|In The Dwapara
Age, With Bheema And Arjuna.
There is a belief that Hanumantha lives through all ages, singing the praise of Lord Rama.
When the Pandavas were in the forest, Draupadi requested Bheema for the Saugand ' hika
flower of heavenly fragrance. Bheema went forth into the forest to bring it.
As Bheema was walking fast with long strides, he saw a monkey's tail
across his path. He angrily shouted, "You ape,remove your tail and clear my
The monkey slowly looked at Bheema and said, "My dear man,
I am very old and can't even move. Push my tail away and walk on."
Bheema was angry, amused and full of contempt. Was it what an unequalled hero like him
should do? He tried to push the tail with his mace. But no, nothing happened. Try as he
would, he could not even move that old tail. Then his mind grew clear and it dawned on him
that this was Hanumantha. With folded hands he begged his pardon.
On another occasion when Arjuna met Hanumantha, he said, "Rama need not have asked
the monkeys to build a bridge. If I were he, I would have built a bridge with
"A bridge of your arrows! Leave alone the Vanara army, it will crumble under my
feet" replied Hanumantha.
Well, it developed into a challenge. It was decided that Arjuna should erect a bridge with
his arrows and Hanumantha should walk on it. If the bridge collapsed, Arjuna should jump
into fire; otherwise, Hanu- mantha must adorn Arjuna's banner.
Arjuna built a bridge with his arrows. No sooner did Hanumantha set one foot on it than it
broke into pieces. Arjuna got ready to jump into the fire.
Just then, Shri Krishna reached the place. He asked them to repeat their performances.
When Arjuna erected the
arrow-bridge, Krishna touched the bridge with his divine hands as if to test it. Then when
Hanumantha danced on it heavily, it did not even shake. Hanumantha kept his word and
entered Arjuna's banner. So runs a story.
Hanumantha is a Chiranjeevi, he is immortal. Even today many people believe that if the
Ramayana is being read or recited anywhere Hanumantha stands there unseen and sheds
tears of joy.