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Hindu scriptures contain a mantra about the Eight immortals:

अश्वत्थामा बलिव्र्यासो हनूमांश्च विभीषण:। कृप: परशुरामश्च सप्तएतै चिरजीविन:॥

सप्तैतान् संस्मरेन्नित्यं मार्कण्डेयमथाष्टमम्। जीवेद्वर्षशतं सोपि सर्वव्याधिविवर्जित॥

Ashwathaama Balirvyaaso Hanumanshcha Vibheeshanaha Krupaha Parshuramascha Saptaitey Chiranjivinaha Saptaitaan Samsmareynnityam Markandeymathaashtamam Jivedvarshshatam Sopi Sarvavyadhivivarjit

The above lines mean that by daily remembering these 8 immortals - Ashwatthama, King Bali, Ved Vyasa, Hanuman, Vibhishan, Kripacharya, Parashuram and Rishi Markandaya

I believe Lord Hanuman appeared in Ramayana and also plays an important part in the Mahabharata but what about Kali yuga?

Are there any signs in 20th/21st century of these Chiranjivi's appearing in Kali yuga?

  • yes chiranjivi means having long age , and sage markandya has access to higher loka's too. – Friendy May 9 '17 at 4:28
  • @Friendy I don't think so, here I am asking about does they still exist in Kali yuga and any sign/proof? but I haven't ask like who they are and how they become immoral? – CR241 May 9 '17 at 16:50
  • It's difficult to prove from Scriptures that they still exist in this Kali Yuga. – The Destroyer May 13 '17 at 5:36
  • @CR241 have heard of the first half of the verse. Could you share the source of the two lines please. – user1952500 May 15 '17 at 7:00
  • Yes, even few scriptures say that these immortals will occupy few posts in next Yuga/Manvantara.. hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/22680/… – YDS Dec 23 '17 at 8:46
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Chiranjivi's still exist in kali-Yuga? (Partial Answer).

Shreemad Bhagavata purana mentions one Saptarshi Lord Parashurama who is Avesha Avatara of Lord Vishnu still residing on Mahendra Parvat.

However, unlike all other avatars, Parashurama still lives on earth, even today.

जमदग्न्योsपि भगवान राम: कमललोचन:।
आगामिन्यन्तरे राजन वर्तायिष्यति वै बृहत ॥25॥

jāmadagnyo ’pi bhagavān rāmaḥ kamala-locanaḥ
āgāminy antare rājan vartayiṣyati vai bṛhat

My dear King Parīkṣit, in the next manvantara the lotus-eyed Personality of Godhead Lord Paraśurāma, the son of Jamadagni, will be a great propounder of Vedic knowledge. In other words, he will be one of the seven sages. SB 9.16.25


आस्तेsद्यापि महेन्द्रादौ न्यस्तदण्ड: प्रशान्तधी:।
उपगीयमाचरित: सिद्धगन्धर्वचारणै ॥26॥

āste ’dyāpi mahendrādrau nyasta-daṇḍaḥ praśānta-dhīḥ upagīyamāna-caritaḥ siddha-gandharva-cāraṇaiḥ

Lord Paraśurāma still lives as an intelligent brāhmaṇa in the mountainous country known as Mahendra. Completely satisfied, having given up all the weapons of a kṣatriya, he is always worshiped, adored and offered prayers for his exalted character and activities by such celestial beings as the Siddhas, Cāraṇas and Gandharvas. SB 9.16.26

The Kalki Purana writes that he will reappear at end of time to be the martial guru of Kalki. He will then instruct the kalki avatar to undertake penance in order to receive celestial weaponry, required to save dharma at the end of kaliyuga.

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  • 'Parashurama still lives on earth, even today' - where exactly is this 'mountainous country known as Mahendra'? Have you been there? – sv. Jun 21 '17 at 17:33
  • @sv. - The meaning of mountain country is to be taken as mountain ranges , or near the Mahendra mountains. As its a english translation. My gita press version says on Mahendra mountain. – SwiftPushkar Jun 21 '17 at 17:40
  • Ok you mean close to Mahendragiri? So he's right now a brahmana living on or around this peak? – sv. Jun 21 '17 at 17:46
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    "The Kalki Purana writes that he will reappear" - I don't understand this reappearing logic, if he's already living as a brahmana near Mahendragiri, what you mean by 'reappear' or you think he's not in any physical form right now? But if he's not in any physical form, how can you call someone a brahmana, kshatriya etc? – sv. Jun 21 '17 at 17:52
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    @sv. - He will reappear means - He has abandoned all his weapons and not participating in the any of the activity of the world.right now As he is Chirangeevi and a avatara he will again continue his work as a teacher of kalki. in future. But he is very calm now , given up the rage. – SwiftPushkar Jun 21 '17 at 17:57
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Since your question is more focused on Lord Hanuman let me mention about him first - Shrimad Bhagvat Puran Canto 5 Chapter 19 states that he lives in the Kimpurush Varsha listening to Ramayan being sung by the denizens of the place and himself joining them in the singing:

किंपुरुषे वर्षे भगवन्तमादिपुरुषं लक्ष्मणाग्रजं सीताभिरामं रामं तच्चरणसंनिकर्षाभिरतः परमभागवतो- हनुमान् सह किंपुरुषैः अविरतभक्तिरुपासते ।

आर्ष्टिषेणेन सह गन्दर्वैरनुगीयमानं परमकल्याणीं भर्तृभगवत्कथां समुपशृणोति स्वयं चेदं गायति ॥

English Translation:

  1. S'rî S'uka said: 'In the land of Kimpurusha the supreme and greatest devotee Hanumân delighting in service at His feet is together with the people always engaged there in worship of the Supreme Lord Râmacandra, the Original Personality who as the elder brother of Lakshmana is so pleasing to Sîtâ.

  2. Together with Ârshthishena [the leader of Kimpurusha] attentively listening to the stories about his most auspicious master and Lordship being chanted by a company of Gandharvas, he Hanumân himself prays thus.

The reference about Lord Parshurama has already been given so I won't repeat the same. The Kathasaritsagar mentions the story of a man named Lohajangha reaching Lanka in a flood where the Rakshasas take him to Vibhishan. This story is from a time period after Mahabharat since it mentions Mathura as the city of Krishna:

And finding that he was on the other side of the sea, he was astonished, and looked upon the whole thing as a daydream; then he saw there to his terror two horrible Rākṣasas, and those two for their part contemplated him from a distance with feelings of fear. Remembering how they were defeated by Rāma, and seeing that Lohajaṅgha was also a man who had crossed the sea, they were once more alarmed in their hearts. So, after they had deliberated together, one of them went off immediately and told the whole occurrence to King Vibhīṣaṇa.

King Vibhīṣaṇa, too, as he had seen the prowess of Rāma, being terrified at the arrival of a man, said to that Rākṣasa: “Go, my good friend, and tell that man from me, in a friendly manner, that he is to do me the favour of coming to my palace.”

The Rākṣasa said, “I will do so,” and timidly approached Lohajaṅgha, and told him that request of his sovereign’s. Lohajaṅgha for his part accepted that invitation with unruffled calm, and went to Laṅkā with that Rākṣasa as his companion. And when he arrived in Laṅkā he was astonished at beholding numerous splendid edifices of gold, and entering the king’s palace he saw Vibhīṣaṇa.

Kripacharya is also mentioned in the Mahaprasthanika Parva of Mahabharat to have become the guru of Parikshit so he was there at least in the beginning of Kaliyug:

"Having said these words, king Yudhishthira the just, along with his brothers, promptly offered oblations of water unto Vasudeva of great intelligence, as also unto his old maternal uncle and Rama and others. He then duly performed the Sraddhas of all those deceased kinsmen of his. The king, in honour of Hari and naming him repeatedly, fed the Island-born Vyasa, and Narada, and Markandeya possessed of wealth of penances, and Yajnavalkya of Bharadwaja’s race, with many delicious viands. In honour of Krishna, he also gave away many jewels and gems, and robes and clothes, and villages, and horses and cars, and female slaves by hundreds and thousands unto foremost of Brahmanas. Summoning the citizens, Kripa was installed as the preceptor and Parikshit was made over to him as his disciple, O chief of Bharata’s race.

Others are supposed to appear in the future but not sure if they would appear or show some signs of their existence in the Kaliyug itself. For example, Ashwatthama is supposed to become the next Vyas according to the Vishnu Purana:

These are the twenty-eight elder Vyásas, by whom, in the preceding Dwápara ages, the Veda has been divided into four. In the next Dwápara, Drauńi (the son of Drońa) will be the Vyása, when my son, the Muni Krishńa Dwaipáyana, who is the actual Vyása, shall cease to be (in that character).

Similarly, as mentioned in this chapter of the same Purana, he shal also be one of the Saptarishis and Maharaj Bali shall become the next Indra but all that is in the next Manvantar:

The son of Chháyá, who was called also a Manu, was denominated Sávarńi 6, from being of the same caste (Savarńa) as his elder brother, the Manu Vaivaswata. He presides over the ensuing or eighth Manwantara; the particulars of which, and the following, I will now relate. In the period in which Sávarńi shall be the Manu, the classes of the gods will be Sutapas, Amitábhas, and Mukhyas; twenty-one of each. The seven Rishis will be Díptimat, Gálava, Ráma, Kripa, Drauńi; my son Vyása will be the sixth, and the seventh will be Rishyasringa. The Indra will be Bali, the sinless son of Virochana, who through the favour of Vishńu is actually sovereign of part of Pátála. The royal progeny of Sávarńi will be Virajas, Arvarívas, Nirmoha, and others.

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  • Lord Hanuman will become the next Brahmadeva. – Wikash_ Apr 29 '19 at 7:42
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Partial Answer

As per the biography of Gosvami Tulsidas by A.P.N. Pankaj(Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapur)

Sri Hanuman had sought and received from Sri Rama the boon that he may live forever on earth and be present wherever there is 'Raghunatha-sankirtanam'(Ananda-Ramayana I.12.141-45). A preta..got pleased with Tulasi..told that Sri Hanuman attended Tulsidas's discourses in the guise of a leper...Next day,Gosvamiji recognised Sri Hanuman in the audience attending his discourse, caught hold of his feet..and entreated him to help him have Sri Rama-darshana.(Page 27)

Sant Tulsodas(1532-1623) lived very much in the Kali yuga. This proves that Hanumanji appeared in the Kali yuga.Sri Neev Karori Baba (1900-1973, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_Karoli_Baba )is also known to have got the darshan of Hanumanji.

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  • "This proves that Hanumanji appeared in the Kali yuga: I do not understand. – Wikash_ Oct 4 '19 at 5:16

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