Re: Sri Hanuman and Lord Shiva-Any relation?
Namaste, I thank you all for sharing your knowledge on this topic and it seems that various traditions have different opinions.As Believer Ji said, it is somewhat difficult to create family trees of Devi-Devas and as he said in the end all are divine forms. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___ Sri Hanumanta is a very popular deity and I have observed that most Hanuman bhaktas are are very disciplined.Also,I have seen that many gyms today have pictures of Hanuman ji for inspiring people to be fit and healthy.There are many things one can learn from Sri Hanuman. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____ (EM Ji,what you say is true,Avatara i.e. Lord Shiva taking a human form/birth is not found in Shaiva traditions.However,Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati assume many forms(sometimes human like) for the benefit of world through a phenomena called as Lila or divine play,best example is Mother Parvati.King Himavan and Mena Devi did tapas and wished that Para Shakti be born as their daughther.The Shakti of Lord Shiva appeared before them in Vishwarupa(great cosmic form encompassing everything & having innumerable forms,faces,hands etc.).They requested that great Tejas to take the form of a lady and She became Hymavathi(daughter of Himavan) or Parvati(daugther of Himalaya Parvata Raja) with a humanlike form.Though there is no birth in the human way,she projected Herself as a person.This concept in Saivism is similar to Avatara theory found in other systems.The Saiva scriptures say that the purpose of such leelas is Loka hitam(for doing good to the world).
He dances in the golden hall of Chidambaram, Let us worship His rosy anklet girt Feet.