Meaning of “Hanuman”

Hanuman is often termed as the original superman. The word ‘Hanuman’ is derived from the Sanskrit language which means “the person with a broken cheek or disfigured jaw”. Lord Hanuman received this name after Lord Indra disfigured his jaw with his Vjara Ayudha (thunderbolt).

Scholars believe that “ha” refers to “supreme spirit” which is another name for Lord Shiva and “nu” means “the one which infuses” , “man” means “manifested”.

A famous shloka related to the word Hanuman is:

Swayam ke maan ka hanan kar,

yani swayam ke maan ki parwah Na kar,

 swami bhakti karana ka naam he Hanuman.



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