Getting married to an atheist is not easy, there are times when you are happily chanting the holy recitals in a temple and your spouse is sitting beside you with a grumpy face. He is just there accompanying you because he was threatened that he won’t get his favorite mutton curry if he is not taking you to the temple. Those are the times when I regret why I didn't learn driving (it’s in process). Many of our festivals in Hinduism begin with worshiping our ‘bhagwanji’ (God in Hindi ) and so begins a debate on my home by my husband on why he should join me for the holy rituals ? My husband however has never objected in me being a blind follower of Lord Hanuman and as the time passes by is getting less impatient waiting for me outside the temple. Now sometimes he even comes inside with me. Though he does not chants any religious words but stands silently in a corner waiting for me to finish the prayers without creating a fuss.
In Hinduism there are many gods and goddesses, however Lord Hanuman is my favorite. Whenever I am stressed or troubled I chant Hanuman Chalisa (a devotional 40 verse song by Tulsidas based on Lord Hanuman as the model devotee of Lord Rama. The word "Chalisa" means 40 in Hindi, an Indian language. It has never failed me till date. I believe that whenever I read Hanuman Chalisa, it seems there is a positive energy around me, filling me with positive vibes. The Hanuman Chalisa is said to control the evil effects of Saturn.
I must admit, I first came to know more about Lord Hanuman from the television and not from any holy books or elders. During the 90's, there was a famous show called Ramayana which used to be aired on the television on every Sunday. This mythological show was about the story of the famous Lord Rama, how he met Lord Hanuman near the Pampa lake who was a minister in the court of the monkey king Sugriva and how Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman with the help of Lakshaman and the monkey army of king Sugriva defeated the strong and evil king of Lanka, Ravana who had abducted Lord Rama's wife Goddess Sita.
This show was so popular in India that roads used to be empty when ever this show was being aired. Many shops would be closed till the time the serial would be aired. Many old women and villagers would actually worship in front of the television whenever this epic serial was being aired. The actors of this serials were treated with great respect and they got famous in a fortnight. It is said that the people were so on influenced by the serial that the actor who was playing the role of the evil king of Lanka, Ravana was often being rescued by an angry mob who used to get angry on how he was mistreating the Goddess Sita in the episodes!
The only character who fascinated me was Lord Hanuman who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Earth is said to be formed by three gods. Lord Bhramha, the creator , Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer of evil. Lord Rama is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu whereas Lord Hanuman is said to be related to Lord Shiva.
Lord Hanuman was the son of Anjana. Lord Pavana, the god of wind was Lord Hanuman' s godfather. He was a naughty child and had once thought sun as a fruit and had tried to eat it! Enraged, the king of Gods attacked him and baby Hanuman fell down on the ground. When his godfather threatened to take away air from the earth, the Gods realized their mistake and thus blessed him with super strength, immortal and he became invincible. He was given the lessons on scriptures by the Sun God. It is said that he learned everything in 60 hours and was continuously moving as the Sun God could not stay in one place and had to move in his chariot every time. Lord Hanuman's role in searching Sita is very vital in Ramayana. He burned Lanka with his tail and defeated many monsters. The famous Sanjeevini booti was also bought by him in order to save Lakshaman, the younger brother of Lord Rama.
Lord Hanuman is the symbol of simplicity, strength and loyalty. His prayer Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most famous and strongest prayers in the world. As soon as you begin reciting them , you will feel a flow of positive energy running in your body.
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