Monday, December 17, 2007

Swallowing Sun

As a child, Hanuman was inmmensely naughty. He was not aware of powers vested into him. He would take any chance to entertain himself and nothing was impossible for him. Once he wondered at the brightness of the sun and assuming the sun to be a ripe fruit, he once took flight to catch hold of it to eat. Being son of Vayu, he was able to leap great heights and flow with the wind. So he reached the sun and tried to swallow it as a child would swallow fruit. Indra, the king of gods observed this. He hurled his weapon, the Vajra (thunderbolt) at Hanuman, which struck his jaw. He fell back down to the earth and became unconscious. This upset his father Vayu greatly. To mourn his son's hurt, Vayu went into seclusion taking along with him all the atmosphere and the constituents of it. This caused a lot of peril to the living beings dependent upon air and oxygen. As living beings began to get asphyxiated, to pacify Vayu, Indra withdrew the effect of his thunderbolt, and the devas revived Hanuman and blessed him with multiple boons. However, a permanent mark was left on his chin (hanuhH in Sanskrit).

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