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(Shani in Sanskrit) is one of the 9 planets and is considered one of the most
important in the study of astrology. Saturn is considered the
harbinger of bad luck. It is said that if one is suffering
because of the positioning of Saturn in ones chart, he should pour
oil over Hanumanji.
It is said that once, while
Hanumanji was busy praying to Lord Rama, Saturn sat on his head. Inspite of Hanumanji
pelting stones at him, Saturn did not budge. Hanumanji got tired and dived into the sea.
Saturn was hurt and requested Hanumanji to take him out from the sea; the salty water was making the pain worse. Hanumanji agreed to help him only if he (Saturn) promised, never again to trouble him. He helped Saturn out of the water, but kept him under his left foot. Saturns body was still burning. Hanumanji said that he would anoint oil to soothe the body of Saturn. Till date, one finds Saturns statue under Hanumanjis left foot. Oil is poured by the devotees of Hanumanji under the latters left foot.
The worship of Hanumanji, 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.
Those who are familiar with Hinduism and the epic Ramayana know Hanumanji very well. He is considered to be the greatest devotee ever born on earth. He is blessed by Sita, wife of Lord Rama, to remain active on the earth plane till the end of the time cycle.
Hanumanji is a combination of strength, wisdom, energy and service. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanumanji. Hanumanji was an ardent devotee of Rama, and is worshipped for his unflinching devotion to the god. Hanumanji is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield rocks, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and rival Vishnu's bird, Garuda in swiftness off light. He is worshipped in folk tradition as a deity with magical powers and the ability to conquer evil spirits.
There is unlimited power enclosed within us. When all that energy is directed towards the worship of God, it is called Bhakti or Devotion. This is exemplified by Hanumanji. If that energy is utilised for our selfish interests, it can result in downfall and destruction, as exemplified by Ravana. If we treat our potentialities with indifference they fritter away in all directions and are completely wasted. This is represented by common people all over the world who are not making any effort to advance along the spiritual path.
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