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How did Deity Maruti acquire the name Hanuman?

‘There is no mention of Deity Hanumān made anywhere in Vēdic literature. Researchers feel that Hanumant” must be the Sanskrut form of a Tamil word. When translating Dravidian words into Sanskrut there is a practice of mostly prefixing the alphabet “h” to the word, for instance Idumbika (proud woman) becomes Hidimba, so also Anmandi (an meaning monkey and mandi meaning man) when translated to Sanskrut becomes Hanuman. Hanuman is also known as “Anumandan” in South India. This implies that “h” from the Sanskrut word has been omitted here.’ The story behind the birth of Deity Hanuman is given in Vālmīki Rāmāyan (Kishkindhakand, sarga 66) as follows: Anjani gave birth to Deity Hanuman. After birth, thinking that the rising sun was a golden fruit He leapt into the sky for it. That day being a solar eclipse (parvatithi) Rāhu (the dragon’s head) had come to engulf the sun. Thinking that Hanuman was another Rahu Deity Indra attacked Him with His thunderbolt. It struck Deity Hanuman’s chin (hanuvati) which got cut and developed a cleft. Thus he acquired the name Hanuman. Click here to read more.

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