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Hanuman: Hero. Monkey. God


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Hanuman, the Monkey
A Statue of Hanuman

Hanuman is the ever-living (Chiranjeevi) son of  Lord Vayu and remains a very popular deity among Hindus. A bachelor and a fiercely loyal devotee himself (to Rama), his heroics in the war of Ramayan have inspired several tales of Indian mythology. Hanuman is the only character that appears in both the Hindu epics, the Ramayan and the Mahabharat, which are spread across millennia.


Hanuman in Indian Art

Painting of Hanuman from a Temple Wall
Hanuman Meets Rawana
Hanuman Meets Rawana

Hanuman, the Monkey
Hanuman, the Monkey
Hanuman in Indian Art
Hanuman in Obeyance
Detail from a Mysore Traditional Painting, Nanjanagudu

Kavi Art Mural on a Temple Wall
Kavi Art Mural on a Temple Wall
Ramayana Sculpture
Hanuman, Laxman, and Jatayu attending to Rama
Bhatkal temple sculpture of 16th century A.D.

A Hanuman sculpture on top of Rama temple, Goa
A Hanuman sculpture on top of Rama temple, Goa
A man dressed as hanuman
A man dressed as hanuman

A Lamp Post near Hanuman Temple,

Hanuman's Relatives

Hanuman Monkey Mask
See Also: Masks of India
Indian Monkey Mask

Sculpture of Hanuman

Hanuman the Son of Wind God
Deity Hanuman the Son of Wind God
Hanuman with gadha in street procession
Hanuman with gadha in street procession

Hanuman Mistakes the Sun for a Fruit
Painting by Balasaheb Pant Pratinidhi
Tales from Indian Mythologies
Hanuman Finds Sita
Anjaneya handing over Sita's Ornament at Ashoka Gardens
Mysore Traditional Painting, Mysore

Folk Artists as Ramayan Characters
Actors dressed as Rama, Lakshaman, Sita and Hanuman
Ramayana Street Play
Hanuman Fights King Rawanas Army
Hanuman Fights King Rawana's Army
18th Century Mysore Traditional Art. Ramayana War in Indian Art

Painted Hanuman
Painted Hanuman
Hanuman in Indian Mythology
Hanuman Meets Sita in Ashoka Garden
A Temple Sculpture from Kurudumalai

The Tricking of Sita
Hoysala period sculpture shows Rawana's people showing two heads to Sita, claiming that Rama and Lakshman are dead.
Ramayana in Sculptural Art
Hanuman in Temple Art
Decpiction of Hanuman in Kavi Art Form
Hanuman carrying a club (Gada) and a flag

Hanuman takes Rama's Ring to Sita
Depiction of Ramayana in Indian Art
Hanuman Meets Sita
Sculpture from Khetapai Narayan Temple
Hanuman Meets Rawana, Bhatkal Temple Sculpture
Notice the multiple faces of the king and Hanuman using his tail to make seat higher than the king

A character of Hanuman in Bayalata, 1985
A character of Hanuman in Bayalata, 1985

See Also:

  • Indian Mythologies -- Pictures and tales from the Indian mythologies including Hindu epics of Mahabharata, Ramayana

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