We of course have to share Tim Miller’s retelling of Hanuman’s birth:
Anjana’s pregnancy went smoothly, and, at sunrise on the full moon day of Chaitra (April), Hanuman was born. Anjana’s form immediately began to change. Realizing that she had only a few precious moments with her son, Anjana took Hanuman in her arms and said, “Little Anjaneya, you are an avatar of Shiva and have come to this world as a saviour. It breaks my heart to say that I can never be a true mother to you, but your father, Vayu, will attend to all your needs.” Hanuman looked at his mother’s vanishing form with tears in his eyes and asked, “Who will show me the ways of the world, who will be my mother?”
Yeah, I picked the poignant part. Tim will be celebrating Hanuman Jayanti on Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. When will you be celebrating?
Somewhere I have a nice picture of a rare image — Hanuman and Anjana, from a temple in Varanasi. I’ll try to find it for Friday.
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