People say that Tulasidas got the
opportunity of seeing Anjaneya because of the help of a Brahmarakshasa (a spirit under
Kashi (Banares) is a holy place on the banks of the sacred river Ganga. The famous
temple of Lord Vishweshwara is in Kashi. And it is also the home of Hindu culture. In one
part of Kashi there was a temple of Anjaneya. Tulasidas made it his home. He used to bathe
in the Ganga every day and then go to theVishweshwara temple to offer prayers; thereafter
for hours he would be immerse in meditation. In the evening he gave discourses. In this
way a few years passed.
One day as usual Tulasidas poured water out of his vessel at the foot of a tree.
As Tulasidas was returning with his head bowed, suddenly a brahmarakshasa appeared
before him, and saluted him.
The water was sanctified by the touch of Tulasidas; it fell on the rakshasa and he was
freed from a curse. Full of gratitude the liberated spirit said to Tulasidas, "Please
tell me, sir, what I can do for you."
There was but one wish that haunted Tulasidas day and night and that was to see Sri
Rama by winning the grace of Anjaneya.
So he said to the brahmarakshasa "Please help me to meet God Anianeya."
The spirit said: "An ugly old man comes to listen to your discourses in the temple
every day. Probably you have not noticed him. He is the first to come and the last to go.
His looks are disgusting. But he is none other than Anjaneya. Look for him."
So Anjaneya himself had been attending his discourses! Tulasidas jumped with joy.
In the evening Tulasidas went to the discourse hall full of devotion.
The ugly old man was already there in a corner.
Tulasidas felt like running to him, and falling at his feet and crying out, "Show
me Lord Sri Rama." But he checked himself. The discourse began.
The entire discourse that evening seemed to be meant only for that old man. All the
time Tulasidas's eyes were fixed on him.
The discourse concluded with Ram Bhajan; the audience dispersed. The old man also
slowly got up and began to walk away. Tulasidas followed him.
The old man left the main road and took a path leading to a forest. Tulasidas noise
lessly walked behind him, praying within himself to Anjaneya.
They were now in the heart of the forest. Tulasidas suddenly ran up to the old man and
fell at his feet, praying: "My master, please show me Sri Rama. Lord Anjaneya, have
mercy on me."
The old man pretended to know nothing. Shaking him off he said, "What is all this?
I am not Anjaneya. Let go my feet."
But Tulasidas persisted.
I know it all now. You are Hanumantha, the trusted servant of Sri Rama. I won't leave
your feet unless you reveal your true self to me and fulfil my wish, come what will. Even
death" said Tulasidas. He implored and entreated him in several ways.
Then Anjaneya appeared in his true form and said, "Look, hide yourself behind this
bush. Sri Rama and Lakshmana will come this way shortly. Then you can see them."
There are several stories about how Tulasidas saw Sri Rama and Lakshmana.
Here is one story.