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Stock post message.svg To-do list for Hanuman: edit  · history  · watch  · refresh
  • Create inline references for statements lacking sources.
  • Fix grammar and spelling mistakes.
  • Remove multiple wikilinks per MOS.
  • Shorten story sections, expand sections that provide historical and social context.
  • Add picture of his alleged sighting in the Himalayas with information.

Hanuman rational view[edit]

Hanuman and "vanaras' are actually non aryan "gothras" that supported Rama. they may be a "tottam" worshipping group like nagas,kadambas etc.some time the fair aryans called them vanaras(monkeys) because of their colour ,body shape etc.but we can see that " jadau" etc they are also tottam worshipping groups in central India.the capital of vanaras were in present day Karnataka. we can see that rakshasas, asuras,yavanas, nagas, gandarvas( the people from gandara desha ie present day Afganistan,they are very handsom) etc are different races mentioned in "Mahabaratha and Ramayana". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.236.136.18 (talk) 13:28, 9 July 2008 (UTC)



I added devanagari for Hanuman. If anyone wants, I can do more, but only if requested. I don't want to clutter the page with ?????? for those without unicode. Similarly, is Änjanèya supposed to be Āñjaneya (अाञ्जनेय)? Is the e-grave a stress mark? I know Hindi but will admit Sanskrit is way out of my realm - just wondering. Give me proper transliteration (IAST or ITRANS) or verse numbers and I can enter the Sanskrit in Devanagari to the verse given as well. Khiradtalk 11:59, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Writing style...[edit]

The belief of many of a particular religion being termed as a "concept" in the very first line is in poor interest —Preceding unsigned comment added by Novembergosh (talkcontribs) 01:35, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

This page is about mythology. However, there are no qualifiers in any of the sentences. The sentences are stated like facts when they should be stated as beliefs to adhere to NPOV. Ex: "He is easily reachable - Just by chanting the name - 'Ram'." This sentence decribes a belief and not an undisputed fact. It should have been stated as "In Hinduism it is believed that Hanuman can be reached by chanting the name 'Ram'." The article needs to rewritten to take this into account. Bshengan 17:51, 7 March 2006 (UTC)Bshengan

  • This page certainly needs help, but IMHO, most definitely not of the type you suggest. Qualifiers like "in Hinduism" beginning the article and scattered throughout are more than enough to inform a reader that beliefs in Hanuman's existence and nature are based in a particular faith and are not (necessarily) objective fact. Articles about characters from Christian mythology are not treated any differently. For instance, "At the height of his ministry, Jesus attracted huge crowds..." and "Jesus was condemned for blasphemy...". This article (like many other Hindu-faith articles) suffers from poor grammar, dropped words and difficult syntax, but I see no POV violations. Kevin/Last1in 18:37, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I agree with the original complaint by user Bshengan: this article has a lot of good material in it, but it is an advocacy piece; its non-neutral point of view is inppropriate for an encyclopedia entry. As presently written the article is "tractarian": it represtents the point of view of an adherant. It needs editing to reduce it's language to the moderacy appropriate for an encyclopedia entry. The use of the bold phrase "Lord" (such as Lord Rama and Lord Siva, etc.) is especially inappropriate since those phrases are not used in scholarly works on Hinduism, when the scholar's religion is not Hindu. User Kevin/Last1in, above, gives what may be a valid criticism, but the connection made is doubtful to me: Jesus of Nazareth is a historical person who has become the subject of a mythology, and Hanuman is an exclusively a mythological character. Be that as it may, if articles on Jesus of Nazareth have faults, it does not excuse the same faults in other articles: if it remains as Kevin/Last1in describes, then the conclusion that I come to is that both the articles on Jesus and this article on Hanuman need to be toned down. Tom Lougheed 16:39, 19 April 2006 (UTC)



Prove that jesus existed.--Dangerous-Boy 03:23, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I think that's a very important and valid issue, that you should raise on the talk page for the article on Jesus. The issue for this talk page is how to fix this article on Hanuman so that it is not tractarian. Tom Lougheed 19:03, 5 June 2006 (UTC)
  • I agree that an encyclopaedia should not present any particular point of view as a fact that is "rammed down the throats" of those who do not adhere to it. As far as this article is concerned, I believe that by the presence of phrases like 'in Hinduism', 'in the Hindu faith' , etc... at several places in the article, this end is achieved. I have been editing this article every now and then by adding material, 'tightening' the language and making grammatical corrections to the best of my ability. I do not think that it is appropriate to insist that a non-believer write an article merely in order to 'ensure neutrality'; it is very possible that a non-adherent may present his/her own views. -- 69.81.17.22 21:21, 10 June, 2006.
  • i completely agree with Kelvin. Also when the article is about a mythological character/event, one must be wise enough to understand that everything is believed to be true and that the author or the adherents, for that matter, can provide no proof of the stated. Moreover it does not reflect in any way whatsoever that the author is "ramming things down the readers' throat." What is stated is most widely accepted and believed. This must be enough. I hope the objectionists shall understand that it is illiterary to state, "It is believed..." before every sentence in the text.i would add that the article is quite comprehensive and still sticks to the subject well.

--202.65.145.4 00:02, 23 June 2006 (UTC) himanshu

  • Also i think dangerous boy has a point here. It looks like Mr. Lougheed is hedging from answering Dangerous Boy when he expresses concern about the appropriateness of the question/challenge raised by DB here on this page. There is no substantial proof of Jesus' existence apart from the records deemed Holy. He must answer/accept the question/challenge when he states, "Jesus of Nazareth is a historical person who has become the subject of a mythology".Also to add to his knowledge i would state that on several ocasions exsistence of Hanuman has been verified by people in the recent past. But if words of mouth or of the ancient scriptures be considered "non-scientific evidence", i suppose all befiefs whether about Hanuman or Jesus or Allah can be questioned. --202.65.145.4 00:27, 23 June 2006 (UTC) himanshu

Legend of Icarus It is obvious that there exists a tradition of incorporating ideas and values from other civilizations not only now but even in the ancient world. This is obvious in the interesting similarities that abound in the legend of Hanuman jumping towards the sky and Icarus, from Greek mythology, also doing the same thing. Both of them, not surprisingly, are injured in the process. So I've added this in the section under "Childhood, Education and Curse". It is of course debatable as to who drew from whom but the point is moot as long as people have a recourse to both ideas.Sriram sh 10:26, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Start of cleanup[edit]

I moved a lot of the intro into a new section called "Beliefs about Hanuman" and placed it near the end of the article. This should address some of the concerns above and allow us to get rid of a lot of the icky passive voice statments.

This article still needs:

  • sources for certain statements.
  • grammar checking
  • more reduction of multiple links
  • some shortening is probably in order also.

TheRingess 01:09, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

Ramayana war legend[edit]

It seemed best to just make this section a kind of spoiler (but not needing the warning) by putting the story into story telling voice using present tense and cleaning up the passives; and by heading the selected incidents since they are about attributes of Hanuman as much as a divinity's relationship with humans according to legend. Whether it was written then or read now, the Ramayana still "recounts", so to speak. Anyway I got carried away and kept on with it. To me, it sits better this way.

About the Jesus tip - I like that one. Documents and records prove Jesus was an historical figure, much as Buddha and others like that, but interpretations of that kind of reputation is something else again. Julia Rossi 01:06, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Regarding request for peer review[edit]

The article in general does not provide references for most of the content. Hanuman is such an important figure he could certainly get more complete citations. In general there does not seem to be good differentiation between material in primary scriptural sources and devotee impressions about what those sources mean. This is common in the Hinudism articles and is not meant as a criticism, just an observation that much of the content was probably originally entered by devotees and can now be further cited by those who wish to do so. I am not sure of the criteria for good article status, but I would think the article would be stronger if it had more references. Buddhipriya 19:05, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for the comment. Perhaps you could include this comment on the articles peer review page. The criteria for a good article can be found by clicking on the quality scale link included as part of the WikiProject Hinduism template.TheRingess (talk) 19:10, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Presence of Hanuman[edit]

Removed the names of Raghavendra Swami, Tulasidas Satya Sai Baba from those that claim to be incarnations of Hanuman. Shri Raghavendra Swami is believed to be an incarnation of Prahalada, whereas Satya Sai Baba, claims that he's an incarnation of Shiva. In Hanuman Chalisa itself, Tulsidas says "Tulsidas sada hari chera" when translated means "Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master". Hence, no reason to put them as claiming to be incarnations of Hanuman. AFAIK, only Madhvacharya makes his claim to be an incarnation Vayu (and thus Hanuman).--Klnprasanna 11:17, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

"Only Madhvacharya makes his claim to be an incarnation Vayu (and thus Hanuman)."

Hanuman is considered an Avatar of Lord Shiva. Only Madhva claimed that Hanuman was an incarnation of Vayu. Armyrifle 23:13, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

As per Garuda P. 3.16.68. This ref. was removed from the article by someone. Madhva's followers claim 3.16.71 refers to Madhva. --Jan 82.208.2.214 (talk) 07:58, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Hanuman Box[edit]

Here is a new User box for Hanuman

Template:User Hanuman

Copy and add to your page!!!

ARUNKUMAR P.R 04:22, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Hanumat.jpg[edit]

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Golden Hammer[edit]

Does anyone know the name of the larg golden club like weapon he is seen wielding and its signifigance? Thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.250.130.215 (talk) 00:36, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Gada, its a type of Mace. Shabda —Preceding signed but undated comment was added at 06:07, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Internal Link to Ram Setu (bridge)[edit]

This article on Hanuman says "Hanuman appeared as a small talking monkey before Arjuna at Rameshwaram, where Sri Rama had built the great bridge to cross over to Lanka to rescue Sita. Upon Arjuna's wondering out aloud at Sri Rama's taking the help of monkeys rather than building a bridge of arrows, Hanuman (in the form of the little monkey) challenged him to build one capable of bearing him alone, and Arjuna, unaware of the monkey's true identity accepted."

Now when one clicks on the great bridge internal link, it goes to an article which has been recently re-named by some users as Adam's Bridge and has contents which clearly makes a suggestion that the Rama's bridge is a extremist Hindu or Sangh Parivar/Bajrang Dal agenda.

I fail to understand how a religion and faith-based article like Hanuman and the line mentioning the Rama Setu (bridge) is linking to a article which is named completely different and talking as if the whole story about Rama and the setu as an extremist agenda. Isn't this equivalent of say the Christianity article linking to an article on Easter which a) calls Easter by some other name and then b)talks about Easter & Resurrection (another unproven faith-based issue) as extremist Christian agenda? I do not have a problem with the article making it clear that its a 'Hindu Belief'

I and some other users have tried to re-name the article based on WP:NCON but have been pushed down by a couple of others. One user has tried to create another different article on the Rama Setu (as per hindu belief) but it was RE-DIRECTED to Adam's bridge. Now, I strongly feel that since this article on Hanuman is linking to Rama's bridge, that article should definitely be named Rama's Setu or Rama's bridge. This can be done by creating another different article about Rama Setu or by changing the name of the Adam's bridge article and making it NPOV by including Hindu beliefs. It is highly inaccurate and offensive to call thousands of years old belief of a billion people as an extremist agenda or labelling it as Sangh Parivar/Bajrang Dal etc. As most people might be aware, Hindus have been believing in Ram Setu much before Sangh Parivar came into existence. Even today non-sangh hindus and hindus outside India who have no connection with Indian politics believe in Rama and Ram Setu. With that being said, I strongly feel that this internal link in this article is highly inappropriate.RainDew 21:07, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

blah blah blah...
Let's lets focus on golden hammer for a second... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.250.130.215 (talk) 00:50, 24 September 2007 (UTC)


College chairman[edit]

I added this feather on his cap: Lord Hanuman on June 6, 2008, had been named official chairman of the Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, after the board of trustees failed to elect any of the other candidates.canadianpress.google.com, Indian business school names Hindu monkey god as its chairmanCollege President Pankaj Singh stated: “I believe in God, so whatever I do, I do in his name. I run my decisions through him too.” Hanuman was provided "his own air-conditioned chamber, a swivel chair and a full-time attendant. The board even reports to the chairman every day."ibnlive.com, Say lord and clear: This college's chairman is Hanuman--Florentino floro (talk) 08:44, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Is it "Hanuman" or "Hanumat"[edit]

Namaste! Is His name "Hanuman" or "Hanumat" in Sanskrit? Because at the begining two alternative spellings are provided. I have also heard of Him being called "Hanumantha". Could someone explain which name is correct? Thanks. Jai Hanumanji!! Kkrystian (talk) 12:02, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

It is just like in English, Joe is sometimes called Joey. Hanuman is the real name, Hanumat is a variation of the name Hanuman. Hanumantha appears to be a South Indian pronounciation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.8.88.81 (talk) 08:36, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Summoned to court[edit]

This god Hanuman along with another one called "Ram" was summoned to court. There's news links about it but no follow-up as to what happened next. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7132124.stm http://news.google.com/archivesearch?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tab=wn&q=%22Judge+Sunil+Kumar+Singh%22 Anyone knows?

I can't find an article on the other god "Ram" here so I don't know why there's no article on that diety. Nothing in wikipedia indicates what it is. --Are you ready for IPv6? (talk) 03:19, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Monkey = Racist metaphor for Dravidians (South Indians)[edit]

heard this, is it verifiable?, even if only as a fringe viewpoint--Mongreilf (talk) 17:03, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Vyasaraya Hanuman[edit]

We all know that Sri Vyasaraya Thirthar had installed 732 Hanuman idols all over india.The significance of his hanuman idols is that, small bell will be present in hanuman's tail. Can anyone help me were can i find the details of these 732 hanuman temples,the images of hanuman idols. kindly help!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vprashanth87 (talkcontribs) 04:29, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

Rewrite required[edit]

This article is in need of a complete rewrite and needs references better than "Sri Ramakrishna Math (1985): Hanuman Chalisa. Chennai (India): Sri Ramakrishna Math" which is widely cited., I will be doing this, will appreciate if other editors can lend a hand. Thanks. --Nvineeth (talk) 08:30, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Section on Hanuman and Shani[edit]

I agree with Nvineeth. However, the section on Hanuman and Shani need not be deleted. Raj2004 (talk) 19:17, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from Souryarayan, 12 August 2010[edit]

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Lord Hanuman was born in Hasta nakshatra.i will bring you the citation as soon as possible.for the time being, i can just say Lord Hanuman was very deft in mace combat,which is an attribute of this nakshatra,as well as his comical wit. Souryarayan (talk) 11:57, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Not done for now: Please create another request when you have the reliable source / citation. Thanks, Stickee (talk) 12:01, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

Indian wrestlers[edit]

In the temple/worship section it might be noted that Hanuman is a common deity represented in Indian wrestling gyms. See J.S Alter "The Wrestler's Body" http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft6n39p104&chunk.id=ch08&toc.depth=1&toc.id=ch08&brand=eschol (80.52.179.154 (talk) 14:17, 16 September 2010 (UTC))

Edit request from Rajkolli, 21 October 2010[edit]

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Under external links can you please add website www.jaihanuman.net

Rajkolli (talk) 23:49, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Not done: That site is hardly constructed at all and won't provide the reader with extra useful information. Thanks, Stickee (talk) 00:25, 23 October 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from Iamtheealmighty, 9 February 2011[edit]

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RAMA NAMA MAHATYAM[edit]

Lord Shiva addressed his wife, Parvati: sri rama rama rameti rame rame manorame; sahasra nama tat tulyam rama nama varanane "O Varanana (lovely-faced woman), I chant the holy name of Rama, Rama, Rama and thus constantly enjoy this beautiful sound. This holy name of Ramachandra is equal to one thousand holy names of Lord Vishnu." (Brhad-visnu-sahasranama-stotra, Uttara-khanda, Padma Purana 72.335)


Iamtheealmighty (talk) 14:59, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Not done: Not appropriate for an encyclopedia. -Atmoz (talk) 17:05, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Picture of hanuman[edit]

Hi,

I am not getting the picture of Hanuman when http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanuman

Instead I am getting a human being talking in a cellphone

Viswanath — Preceding unsigned comment added by Viswanath2006 (talkcontribs) 06:15, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Panchamukha Hanuman Kavacha (Devanagari, ITRANS, Harvad-Kyoto+Balaram with English translation)[edit]

Unpacked for those without antivirus: devanagari, ITRANS, Harvard-Kyoto and English translation, Balaram and English translation. If found proper to add, please do so.

Jan 89.176.207.223 (talk) 12:01, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

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Something is missing in this sentence[edit]

Hello, in the text of one sentence something seems to be missing: "The 17th century Oriya work Rasavinoda by Divakrsnadasa goes on to mention that the three gods – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – combined to the" (combined to what? I think the Trimurti?) "take the form of Hanuman".--217.13.79.226 (talk) 04:49, 16 July 2013 (UTC)

editing is boring hindu scrap books are boring and homework is boring — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.169.200.97 (talk) 17:21, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Should we include a kid being revered as Hanuman?[edit]

I am not sure if we post this onto the page, but perhaps in relation to the Kumari and the mistaken Ram Bahadur Bomjon, we should mention that a local cult in Chandigarh, India is hailing a 13 year old named Arshid Ali Khan as Hanuman (also calling him Balaji) or at least 'blessed' by the god because of his seven inch 'soft tail' who allegedly is being linked to miracles. I also propose this child is added to the List of people who have been considered deities along with another Indian man named Chandre Oraon who has a 14.5 inch actual hairy tail who is being revered as being the same monkey god (perhaps a phenomenon similiar to the Kumari?). (Arshid: nypost.com/2014/06/17/indian-teen-with-a-tail-worshiped-like-a-god ; Chandre: huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/07/chandre-oraon-_n_4745964.html) Riadse96 (talk) 02:28, 19 June 2014 (UTC)