Hanuman. He is another character in Ramayana who is revered. Hanuman is a super hero for whom Valamiki has reserved one full Sarga (Sundarakanda). It is not coincidence that this Kanda does not contain anything about Rama. And this is the Kanda (intentionally called Sundarakanda?!!-meaning beautiful kanda) which is very popular especially amongst Ladies and is widely read and there are many number of publications publishing Sundarakanda with Meaning. Mere enumerating of other kandas will reveal how un popular they are- Ayodya kanda; Aranya kanda; Kishkinda kanda; Yudhakanda. Nobody likes to read them unless they want to do the whole of Ramayana as a matter of ‘parayana’(Recital).
This super hero (Hanuman ) is said to be intelligent, Karya siddhi (Go getter) diplomat et. all. Now I am taking up some issues which are critically looking at this character and goof-ups that he does in many places. Even by ordinary persons standards they are goof ups, let alone for a hero or super hero. This of course is a difficult job as There are more Hanuman bhakatas than Rama bhakthas. Definitely there are more Hanuman temples than Rama temples in India. I hope the readers will bare with me. I highlight these aspects because this again is Valmiki’s style of presentation and is not clear why he mercilessly handles all characters and shows their shortcoming subtly (and sometimes glaringly). A good understanding of Ramayana is not possible without the clear understanding of these nuances of Ramayana.
17 Feb 2013 2 Comments