The Role Lord Hanuman Played in the Mahabharat

Lord Hanuman is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata but is not known by many, he played a role that shows his strength and devotion to the Lord ram go hand in hand.

He played a crucial role in the Ramayana, which is well known. But only a small group of people are aware that Lord Hanuman makes not one, but two appearances in the epic Mahabharata. The fact that Lord Hanuman belongs to the "Chiranjeevi's" gang is well known. There are supposedly eternal beings known as Chiranjeevi. 

Hanuman Role in Mahabharat

Hanuman Role in Mahabharat

Hanuman, one of the Chiranjeevi's, has been blessed with the ability to live eternally.

As a result, Lord Hanuman is referenced in the Mahabharata. Another significance for Lord Hanuman is Bhima's brother. Given that their fathers, Vayu, are the same. Lord Hanuman is referenced twice in the Mahabharata, once when he encounters Bhima during the exile of the Pandavas and again when he defends Arjuna's chariot by staying in Arjuna's flag during the battle of Kurukshetra. These two things happen during the Mahabharata.

Hanuman encountered Arjuna as a typical monkey in Rameshwaram in another scene from the Mahabharata. When Arjuna saw Lord Ram's bridge to Lanka, he was compelled to question why Lord Ram needed the help of monkeys to construct the bridge. If it had been up to him, he would have built the bridge out of arrows. Hanuman, who was appearing as a monkey, cautioned Arjuna that the bridge constructed with arrows would not be strong enough to support the weight of even one person. Arjuna regarded the suggestion as a challenge and agreed. In agreement with himself, Arjuna promised to jump into the fire if his bridge collapsed.

Arjuna used his arrows to construct a bridge. Hanuman walked across the bridge, and it immediately collapsed. Arjuna was astounded and made the decision to take his own life as a result. At that precise moment, Lord Krishna appeared in front of them and, using the holy power He possessed, rebuilt the bridge. He instructed Hanuman to tread on it after that. This time, the bridge's weight prevented it from collapsing. Hanuman came back to his original form as a direct result of this and proposed helping Arjuna in the fight.

Lord Hanuman ascended to the banner of Arjuna's chariot as the battle of Kurukshetra began and stayed there till the battle was done. Lord Krishna instructed Arjuna to dismount the chariot on the penultimate day of the war at Kurukshetra before he did so himself. Lord Krishna commended Hanuman for persevering past Arjuna's departure and seeing the war through to its conclusion. 

As a result, Lord Hanuman bowed before getting out of the chariot. The chariot began to burn as soon as Hanuman cleared the path. Arjuna was immensely astounded by what he saw. The chariot would have been destroyed long ago if Lord Hanuman had not shielded it from celestial weaponry, Lord Krishna later stated to Arjuna. Lord Hanuman is therefore a key figure in both the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, in addition to being a notable figure in the Ramayana.

When Bhim met Lord Hanuman

Bhima met Hanuman during the time of Mahabharat, it was when Draupadi pleaded with Bhima to bring back the Saugandhika blooms for her while the Pandavas were in exile. Bhima went in search of the blossoms. While on his way, Bhima fell and noticed a big monkey relaxing on the road. Angered, Bhima demanded that the monkey open the way so that he may pass. 

The monkey, who is pretty old and unable to move on his own, requested that he not do so. This, he said, was the basis of his request. Bhima must therefore shove the tail aside and go if he wishes to pass. 

Bhima tried to use his mace to push the monkey's tail since he detested it. But the tail remained immovable. After a protracted struggle, Bhima realized that this was no ordinary monkey. Bhima eventually gave up and asked for pardon. Lord Hanuman thereupon came in his original form and blessed Bhima.

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