Parents dress up sons as monkeys to thanks Lord Hanuman

November 14th, 2007 - 2:09 am ICT by admin  
Amritsar, Oct 13 (ANI): Parents whose prayers for a son were fulfilled thronged a Bara Hanuman temple in Amritsar in gratitude.

Devotees believe that their wishes for a son would be fulfilled if they pray at the temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

As part of thanksgiving, parents dress up their son like a monkey and offer prayers at the temple.

“Five years ago, I asked almighty for a son. On fulfilment I promised to bring him here and dress him like a monkey. That’s why I have come here to make him one,” said Sawinder Singh.

Childless parents or those who have only daughters seek blessings at the temple.

Priests said people from far and wide come and pay obeisance to Lord Hanuman.

“Children are given a bath here in the pond, and then they are dressed in new clothes. Later they go to worship Lord Hanuman,” said Pandit Vaid Viyas, a priest.

According to Ramayana, Lord Hanuman was tied to a tree and held captive by Luv and Kush, the two sons of Lord Ram, at the place where the temple stands.

Curiously, Lord Hanuman, the deity who blesses the devotees with children remained a bachelor, committing his life to the service of Lord Ram.

The temple is built as a replica of the Sikh’s famous Golden Temple, also in Amritsar. (ANI)

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