"Did Hanuman return the mountain?"
The query was popped while we were travelling in Srinagar by road, trying to have a fill of the valley's humbling views of the Himalayas all round. Here are a few glimpses of Gulmarg and Pahalgam
My son's query caught us unawares, and also got us thinking about the doubt that we never raised during childhood sessions of the Ramayana epic, and I decided to call my mom, our free encyclopaedia for all things religious / spiritual / cultural.
"Yes, Hanuman was disciplined, and he did return the Dronagiri mountain to its original locale". (was our spot answer)
Back to the query - Anyone, any idea? There are several versions, all quite satisfactory, if you spare a thought.
- Rumassala is one of several places identified by the Sri Lankan Tourism Department as being associated with Ramayana. Hanuman carried a part of the Dronagiri Mountain that was rich with medicinal herbs including Sanjeevani from the Himalayas to revive Lakshmana. 'When the chief physician extracted the essential herbs, Hanuman threw away the chunk of the mountain. It fell to the ground and came to be named Rumassala'.
- Dronagiri is in the Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal, and it looks like it is missing a portion - its right shoulder.
- and In Yugo Sako's animated version, made especially for children, Hanuman is shown carrying the mountain as he followed victorious Rama, Sita and Lakshmana after their Lanka mission.
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