The monkey deity, known as Hanuman, is an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. He was a central character in the war between the Gods and the demon king Ravana.
An interesting and of course, fantastic anecdote of Hanuman: Long before meeting Lord Rama and becoming his devotee, as a child Hanuman one day he stepped out of home and was especially in an adventurous mood. Seeing the red sphere of the setting sun, he mistook it for a juicy fruit and flew all the way to swallow the sun. The King of Gods, Indra, struck the child monkey with a thunderbolt to make him spit out the sun, which rendered him (Hanuman) unconscious. And the plot thickens; Hanuman is the son of the Wind God, who ordered all the winds everywhere to stop. All life, divine and earthly, began to suffocate. All Gods rushed to pacify the Wind God and appeased him with everyone granting a boon to little Hanuman.
It is to such a character this devotee pays obesiance.
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