By Manuwant Choudhary
Dhanteras is a day car manufacturers are happiest as even in smaller cities selling 2000 cars is easy.
People believe buying something on Dhanteras multiplies the wealth 13 times so the bazaars are full.
This is true to an extent as the shopkeepers wealth does increase as black money flows into the market.
The stock markets hits record highs !
Car dealers especially work overtime and are their smiling best…but after the formalities are over – insurance, warranties and extra warranties done..making it to the Hanuman temple is the biggest challenge.
The temple precincts are overcrowded with brand new cars…glistening in the sun…the paint still smelling fresh…(the cars Ranbir Kapoor steals in film Besharam)
At Patna’s Hanuman Mandir they charge 250 rupees and only then a car pandit will emerge and after making a swastika he will take the drivers seat and apply tikas on the dashboard and put marigold maalas onto the rear view mirror before asking for his fees…but he is busier than the Bihar chief minister…you can't waste his time…as car owners haggle him with `Panditji mera kar dijiye…(Can you do mine fast?)
Hanuman temples are generally encroachments of public land and some say Hanuman is perhaps the biggest land encroacher in the country.
The Patna Hanuman Mandir is located near the Patna Railway station and the original temple you will find literally buried on the rear side, while a massive structure has come up above it and onto the road ahead.
I wonder why Hanuman is such a law violator.
I am not sure if Hanuman ever imagined he would become India’s biggest car insurer.
So I dug up a few facts about the `Monkey God’.
According to one story Hanuman was not half monkey at all..its just that his clan had a `Monkey’ emblem !
And his face looks monkey-like since he stopped Rahu who was trying to eat the sun for the solar eclipse and Rahu complained to Indra, and Indra struck a thunderbolt at Hanuman which struck his jaws and disfigured it forever.
Hanuman’s father Vayu (The Wind God) was so angry that he withdrew all air and everyone started dying..so the Gods in order to appease Vayu blessed Hanuman with amazing powers. The Wikipedia lists all the powers Hanuman received.
Brahma gave Hanuman a boon that would protect him from the irrevocable Brahma's curse. Brahma also said: "Nobody will be able to kill you with any weapon in war." From Brahma he obtained the power of inducing fear in enemies, of destroying fear in friends, to be able to change his form at will and to be able to easily travel wherever he wished.
From Shiva he obtained the boons of longevity, scriptural wisdom and ability to cross the ocean. Shiva assured safety of Hanuman with a band that would protect him for life. Indra blessed him that the Vajra weapon will no longer be effective on him and his body would become stronger than Vajra.
Varuna blessed baby Hanuman with a boon that he would always be protected from water.
Agni blessed him with immunity to burning by fire.
Surya gave him two siddhis of yoga namely "laghima" and "garima", to be able to attain the smallest or to attain the biggest form. Yama, the God of Death blessed him healthy life and free from his weapon danda, thus death would not come to him. Kubera showered his blessings declaring that Hanuman would always remain happy and contented. Vishwakarma blessed him that Hanuman would be protected from all his creations in the form of objects or weapons. Vayu also blessed him with more speed than he himself had. Kamadeva also blessed him that the sex will not be effective on him.So his name is also Bal Brahmachari.
But Hanuman continued being mischievous so the Gods gave him a mild curse that he would only remember his powers until he was reminded of it by someone else.
That is why when Sita is to be rescued from the clutches of Ravan, it is Jambavantha who reminds Hanuman of his powers and Hanuman agrees to help Ram.
And to overcome fear people recite the Hanuman chalisa.
Narendra Modi’s BJP has an ultra wing called the Bajrang Dal but they are violent and ugly and give a bad name to Hanuman who is also called Bajrang Bali ...
Just like Nitish Kumar calling Narendra Modi – Hitler !
But at Patna’s Bailey Road there is also a Hitler Hanuman !!