankumar.

He is said to be son of Kesari and Anjana Devi , hence called Anjaneya.

He is also considered as an amsa of Lord Rudra, who is an amsa of Lord Shiva.

Some texts mention that He is the son of Shiva, some others Shiva Himself.

The Vedas talk of Rudra.

Hanuman is considered to be the eleventh Rudra amsa.

Hanuman is worshiped as Shiva’s amsa in many households.

Hanuman was born to the vanaras. His mother Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth due to a curse. She was redeemed from this curse on her giving birth to a son. The Valmiki Ramayana states that his father Kesari was the son of Brihaspati and that Kesari also fought on Rama’s side in the war against Ravana. Anjana and Kesari performed intense prayers to Shiva to get a child. Pleased with their devotion, Shiva granted them the boon they sought.Hanuman, in another interpretation, is the incarnation or reflection of Shiva himself.

Hanuman is often called the son of the deity Vayu; several different traditions account for the Vayu’s role in Hanuman’s birth. One story mentioned in Eknath’s Bhavartha Ramayana (16th century CE) states that when Anjana was worshiping Shiva, the King Dasharatha ofAyodhya was also performing the ritual of Putrakama yagna in order to have children. As a result, he received some sacred pudding (payasam) to be shared by his three wives, leading to the births of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. By divine ordinance, a kitesnatched a fragment of that pudding and dropped it while flying over the forest where Anjana was engaged in worship. Vayu, the Hindu deity of the wind, delivered the falling pudding to the outstretched hands of Anjana, who consumed it. Hanuman was born to her as a result.Another tradition says that Anjana and her husband Kesari prayed Shiva for a child. By Shiva’s direction, Vayu transferred his male energy to Anjana’s womb. Accordingly, Hanuman is identified as the son of the Vayu.

Another story of Hanuman’s origins is derived from the Vishnu Purana and Naradeya Purana. Narada, infatuated with a princess, went to his lord Vishnu, to make him look like Vishnu, so that the princess would garland him at swayamvara (husband-choosing ceremony). He asked for hari mukh (Hari is another name of Vishnu, and mukh means face). Vishnu instead bestowed him with the face of a vanara. Unaware of this, Narada went to the princess, who burst into laughter at the sight of his ape-like face before all the king’s court. Narada, unable to bear the humiliation, cursed Vishnu, that Vishnu would one day be dependent upon a vanara. Vishnu replied that what he had done was for Narada’s own good, as he would have undermined his own powers if he were to enter matrimony. Vishnu also noted that Hari has the dual Sanskrit meaning of vanara. Upon hearing this, Narada repented for cursing his idol. But Vishnu told him not repent as the curse would act as a boon, for it would lead to the birth of Hanuman, an avatar of Shiva, without whose help Rama (Vishnu’s avatar) could not kill Ravana.

“Hanuman was born as the son of Anjana a female vanara. Anjana was actually an Apsaras (a celestial being), named Punjikasthala, who, due to a curse, was born on the earth as a female vanara. The curse was to be removed on her giving birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Anjana was the wife of Kesari, a strong vanara who once killed a mighty elephant that was troubling sages and hermits. He therefore got the name ‘Kesari’, meaning lion, and is also called Kunjara Südana, the elephant killer.”

Hanuman is originally the son of Vayu, the air god. And he is also an expansion of Lord Siva. All the demigods were helping Lord Ramacandra in his battle. Lord Siva was thinking, “I must also help him.” So long before Lord Ramacandra incarnated, Lord Siva had a pastime.

Once Siva and Parvati were playing in Kailash, and they saw a monkey. Lord Siva, by looking at this monkey, he also took the form of a monkey. Parvati also took the form of a monkey, and they played. During that time, Lord Siva gave Parvati a conception. Then immediately she became Parvati again and said, “I’m not going to give birth to a monkey.”

So Siva said, “Well you have a conception so now you have to give birth to it.” Parvati said, “No no, when you gave the conception you were a monkey, so my son will become a monkey. Already I have an elephant, that is enough. I can’t have this.” So Siva said, “All right then, I will make some arrangement.”

Siva then called Vayu, and Vayu came there. Once before Siva had given a conception and Agni had carried it, and Agni had said that he would never do it again. So Vayu came, and Siva said, “Vayu, you have not done anything to me up till now, so please do this for me. Take this conception and look after it.” Vayu said, “But you are the most hot person, and I am going to be carrying this around when I am supposed to be cooling everything. The wind will be hot.” Siva said, “You make some arrangement.”

So Vayu was carrying this conception wondering what to do, and then he saw the sapta-rishis going somewhere. He went before them and asked, “This is a conception from Lord Siva. This has to be preserved until the Supreme Lord incarnates as Ramacandra. That is a long time away, but it has to be kept. Please make some arrangement.”

The sapta-rishis said, “Oh we will make some arrangement.” So they went to origin of the Mandakini river and they took a leaf which was made of metal, and put the conception there. In this way it was preserved, and Vayu was supposed to come and see that nothing happened to it.

And then Brhaspati, the spiritual master of the devas, he had a maidservant in his house, and she was supposed to bring flowers for worshipping Salagram. One day when she went to get flowers, she saw some gandharvas having conjugal pastimes, and she was very attracted. So instead of collecting flowers, she came back early and Brhaspati was sitting on a deerskin in his ashrama.

Suddenly this lady jumped on him and began covering him with kisses. Brhaspati had not expected this, because he was doing puja, and he said, “What is this? You are behaving like a monkey! Therefore become a monkey!”

When she became a monkey she cried, “I’m very sorry. Some ignorance came in my mind, and I have insulted you. But you have made me a monkey, so when will I again become normal?” Brhaspati said, “Why have I cursed you like this? I did not lose my temper.” Then he thought for a while, and said, “Oh, I know. There is some arrangement. So now you must go to Kishkinda, and you get married to a great monkey warrior king. His name is Ketari, and you become his wife. There is a big plan for you.”

She came down, and she met Ketari who was jumping for some fruits, and she appeared on top of the tree. Then they had some talk, and they got married. When she was in the body of a monkey she was known as Anjana. They were living for a long time, but they were having no children. Ketari went on performing austerities to please Lord Indra so that he could get a son. He wanted a very powerful son, so he was doing meditation.

While he was doing meditation, Vayu came, and somehow or other, in his invisible form, he managed to give the conception to Anjana. Anjana felt someone holding her, and she said, “Who is this person? You must come before me otherwise I will curse you.”

So then Vayu came before her and said, “Your curse will be gone only when you deliver a strong person, and I am giving you that person. So close your eyes and take this conception. Then deliver your baby and you can return to the heavenly planets. You do not want this?” And then she remembered all her previous activities. She took that conception, and what was this conception? It was originally conceived by Lord Siva, carried by Vayu for so long, and Vayu gave it to her, so it was Vayu’s son and it was Siva’s angsha, or expansion.

And then Anjaneya was born. As soon as he was born he grew into a sixteen year old boy. That was the potency of Lord Siva. So then Anjana immediately rose up to go to the heavens, and Anjaneya caught hold of her cloth and said, “Wait a minute, where are you going? You gave birth to me, and now you are leaving? What will I eat?”




Author: ramanan50

Retired Senior Management Professional. Lectures on Indian Philosophy,Hinduism, Comparative Religions. Researching Philosophy, Religion. Free lance Writer.Blogger

One thought on “Hanuman, Son Of Shiva”

  1. Whoever wrote this story will do it in reality. ( Ex : God Shiva took Monkey form ) . God Shiva never comes to this world to destroy. Simple reasons, Auras destroyed in the past and now the Humans.

    God Allah == God Shiva ( Never comes to this worlds to destroy it) . His followers are doing it anyways ( Ex : Future Oil Fields @ Mecca ).



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