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Does Lord Hanuman have a mount (vahana) like all the other Gods? I got this doubt when I have seen a camel before Hanuman in a temple like Nandi before Lord Shiva.I searched the internet about this and got this answer but not satisfied by it. Is this true?
It is nowhere mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana. Is this mentioned in any other scripture? If so please explain with sources.

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    Am not Sure, but hanuman not have a mount like other Gods,himself he can beat the speed of Vayu, because of the boon he got from the Vayudev. – Tejaraja Kumara K H Apr 13 '16 at 12:02
  • In which temple did you see camel? – The Destroyer Apr 13 '16 at 12:17
  • @TheDestroyer Shree Tadbund Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple. This is a swayambhu Hanuman temple near Secunderabad. Click the link and visit temple website. – Sarvabhouma Apr 14 '16 at 4:42
  • It is stated that the life history of Lord Hanuman is written by Sage Parasara in Parasara Samhita in which there are stories of birth of Hanuman, stories of devotees of Him, MARRIAGE AND MOUNT of Hanuman is also stated. I could not find it on web with english translation but in sanskrit. If anyone are scholar in sanskrit, I provide you the link here. – Sarvabhouma Apr 14 '16 at 5:38
  • @SreeCharan Can i know legend of that temple? The official website doesn't give any info on His manifestation. – The Destroyer Apr 14 '16 at 11:11
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Camel is Vahana for Sri Hanuman.

The Hanumat Sooktam mentions him as riding one viz:usthraa roodha(one who is riding on a camel).

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  • Why the downvote?If u think camel is not the vahana then please post ur answer. – Rickross Apr 22 '16 at 11:01
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The Vaahan (mount) of Hanuman is Ushtra i.e,, a camel. This is mentioned in Hanumat suktham, Hanuman mangalashasanam and other stotras.
The reason why Hanuma chose camel as his mount is:

  • Generally camels are found in desret areas where land is filled with sand dunes. The feet of camel are perfect to move on sand dunes.
  • As mentioned above in other answer by Rickross. Hanuman is Pampaatheerthavihaari meaning who is fond of roaming on the banks of the river Pampa. It is because he met Shree Rama for the first time there.
  • Hanuman is also fond of doing pradakshina to RamaSethu which he along with Vanarasena helped ShreeRam to rescue Sita and kill Ravana.
    As camel is fit for travelling on sand, Hanuman chose it as His mount.
    It is also mentioned in Parasara Samhita that he rode a camel and gave darshan to many of his devotees like somadatta, Dhwajadatta on a camel.

Also the Dhwaja (flag) of Hanuman is a camel.

Source of this answer is Parasara Samhita, Hanumat suktham and answer to a question by Dr.Annadanam Chidambara Shastry a scholar who did research on the life history of Hanuman. Watch the video here.

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