God Hanuman who plays a crucial role in the great epic of Hinduism the Ramayana, is an ardent devotee of Sri Rama and his consort Sita. Known for his valor, wisdom and devotion to duty, no doubt, he is being worshipped across India by devotees with deep devotion. In almost all towns and cities of India there are shrines exclusively dedicated to Sri Hanuman and invariably most of them have a a small idol installed in the garbagriha. Thee are shrines that have medium size Hanuman idol measuring up to 10 to 15 feet in height. Across India only a handful of places have gigantic statue of Sri Hanuman whose height is more than 90 feet, in variably made of stone. Such huge statues of Sri Hanuman attract the attention of devotees who visit such shrines to take his blessings to give them strength and mental prowess to face unsolved problems and mental agony in their lives. Such huge idols of Sri Hanuman, besides being awe-inspiring, is also a source of solace and tranquillity for countless devotees. He also goes by the name of monkey god.
Since Sri Hanuman is a celibate God, his idol is normally not worshipped at Hindu homes. Devotees make tulasi mala, butter as offerings to him at his temples. To have their wish fulfilled or upon fulfilment of their wish, devotees offer Vada Mala (garland) consisting of 101 or 1001 small vadas and so on. The vadas are made by temple priests upon prior request and payment of cost of making the Prasadam. In Tamil Nadu at certain Anjanaya temples, it has been a tradition among college students, in particular, to make vada mala offering as a way of expressing their gratitude to Sri Hanuman for their success in tough exams. Here, the driving force is trust and positive approach, further strengthened by Bhakti.
|Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman, Vijayawada. .hindufaqs.com|
|Hanuman statue, Jakhu hills. megaconstrucciones.net|
|Hanuman statue, Jakhu Hills, Shimla hindufaqs.com|
|Shri Sankat Mochan Hanuman statue, Delhi. hindufaqs.com|
|idol Hanuman Murti at Nandura in Maharashtrahindufaqs.com|
01. The other tall statues of Hanuman above 75 feet are 104 feet tall Hanuman idol of Dham Shahjahanpur, UP and 80 feet tall statue of Hanuman of the Ram Tirath temple at Amritsar in Punjab.
03. Pawanputra Hanuman is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva and is considered to be an embodiment of of strength, devotion, and perseverance. He is seranjeevi - ever living and is fond of meditating upon lord Rama.
04. In the Kurushetra war in the Mahabharata, Arujuna's chariot was adorned with the flag displaying the image of Sri. Hanuman.