Ramayana, authored by Valmiki is considered the oldest epic of the world. However the greatness of a work need not always lie in par with how ancient or modern it is. But in this case, however this epic stands high among the greatest and most popular works ever written. This epic exudes the remarkable genius of Valmiki.
Ramayana came to be so popular in the Indian subcontinent that not only did it come to be translated in every language; but also each language developed its own version of Ramaheartsyana. Together it found its versions in languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Srilanka, Tibet, Mauritius.
One of the surprising facts worth recording here is that Ramayana thrives in the exuberance in Tulu language through a Dalit called Pakru who lives near Edneer Math, Dakshina Kannada. Ramayana is the only recorded epic that lives in so many forms and languages.
Just as the characters like Rama and Sita find a permanently place in our hearts Hanuman too makes himself immortal. His character, values, practices, his devotion for Rama and Sita are reasons for this.
Out of the seven ‘Kaandas’ or seven parts of Ramayana, Bala Kaanda, Ayodhya Kaanda, Aranya Kaanda, Kishkinda Kaanda, Yuddha Kaanda, Hanuman makes his appearance from the fourth, Kishkinda Kaanda.Even though Hanuman is picturised only in the final three Kaandas, his influence is so much that one feels he is present throughout the epic.
Hanuman becomes the status symbol of resourcefulness and maturity, exuding the essence of humaneness despite being born in the ‘Vanar’ clan, proving his uniqueness by staying devoted to the Divine through and through. To this day, the only mythological character to be worshipped as a leader is Hanuman. Jai Hanuman!