Hanuman, whose image is in the form of a monkey, is particularly associated with the Ramayana, the story of Rama and Sita.
In the story, Sita, Rama's wife, is kidnapped by the evil, ten-headed demon Ravana who carries her off to his fortress in the island of Lanka.
At great risk to his own safety, Hanuman finds Sita and then returns to
help Rama build a bridge over to the island to rescue Sita.
the ensuing battle, Rama's brother Lakshmana was fatally wounded.
Hanuman was sent to fetch healing herbs which grew on a particular
mountain. Unable to identify the herbs, he uprooted the whole mountain
and brought it back to the site of the battle thus saving Lakshmana's
life. Images of Hanuman often show him holding the mountain in his hand.
As a model for human devotion to God, he is often depicted with paws
clasped together in reverence.
He is a symbol of strength and loyalty and represents the concept that animals are also a creation of God.
is also regarded as a god in his own right and as the son of the wind
god he is able to fly and change shape at will. He is one of the few
gods without a consort.
worship of Hanuman, therefore, symbolizes the worship of the Supreme
Lord, for acquiring knowledge, physical and mental strength,
truthfulness, sincerity, selflessness, humility, loyalty, and profound
devotion to the Lord.