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According to Ramayana, Lord Hanuman was a Brahmachari (celibate/bachelor). Why did he decide to spend his life as a celibate? What is the reason behind it?

  • Hanuman is the ideal devotee. He did not have to decide. The only thing he had in his heart was Lord Rama. Having Lord Rama only in your heart means you are not capable of base relations. – Swami Vishwananda May 25 '15 at 10:24
  • @SwamiVishwananda, no stain on the greatness of Shri Hanuman, but in theory Hanuman was not a bachelor which is already explained in "mjosh" answer below. Apart from that, in some versions of Ramayana, he also had married Raavana's daughter and had a son from her. Did Shree Hanuman have a child from Raavana's daughter SuvannaMaccha? – iammilind Sep 18 '15 at 5:21
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    @iammilind The notion of Hanuman having any wife or children has no basis in Hindu scripture. It's only described in later versions of the Ramayana. – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 18 '15 at 17:58
  • Brahmam char, jo brahm ke liye ghumta he vo brahmchari Jo bhagvan ke liye ghumta he, Bhav as vichar k liye ghumata vo brahmachari. Study Sanskrit words deeply then comments. – Chhatbar sunil May 1 '17 at 0:26
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No, Hanuman was technically not a bachelor (Brahmachari). His wife was Suvarchala who was the daughter of Surya (the Sun god). According to Surya, Suvarchala was an ayonija (born without [the participation] of the yoni).

Because he wanted to learn Nava Vyakarnas (the 9 Grammar Rules), he has to marry, and being an Aajanma Brahmachari (life-long bachelor), Hanuman was not eligible to study it. Surya grants him a boon that he will still be a bachelor even after marriage as a Prajapatya Brahmachari and will maintain his celibacy.

Hanuman's Marriage Picture

  • Sorry, your explanation is not clear to me.. :( – Mr_Green Jun 23 '14 at 14:37
  • What is not clear ? – mjosh Jun 23 '14 at 17:56
  • People celebrate Hanumat Kalyanam (Hanuman’s Marriage) on JYESTHA SUDDHA DASAMI. – mjosh Jun 23 '14 at 18:04
  • @mjosh If I introduced any errors into your answer, I apologize; please do go ahead and fix them. – senshin Jun 24 '14 at 3:11
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    This suvarchala devi is a divine energy who, by the grace of sun God, is attached to hanuman. She is not an actual woman.2nd,for the purpose of ritual worship, deities must have sakti(symbolized by "wife"),vahana(Carriage),ayudha(weapon)etc.therefore wives are attributed even to brahmachari Gods.For info, his vehicle is depicted as a camel. – user1195 Feb 10 '15 at 10:48
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I agree with mjosh, Lord Hanuman is married to Suvarchala Devi. Because He Himself is a god(rudra amsa), who has self realization, decided to live a noble life with no space to world marital pleasures. For Him Rama seva(service) is everything and dedicated His entire life in Rama seva. He is not bramhachari but practices bramhacharya.

Sanathana dharma recommends bramhacharya as it keeps all sensory organs, mind, heart under one's own control. It boosts memory and gives mental & physical stability and strength.

  • please format your answer. This looks like a facebook post with all caps and lower cases mixed. – Vineet Menon Jun 24 '14 at 5:04
  • @VineetMenon God names has to be in caps so HE, HIMSELF are in caps. Nouns as you know will be in caps. – pbvamsi Jun 24 '14 at 5:11
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    Use He, instead of HE. – Vineet Menon Jun 24 '14 at 5:23
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    stick to the answer, remove "Everyone should practice bramhacharya..." part – Tejesh Alimilli Jul 4 '14 at 13:57
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Brahmacharyam means celibacy. I would like to clarify that marrying a woman will not disqualify anyone to become brahmachari (celibate). The man who do not discharge (veerya skalanam) his semen is called brahmachari. Even after the marriage a man can be bhrahmachari without having intercourse with wife. This is a very deep subject and one needs lot of wisdom to understand this concept. A man can be brahmachari even after having intercourse with a woman. There are many perfect brahmacharis in Hindu scriptures, Bhishma and Hanuma are best among them.

  • -1 : how can anyone after having intercourse could be a brahmachari?!!? – Yogi Feb 10 '15 at 10:34
  • @creator A Grihasta who practises Grihasta dharma according to rules such as being pure on special days, times etc is also considered a brahmachari – user1195 Feb 10 '15 at 10:39
  • In some scriptures and also in some sects a perfect-bramhachari is the only considered as holy celebate else he is a grihasta or samsari purusha – Yogi Feb 10 '15 at 10:46
  • Bhishma didn't marry. There is no mention of his marriage. – Sarvabhouma Jun 20 '17 at 2:45
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It is right that Lord HANUMAN was married to SUVARCHALA. As sun means rule "niyam" and out of 8 kala only 3 could be given to unmarried so for the rest 5 sun himself suggested this option to HANUMAN. The marriage was just for the name sake and did not resulted in further activities of marriage or dissolution of brahsmashcharya for Lord HANUMAN. Lord sun himself was witness to the marriage and also for the purity and non-involvement of Lord HANUMAN in the normal aspect of marriage. So the marriage was just name sake to maintain the rule of giving the knowledge of 5kala to Lord HANUMAN.

  • Thus this information suffice questions of marriage of Lord HANUMAN and does not claims much or informs about birth, nature and other details of Devi SUVARCHALA. – Astrogeek May 24 '15 at 18:59
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  • And also the already accepted answer is covering whatever you have stated here. if you edit your answer adding citation and valid sources, I might accept your answer. – Mr_Green May 25 '15 at 3:45
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I do not know of any stories regarding the marriage of Hanuman to a daughter of Sun God. There are various stories created by different writers in India regarding the lives of Mythological Characters which have a local circulation.

One need not comment on them. The story of Hanuman marrying Sun God's daughter, is not accepted all over India.

The story of Hanuman remaining unmarried is, however, common knowledge. It is believed that Hanuman lives as a Spirit for Ever to help distressed Souls .Bodies that live for Eternity like the Earth and Nine Planets and Stars in Heaven, are all lonely bodies.

So it is believed in Hindu Philosophy, that all those who live for Eternity, should be Lonely Characters. The existence of Twin Stars, which co-exist by revolving around a common centre, was not known to the Philosophers of the Past.

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    Though you might be right (or wrong), your post seems to me a comment but not answer. – Mr_Green May 25 '15 at 3:44
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As Hanuman is known to all of us from the Legendary Itihasa "Srimath Ramayana" the holy scripture which was visualised and presented by the great Sage Valmiki. Valmiki Ramayana is the only Ramayana that is authentic for all the references and discussions about any body related to this itihaasa. Rest all Ramayanas which are written by great bhaktas and Scholars are baising on their own vision and experiences that they have with the almighty. but can be considered as their own experiences but not as authentic. One of such work is "Parasara Samhitha" which is written in the very recent times and not ancient. It was said that it is not even written by the great sage Parasara as it has very minute grammar mistakes in it. The so called parasara samhitha has given such explanations about Lord Hanumans marriage and Hanuman having Camel as Vahana which are base less.

As far as Suvarchala is concerned, she is not the daughter of Surya but his wife. It was clearly said in Valmiki Ramayana by Goddess Sita to Rama. At the time Rama is leaving to Vanavasa.. He requests Goddess Sita to stay back at Ayodhya. Then Goddess Sita explains to Lord Rama that " like Sachi devi will not be away from Lord Indra, As like Suvarchala Devi will not be Away from Lod Surya. AS like Arundhati will not be away from Sage Vashishta .. I will not and can not live away from You " "Yatha Suryam Suvarchala " is the part of the Stranza from Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda.

So Hanuman is Brahmachari. Suvarchala is the wife of Surya and not the daughter according to Valmiki Ramayana.

  • Welcome to Hinduism SE! You can add verse numbers in Valmiki Ramayana. For instance in , ""Yatha Suryam Suvarchala " is the part of the Stranza from Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda", you can add verse number or location. – The Destroyer Apr 11 '17 at 6:51
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Brahma= universal consciousness
Charya= means INTRER MINGLE=UNITED

So the meaning of brahmachary is not celibacy, the person who known the Brahma/ universal wisdom.

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