Kesari (Ramayana)

Kesari was a male vanara who was brave and inquisitive by nature–and a chief. He was the father of Hanuman and husband of Añjanā.[1]

AffiliationFather of Hanuman
Personal information


Ramayana's Yudha Kanda stats Kesari as son of Brihaspati.[2] Before Hanuman was born, Kesari used to wander around to different holy places, and whenever he found a scenic garden, he would sit in long meditation.

There are several different legends about birth of Hanuman. According to a legend Kesari with his wife Añjanā prayed to Lord Shiva to born as their son. Shiva, pleased by their devotion and prayers, granted the request and tell them to worship Vayu. Vayu carried the divine power of Lord Shiva to Anjana's womb, and thus Hanuman was born as an incarnation of Lord Shiva.[3]

Kesari was a powerful vanara. Once, while he was residing in Gokarna (a holy place of Lord Shiva in Karnataka), he found a great monster, Shambasadana, who was continuously persecuting the holy saints who were residing there. Kesari confronted this monster and hit him forcefully with his fist. There was a great wrestling match, and Kesari was finally successful in slaying him.[4]

Kesari was a chief of Sugriva's vanara force. Kesari also fought bravely in the war with Ravana along with Sugriva’s

shri anjaneyam bhaje vajrakeyam bhaje vayuputram

In popular cultureEdit

Year Name Played by Channel Country
1997 Jai Hanuman Deepak Jethi DD Metro India
2015 Sankatmochan Mahabali Hanuman Gagan Kang Sony Entertainment Television India


  1. ^ Keśavadāsa; Krishna Prakash Bahadur (1 January 1976). Selections from Rāmacandrikā of Keśavadāsa. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. pp. 22–. ISBN 978-81-208-2789-9. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. ^ M, Jose A. Guevara (2011). The Identity Zero. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-557-05396-4.
  3. ^ M, Jose A. Guevara (2011). The Identity Zero. ISBN 978-0-557-05396-4.
  4. ^ Rama Balike Bhat (30 September 2006). The Divine Anjaneya: Story of Hanuman. iUniverse. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-0-595-41262-4. Retrieved 14 July 2012.

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