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Hanuman in Jainism

Anfostar Team Fri Nov 11, 2022
Hanuman in Jainism
Hanuman in Jainism

Poumacharya (also known as Pouma Charu or Padmacharita), the Jain version of the Ramayana written by Vimalasuri, mentions Hanuman not as a divine monkey, but as a Vidyadhara (a supernatural being, Mrigamarichika in Jain cosmology).

as has been done. He is the son of Pawangati (wind god) and Anjana Sundari.

Anjana gives birth to Hanuman in a forest cave, after being exiled by her in-laws. His maternal uncle saved him from the forest; Riding on her Vimana, Anjana accidentally drops her child on a cliff.

However, the child remained incomplete even though the rock was missing. The child is brought up in Hanurha.

The major differences in Hindu texts are: Hanuman is a supernatural figure in Jain texts, (Rama is a pious Jain who never kills anyone, and it is Lakshmana who kills Ravana.) Hanuman meets and learns about him.

After that become a supporter of Ram. Sita's abduction by Ravana. He goes to Lanka on Rama's behalf, but is unable to convince Ravana to leave Sita.

Eventually, he joins Rama in the war against Ravana and performs many heroic deeds. Later Jain texts, such as the Uttarapurana (9th century CE) Gunabhadra and Anjana-Pavananjaya (12th century CE), tell the same story.

(In several versions of the Jain Ramayana legend, there are passages explaining Hanuman, and Rama (called Pauma in Jainism), (in these versions Hanuman eventually renounces all social life and becomes a Jain ascetic).

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