Hanuman - An Introduction

Hanuman - An Introduction

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Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Vakils, Freffer & Simons
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 144
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818711147X


Hanuman, the lord of monkeys, is one of the few gods in Hinduism to be worshipped across caste lines by followers of the Shaiva, Vaishnava and Shakta orders. He is admired for his strength, scholarship, wisdom, humility and celibacy.

This book is an attempt to understand the imagery, ritual and philosophy associated with Hanuman worship in our time. At its heart is a single narrative on the life of the monkey-god woven out of plots and ideas found in the Valmiki Ramayana, Mahabharata, various Puranas and several vernacular Ramakathas. Also included are tales found in Jain Ramayanas and the Ramayanas of South East Asia.

Highlights include lucid explanations, a map showing the traditional journey of Rama to Lanka through Kishkinda, the text and translation of the Hanuman Chalisa, and over 100 illustrations, many of them in colour.




1. The Hanuman Heritage.
2. Birth of Hanuman.
3. Hanuman Befriends Sugriva.
4. Hanuman Meets Rama.
5. Hanuman leaps across the sea.
6. Hanuman finds Sita.
7. Hanuman builds the bridge.
8. Hanuman battles Ravana.
9. Hanuman in Ayodhya.
10. Hanuman after Rama.
11. Many facets of Hanuman.
12. Attributes of Hanuman.
13. Worship of Hanuman.
14. Relevance of Hanuman today.