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Goddess Anjana Devi

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About Anjana Devi

Anjana Devi is the mother of the monkey hero Hanuman, who played a pivotal role in the fabled Hindu epic ‘The Ramayana’. Legend states that Anjana Devi was an ‘Apsara’ in an earlier avatar and was born as a vanara princess on earth. She was subsequently married to Kesari, a vanara chief. It is believed that the essence of Lord Shiva was transferred into Anjana’s womb by ‘Vayu’ the wind God. Anjana thus gave birth to Sri Hanuman, a divine incarnation of Lord Shiva who descended to earth in this form to help Lord Shri Rama in his search for Devi Sita.

Goddess Anjana is revered as a family deity in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and accorded the status of a Mother Goddess. The fabled ‘Masrer’ temple near Dharamshala is dedicated to her, since it is said that she visited the place and stayed there for a short while. Much to her chagrin, her divine status was soon discovered and revealed to all by one of the villagers. Thus, she left the place and turned that particular villager into stone, which remains as mute testimony to the fact to this day. The scorpion serves as her vehicle and many villagers worship Anjana Devi after being bitten by the creature.

Story of Anjana Devi

Anjana Devi was the daughter of Ahalya and Sage Gautama. She was also the sister of the two mighty monkey kings Sri Vali and Sugreeva. All these characters played an important role in The Ramayana which narrates the story of Lord Rama’s quest for his wife, Devi Sita. When Anjana was married to Kesari, she subsequently gave birth to Sri Hanuman the monkey hero. Hanuman is thus also known as ‘Anjaneyar’, Anjani Putra and ‘Kesari Nandana’ after his parents. This illustrious son of Anjana Devi is fabled for his selfless devotion and dedication to Lord Sri Rama, and forms the stuff of folklore even till today. After Devi Sita was rescued from Sri Lanka, Hanuman dedicated his life to serve the Divine couple and became an inseparable part of their lives.

To Participate

The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.

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