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Lord Anjaneya, also called Shri Hanuman, is celebrated and worshipped by the Hindus He plays very important role in Ramayana (The Hindu Epic) in which he was very helpful in bringing back Devi Seetha, the consort of Lord Rama, from Shri lanka where She had been imprisoned by the demon Ravana.
In legend it is told that He is none other than the son of Lord Vayu, the God of Wind. He is saving all His faithful devotees from the ill fortunes and tribulations created by the malefic planets. It is said that he is as powerful as Lord Vinayaka who will also save His devotees from those malefic planets. Lord Anjaneya has an unique shape with monkey face and gigantic hairy body. He always has a weapon called Gadayutham on his right hand and some times he seems as flying over the sky by carrying Sanjeevi Hills on one hand and Gadayutham on the other one. In some other pictures this god is shown in a meditating position.
Lord Anjaneya is faithful follower and devotee of Lord Rama. He served Shri Rama and His consort Devi Seetha in difficult times and he is only God who brought Sanjeevi Hills when Laxman was struggling for his life. There is an interesting story behind it.
When Lord Rama and others were warring against Ravana to rescue Devi Seetha, one day Lord Laxman was wounded and went to unconscious state by the powerful throne which was hurled by Indrajit, son of demon Ravana. A sage from Rama's side urged to bring a certain medicinal leaves which would be only available at Sanjeevi Hills to save Laxman. Immediately Lord Anjaneya flew over the sky towards towards Sanjeevi Hills to bring the medicinal leaves. But, unfortunately He could not identify the required leaves. Then Lord Anjaneya came to a decision to carry the whole Sanjeevi hills on His hand and bring it where Lord Laxman was lying in the serious condition. Then, the sage went through the hills and collected the medicinal leaves which saved the life of Lord Laxman. Thus Lord Anjaneya did the timely help to save the life of Lord Laxman.
Lord Anjaneya is also told as the incarnation of Lord Shiva who wished to serve Lord Rama. Once Lord Vishnu incarnated to serve Lord Shiva and made him very happy. On seeing His faihful services and love, Lord Shiva decided to reciprocate the same to Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva pleased to Lord Vishnu to bless an opportunity to serve Him in His next incarnation. Thus, the great bakthi of Lord Vishnu on Lord Shiva made the other incarnation of Lord Shiva, Shri Anjaneya, to fulfil His services to His Lord Rama, the other incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The Hindu people celebrate and adorn Him in all the days of a week. Particularly on Thursdays and Saturdays the people decorate Him with a garland made of south indian oily recipe called 'vada' which is made of black grams, onions and spices like peppers.
At Sushindram and Nanganallur in Tamil Nadu, India there are famous temples for Lord Anjaneya.