[Advaita-l] Vedokta mantra for Hanumanji

jaldhar at braincells.com jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Feb 23 02:21:20 EST 2020

Thank you to all who responded.

N. Sridhar wrote:

> I was just listening to a Samvaada class of Swami Omkarananda of Swami
> Chidbhavananda Ashram, Theni coincidentally where he was asked about Vedic
> Suktham for Lord Anjaneya/Hanuman. He explained that Sukthams normally a
> part of Rig Veda and there is no Suktham for Lord Anjaneya/Hanuman as he
> appears only in Itihasa/Puranas which is a later period. He further
> mentioned that the aspect of Sukthams in Veda are different. He explains
> that Durga Suktham pertains to Agni, Vishnu Suktham pertains to Yagna
> Murthy. He says Ganapathi is also mentioned as Brahmanaspathi Suktham and
> not as elephant headed. He says Ganapathi Atharvashirsha Upanishad is also a
> later mantra.

I'm interested in historical study but for Dharmic purposes we have to 
look to shastra and sampradaya for valid pramanas.  After all from a 
strictly historical point of view, the very concept of Puja is from "a 
later period" than the yajnas etc. of the Vedas.

Bhaskar YR wrote:

>>  In hanuman temples here in Sourth India ( Bengaluru in particular)
>> normally we use Rigvedeeya 'pavamAna sUkta' ( which has four adhyAya-s)
>> for doing the abhishekham to hanuman.  Sometimes I have seen 'manyu
>> sUkta' as well for doing pooja / abhishekam to Narasimha and hanuman.

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan wrote:

> I have seen South Indian Vaishnava-s use shAnti pa~ncakam and manyu sUktam
> of the kR^iShNayajur and R^ig veda-s in temples.

Unfortunately, neither Pavamana Sukta or Manyu Sukta are part of 
Shuklayajurveda and I do not want to recite any mantra I which I have not 
learned from gurumukha.

Venkatesh Murthy wrote:

> I heard also Hanuman is very fond of Madhu Abhisheka and they do this
> Abhisheka for him. In Ramayana Sundara Kanda there is one episode. The
> Vanaras drink Madhu and become intoxicated.

The mantras for Madhu abhisheka I do know.  However after I asked this 
question, I had a talk with one of uncles who said that my late 
Grandfather didn't recite any mantras for the parshads only the Pauranik 
shlokas such "manojavam tulyavegam" and "tikshna danshtra mahakaya" etc. 
So now it is a moot point anyway.

There's a couple of other questions people asked me which I'll answer 

1.  Am I going to make this compilation available publically or can I have 
a copy?

Sorry, at the moment this is just for my personal use and to help me teach 
my son.

2. Why is Skanda Bhagavan not mentioned?

Gujaratis, North Indians etc. also do believe that Kartikeya is the son of 
Shiva Bhagavan but He is not regularly worshipped in Puja and the only 
mandir to Him in my home town was actually founded by expats from Kerala. 
I don't know why this has come about.

3. Why Dattatreya instead of Bhairava?

As I mentioned, historical reasons.  Several elders of my family were 
disciples of Ranga Avadhuta who was a famous saint of the early 20th 
century and the disciple of Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, one of the 
greatest populizer of Dattatreya worship in modern times.

4. What is the shastric basis for this list of Parshads?

I don't know but I'd like to find out.  It is not based on Shaivagamas as 
practised by the Siddhanti Shaivas of South India.  The Shiva Purana also 
gives a (longer) list which is different.  But these are the attendants of 
Shiva Bhagavan as worshipped in every Shivalaya where I'm from.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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