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    About Mukhyaprana

    Mukhyaprana – The Wind God

     

    Mukhyaprana, also popularly known as Mukhya Vayu or simply Vayu, is a Hindu deity and is regarded as the wind god of the Hindus. MukhyapranaMukhyapranaMukhyaprana
    Mukhyaprana, also popularly known as Mukhya Vayu or simply Vayu, is a Hindu deity and is regarded as the wind god of the Hindus.
    is the father of Bhimaand spiritual father of Hanuman. The name Mukhyaprana is a conjugation of two Sanskrit words – “mukhya” and “prana”. The word “mukhya means “chief” and “prana” translates to “life”. Hence, the name Mukhyaprana literally translates to “the chief of life”. This is also because air is the necessity of life on earth. Mukhyaprana is one of the most important and iconic deities of the Hindus and is worshipped and revered by devotees and worshippers all over the world.

     

    Depiction

     

    Mukhyaprana is generally depicted as a brave and confident man possessing exceptional beauty. He has four arms and holds various items like flags, conch shell etc. He is usually shown to be seated on a gazelle, thus, symbolizing swiftness and speed. He is mostly portrayed to be accompanied by two guards one of whom holds an umbrella for Mukhyaprana. In some of the depictions he is shown to be seated in a shining golden coach driven by one thousand purple and white horses.

     

    Legends

     

    Legends state that once Kesariand Anjanaobserved intense penance and worshipped ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    for a child. Pleased by their devotion, Shiva granted them their wish. It is believed that Mukhyaprana carried the divine power of Shiva to Anjana’s womb. That is why, HanumanHanumanHanuman
    SRI HANUMAN is worshipped everywhere in India, alone...
    is also known as Pavan Putra which in Sanskrit translates to “son of the wind god”.

     

    One of the most famous legends associated with Mukhyaprana has been mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Hanuman once thought of the sun as a ripe fruit and went for it to eat it. On his way he met Rahu, a Vedic planet who is believed to bring about eclipses. Both of them clashed but eventually, Hanuman thrashed Rahu According to Hindu religion, Rahu is the severed head of a demon which swallows sun and, thus, causes eclipses. The time of day under the influence of Rahu is considered inauspicious. He is lord of the three lunar mansions.and tossed him away and proceeded to put the sun in his mouth. After his defeat, Rahu approached Indra, the king of gods, and complained about Hanuman as to how he obstructed him from getting to the sun and preventing the scheduled solar eclipse. Infuriated by Hanuman’s mischief, Indra attacked him with Vajra, It is a Sanskrit word which means thunderbolt as well as diamond. Hence, it is the name given to a ritual weapon which is both indestructible and strong like a diamond, and irresistible like a thunderbolt which struck his jaw, thus, leaving a permanent mark on his chin. He fell back down to the earth and became unconscious. Upset over Indra’s actions, Hanuman’s father figure Mukhyaprana withdrew all the air from the world and went into seclusion. As living beings started to die due to deprivation of air, Indra drew back the effect of his Vajra. The gods then revived Hanuman and blessed him with many boons to appease Mukhyaprana. Hence, the world’s atmosphere was brought back to its original, balanced form.

     

    Temples

     

    Despite being one of the most iconic deities in Hinduism, there are only a few temples of Mukhyaprana. One of the most prominent places of worship of the deity is the Vayu StuthiParayana at Udupi, Karnataka. Nevertheless, the deity is widely revered all over the world as he holds great significance in the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. Mukhyaprana symbolizes power, knowledge, wisdom and source of life.

     




     
     

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