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    Hanuman Blessed by Bhairava/Mahakala?

    Namaste all.

    I can recall reading somewhere that when all the devas had gathered together to bless Hanumanji after Indra had struck him with the vajra, Mahakala blessed Hanuman so that time would never affect the appearance of his body and he would be forever youthful. Is this from Valmiki Ramayana or a different version of the tale, and if so which version?

    Thanks in advance for any answers.

    Aum Namah Shivaya.

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    Re: Hanuman Blessed by Bhairava/Mahakala?

    Namaste.


    You can read Hanumān's birth story from Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa here: http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/k...a_66_frame.htm


    The only two boons Hanumān received are from Brahma (no weapon can destroy him) and Indra (chiranjeevi).


    प्रसादिते च पवने ब्रह्मा तुभ्यम् वरम् ददौ |
    अशस्त्र वध्यताम् तात समरे सत्य विक्रम || ४-६६-२७


    "Oh, chivalric warrior at war, while the Air-god is being supplicated, oh, dear boy, Brahma gave you a boon decreeing your 'indestructibility by any missile...' [4-66-27]


    वज्रस्य च निपातेन विरुजम् त्वाम् समीक्ष्य च |
    सहस्र नेत्रः प्रीत आत्मा ददौ ते वरम् उत्तमम् || ४-६६-२८
    स्वच्छंदतः च मरणम् तव स्यात् इति वै प्रभो |


    "On scrutinising that you are unhurt even after hit by Thunderbolt, oh, ablest Hanuma, the Thousand-eyed Indra kind-heartedly gave you a choicest boon saying that your death occurs only by your own volition... [4-66-28, 29a]

    You said:


    Quote Originally Posted by Baobobtree View Post


    Mahakala blessed Hanuman so that time would never affect the appearance of his body and he would be forever youthful...


    Assuming for a second the above to be true, Hanumān would have recognized he's special (by comparing his ageless body with others around him) so he wouldn't have forgotten his powers in first place i.e., Jāmbavān needn't remind Hanumān of his hidden powers.


    Quote Originally Posted by Baobobtree View Post


    Is this from Valmiki Ramayana or a different version of the tale, and if so which version?


    Must be from a different version of Rāmāyaṇa but I don't know which one. As per this article there are 300 variants of Rāmāyaṇa: http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft3j49n8h7;brand=eschol

    - SV
    Last edited by svh; 11 January 2017 at 02:35 PM.

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