Lord Hanuman, also named as ‘Lord Anjaneyar’ is an ardent devotee of God Rama (Lord Vishnu). He is described as the son of the Wind-God Vaayu. Lord Hanuman is known as different names in several languages. Some of the names corresponding to its languages are ‘Anuman’ (Tamil), ‘Hanumantha’ (Kannada), ‘Hanumanthudu’ (Telugu), ‘Anoman’ (Indonesian), ‘Andoman’ (Malay) and ‘Hunlaman’ (Lao). Lord Hanuman was the only son of Goddess Anjana, hence the names ‘Anjaneya’, ‘Anjanaiputra’, ‘Anjaneyar’ (Tamil), ‘Anjaneyudu’ (Telugu), ’Anjanisuta’ all meaning “The Son of Goddess Anjana”. Lord Hanuman is mentioned as one of the ‘Chiranjivi’ (An immortal living being in Hinduism who is to remain alive on Earth till its very end).
Lord Hanuman is mentioned in both the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. He is regarded as an avatar of the God Shiva in the Sanskrit texts. He is also mentioned as the ideal devotee (bhakta) of Lord Rama. He is worshiped as a lifelong Brahmachari (celibate). It is believed that Lord Hanuman’s celibacy is the source of His strength and hence became popular among the wrestlers in India. God Rama describes many attributes of Lord Hanuman’s personality. They are as follows:
- Ablest sentence maker
- The knower of all Vedas and Scriptures
- Scholar in nine schools of grammars
- Possessing faultless speech and facial features
List of the famous Lord Hanuman Temples are:
- Suchindram Thanumalayan Temple – Tamilnadu
- Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar Temple – Tamilnadu
- Nanganallur Sri Anjaneyar Temple – Tamilnadu
- Sri Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place – Delhi
- Shri Hanuman Temple, Sarangpur – Gujarat
Thanumalayan Temple is located at ‘Suchindram’, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu dedicated to Lord Hanuman and also named as ‘Suchindram Lord Anjaneyar Temple’. The meaning of the name Suchindram is “Purify”, which is derived from Sanskrit. Thanumalayan Temple is also called as ‘Sthanumalayan Temple’. The name Sthanumalayan indicates ‘Trimurtis’ (Three Gods). The statue of Lord Hanuman stands majestically at a height of 22 feet, which is carved of a single block of granite. The 22 feet tall statue of Lord Hanuman at this temple is revered as one of the tallest statues in India.
Namakkal Sri Anjaneyar Temple is located at Namakkal in Tamilnadu state, dedicated to Lord Hanuman.’Lord Anjaneyar’ is the another name of Lord Hanuman. The name Namakkal was said to be derived from the word “Namagiri”, a single rock formation at the middle of the town. Namakkal is popular for the huge statue of Lord Hanuman, which stands at a height of 18 feet. And the specialty is the statue is made out of a single stone and stands out to an open sky, no roofs are built for Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman was always decorated with His favorite tulasi garlands, betel garlands and is offered with milk, ghee, honey etc.
Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple, also named as Viswaroopa Adhivyadhihara Bhaktha Anjaneyar Temple is located at Nanganallur in chennai of Tamilnadu state, dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Who is also named as ‘Lord Anjaneyar’. The presiding deity of this Nanganallur Anjaneyar Temple was believed to be installed in the year 1989 and was declared sacred in the year 1995 with the blessings of Sri Ragavendra swami and Sri Kanchi Paramacharyar. The presiding deity Lord Hanuman’s idol was made from a single piece of granite which stands at a height of 32 feet.
Sri Hanuman temple is located at Connaught Place, one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi, India, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This ‘Sri Hanuman Temple’ is widely known as ‘Pracheen Hanuman Mandir’ and also revered as one of the five temples of Mahabharata (one of the major Sanskrit epics of ancient India) days in Delhi. The presiding deity of Sri Hanuman Temple is Lord Bala Hanuman, in the form of a child and the idol is believed to be self-manifested. The presiding deity of this temple is popularly called as Sri Hanuman Ji Maharaj, the Great Lord Hanuman.
Shri Hanuman Temple is located at Sarangpur, Gujarat, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is said that the idol of Lord Hanuman was installed by Sadguru Gopalanand Swami in this Shri Hanuman Temple. And it is also said that when Sadguru Gopalanand Swami touched the idol of Lord Hanuman with a rod, the image came alive and moved. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Hanuman in the form of Kastbhanjan, the Crusher of sorrows, with moustache, squashing a female demon under His foot.