My favourite Hindu diety and hero, Lord Hanuman is often referred to, in the west, as the ‘Monkey God’ (a term which I don’t like) – is considered to be an avatar (incarnation) of Bhagwan Shiv (Lord Shiva).
Story of Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman
He was born some time in Treta Tuga, (before Lord Rama) and is also one of the ancient Chiranjeevis (immortal being). Today his birthday is popularly known as Hanuman Jayanti all over the world.
You can view some Hanuman Jayanti images to share with family and friends.
To most Indians though, he is Shri Hanuman Ji, Bajrangbali or Pavanputra Hanuman. He has many other names but these are the most popular.
He played a very important role in the greatest Indian Epic, Ramayana, serving his Lord Rama and Mother Sita.
He is a personification of wisdom, strength, devotion, service and perseverance.
His qualities are all sung by Sant Tulsidas in the great poem, Shri Hanuman Chalisa, which you can read in my other post.
It is also believed that he still exists today, and will continue to do so until the end of Kal Yuga (age of Kali, the present age we’re living in, the age of pure ignorance).
I know it’s hard to believe in real spiritual experiences in modern times but I truly believe he exists still, and can be seen if you really want to see him, with devotional eyes only.
I found this article very interesting to read and an inspiration:
Hanuman Ji’s Darshan, Experience Shared By Devotees
He is attracted mostly by the continuous japa (chanting) of “Shri Ram” and is said to have appeared to many of his true devotees and saints, including to Goswami Tulsidas Ji.
You can get his idol darshan of Lord Hanuman Ji from any of the many, beautiful Hindu temples in London, UK, or the rest of the world.