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ANJANA

Also known as PUNJIKASTALA

Mother of Hanuman the monkey god.

Anjana was busy doing austerities to gain a son when out of nowhere a cake landed in her lap. It seems Parvati had been monkeying around with Vishnu and for some reason Vayu found himself in posession of the pregnancy. Stuffing it into a yummy cake seemed harmless enough, and a lot less disturbing than dropping a phoetus!

As luck would have it Anjana was originally Punjikastala - the result of some sort of mystery simian curse - and being born as a she-monkey made her the ideal recipient of Vayu's little gift.

Low and behold Anjana gave birth to Hanuman a short time after eating the cake and she hasn't done anything of note since.
Meet the family ...
Parents : ?
Siblings : ?
Spouse : Kunjara (a monkey chieftain)
Offspring : Hanuman
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'Anjana' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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