Monday, January 21, 2019

Image: Hanuman




Image: Hanuman and Sita



Hanuman and Sita with Rama's ring
(Hampi)

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Image: Hanuman salutes Rama and Sita



Hanuman salutes Rama and Sita
17th century
(Smithsonian)


Image: Hanuman carries the mountain



Hanuman carries the mountain
(statue in Orissa, India)

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Image: Hanuman carries the mountain



Hanuman carries the mountain
(Wikimedia)

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Image: Battle of Lanka



The battle of Lanka
Ravana wounds Lakshmana; Hanuman attacks Ravana
(British Library: Mewar Ramayana)

From the Library site: Ravana has sent out his mightiest warriors to fight the monkey leaders in single combat, but each in turn has been destroyed. He himself took the field, fighting many of the greatest warriors in turn, until he was faced by Laksmana. Pierced in his breast by Ravana's spear, Laksmana falls unconscious to the ground. Meanwhile Hanuman rushes to Ravana's chariot and strikes him with his fist. Ravana reels from this great buffet and falls in a faint. Hanuman picks up Laksmana and carries him tenderly off the battlefield to Rama, at whose feet he lays him down.

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Image: Hanuman in Ravana's Court



Hanuman in Ravana's Court
(British Library: Mewar Ramayana)

From the Library site: Hanuman has left Sita and begun to wreak havoc in Lanka, before allowing himself to be taken before Ravana. He announces himself as the messenger of Rama and demands Sita's return. Ravana angrily orders him to be put to death, but his virtuous brother Vibhisana reminds him that messengers may not be killed. Instead, Ravana orders that Hanuman be led through the city with his tail bound in rags and set alight. Hanuman allows himself to suffer this indignity at first, but then frees himself and sets fire to the city with his blazing tail.

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