Lord Hanuman is one of the most important deities who are worshipped in Hinduism. Lord Hanuman is most popularly known as an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and He is a central figure of Hindu epic Ramayana. He is one of the Chiranjivi(s) i.e. immortal living beings who are to remain alive on the Earth forever.
Devotees of Lord Hanuman are known as Hanuman Bhakta. Lord Hanuman is considered a lifelong Brahmachari. It is believed that He has taken the vow to celibate throughout His life and to remain an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. Hence, Lord Hanuman is the most significant deities for those who have taken the vow of celibacy especially among male devotees.
Lord Hanuman is also known as Mahavira, Bajrangbali, Anjaneya (आञ्जनेय), Pawan Putra, Anjaniputra, Kesari Nandan and Maruti (मारुति).
It is believed that Lord Hanuman was born during Chaitra Purnima just after sunrise during weekday Mangalwar. He was born during Chitra Nakshatra and Mesha Lagna.
Lord Hanuman is the son of Mata Anjana and Kesari. He is also described as the son of Vayu Deva i.e. the wind god.
Lord Hanuman is lifelong Brahmachari. Lord Hanuman dedicated his life in the service of Lord Rama and he never got married.
Lord Hanuman resembles with a monkey in appearance. He is portrayed in red complexion and a twisted tail similar to a Vanara. He is depicted with a Gada i.e. a mace.
The Mool Mantra of Lord Hanuman -
ॐ श्री हनुमते नमः॥
Om Shri Hanumate Namah॥
Apart from Mool Mantra there are also other Hanuman Mantra(s) which are chanted to appease Lord Hanuman.
Hanuman Chalisa, Sunderkand and Bajarang Baan are the most popular hymns to praise and seek blessings of Lord Hanuman.
Panchamukhi Hanuman is one of the popular forms of Lord Hanuman. As per the legends, Lord Hanuman assumed Panchamukhi form to kill demon Mahiravana. Panchamukhi, which means having five faces, represents Lord Hanuman with five faces, with Shri Varaha facing north, Shri Narasimha facing south, Shri Garuda facing west and Shri Hayagriva facing the sky and Lord Hanuman himself facing the east.
Some of the most famous temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman are