Why is Lord Hanuman considered an incarnation of Lord Shiva?

It is common knowledge that Lord Hanuman was completely dedicated to Lord Rama. He is the son of Anjana and Kesari and was bestowed with a blessing from the god of the wind, Vayu. Hanuman is held in high regard due to the devotion that he showed to Lord Rama. It is believed that Hanuman is an Avatar of Rudra, also known as Lord Shiva. In a number of different written accounts, he is referred to as a reincarnation of Lord Shiva.

Lord Hanuman is Lord Shiva's Rudra Avatar

Lord Hanuman is Lord Shiva's Rudra Avatar
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After Vishnu agreed to take on a human form in order to vanquish Ravana, Brahma reasoned that he would require assistance, so he pleaded with Shiva to also become an avatar. This happened after Vishnu agreed to take on a human form in order to vanquish Ravana. Hanuman was the son of the wind god Vayu and the apsara Anjana. Hanuman was cursed by Durvasa Rishi to have a human birth as a Vanara princess. Shiva took the decision to take on the shape of Hanuman. Hanuman was the son of Vayu and Anjana.

In the same way that Rama was unaware that he was an incarnation of Vishnu, Hanuman was unaware that he was an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Hanuman was a mischievous child. Hanuman once attacked the sun because he thought it was a piece of fruit, and this occurred shortly after he was born. Hanuman did not give up once the sun ran away; rather, he continued to follow it. Hanuman started out as a cheeky young monkey, but as he grew up, he proved to be a man of great valor and devotion.

Sugriva was the brother of Vali, the monarch of Kishkindha, the kingdom of the monkeys. Hanuman's closest comrade, Sugriva. After a misunderstanding in the kingdom of Kishkindha, Vali sentenced Sugriva to life in exile. During his time in exile, Sugriva had no one but Hanuman who was his company. Hanuman was equally as devoted to Rama as he was to Sugriva, if not more so.

Rama met Hanuman while on his search for Sita, and the two of them became fast friends immediately after the meeting. It was anticipated that they would get along very well from the beginning due to the fact that the event had been carefully planned by more powerful gods. Hanuman was given the responsibility of locating Sita and telling her that Rama was on his way to get her. 

During the conflict with Ravana, Rama's army sustained significantly injured soldiers (Rama's brother Laxman was one of them) including a few casualties, and suffered serious losses as a result. After witnessing the devastation, Hanuman set forth in quest of the "Sanjeevani Booti," a plant with a reputation for resurrecting life. This plant was rumored to have been concealed on a lonely mountain in the Dronagiri region of Uttarakhand's Himalayas.

After realizing that there would not be enough time to harvest the herbs when he got at Rama and his men, he lifted the entire mountain and brought it back to them. He did this out of love and duty. If Shiva hadn't taken on the persona of Hanuman, Rama would have not been able to save Sita in time. Even though the battle would have been considerably more difficult for Rama if Hanuman hadn't been by his side, surely he would have been successful in defeating Ravana.

Even if not everyone acknowledges Hanuman as an incarnation of Shiva, many educated people do, and the Satarudriya Samhita of the Shiva Purana also emphasizes this fact. It makes sense that Brahma would desire Vishnu to have assistance from another god in carrying out his purpose, Ravana was a devout devotee of Lord Shiva, making him a very difficult opponent to defeat.

If Hanuman had not been there, the entire plot of the Ramayana would have been different. Rama would have spent too much time trying to find Sita, and he would not have been able to return in time to stop Bharata from killing himself.

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Hanuman, Lord of the Universe, was born on Purnima, the full moon day of the Chaitra month, which fell on a Tuesday. When it comes to worshipping Lord Hanuman, Tuesday is considered to be one of the luckiest days of the week.

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