Hanuman, Anjaneya and Maruti are the most well-
known names of this divine personality. Each name holds a
Being the son of Anjana Devi, he is known as Anjaneya.
In Sanskrit, anjana means affection and love. Therefore,
Anjaneya is one who creates affection or pure happiness.
Hanu means the upper jaw in Sanskrit. Hanuman, or
Hanumanta, means the. one whose jaw is swollen. Hanu
has another meaning-jnana or knowledge. Hence, Lord
Hanuman is the one who has perfect divine knowledge. Plus,
hanu means one who destroys. Hanuman is also an aspect
of the deity Lord Shiva, who is known as the Annihilator. So
Lord Hanuman is the destroyer or remover of sins and
Marut means air in Sanskrit. As Lord Hanuman is
the son of Vayu, the wind god, he became known as Maruti.
Maruts is also a name used to refer to the wind devatas
(celestials or angels), so Maruti is one who has the aspects
of all the celestials.
Ma means Goddess Mother Lakshmi, the consort of
Lord Vishnu, and Hanuman is an aspect of Lord Vishnu.
Ma also means auspicious and tuti means sound; combined,
Maruti means the one who gives out auspicious sound
(omkara). Ruti also means sorrow in Sanskrit, so yet and-
other meaning for Maruti is the remover of sorrows.
By simply examining the meaning of his names, one
can immediately understand Lord Hanuman's principal and philosophy. To realize these aspects to a fuller
extent, we turn to what has been written about his life.
The most familiar information is from two chapters in
the "Valmiki Ramayana" (Sundara Kanda and Uttara Kanda).
However, this. represents only a small slice of Lord Hanuman's
life, so most people do not have a comprehensive perspective or understanding of him. In addition to the multiple
"Ramayana’s." accounts of Lord Hanuman's life can be found
in many other sacred texts, such as the "Parasara Samhita"
and "Puranas." Those details have been compiled in this
The most astonishing aspect of Lord Hanuman is that
he is cirenjivi (immortal) in all the yugas (ages), i.e., Kruta,
Ireta, Dvapara and Kali (the current age). In every kalpa
(cycle of four yuges), Lord Vishnu incarnates as Sri Rama.
Whenever Lord Rama incarnates, Hanuman assumes his
form and renders service to him. That is why Hanuman is
known as the best of Ramada as (servants of Lord Rama).
Although somewhat astonishing and unbelievable, this
is an established truth. To understand this wonderful truth,
let us study the life and history of Lord Hanuman.
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