In many Hindu temples and pictures, Sri Anjaneya Swami is portrayed with gadha (mace / club) on one of his hands. I am seeking to understand the origin of this depiction.
As far as I know nowhere in The Valmiki Ramayana there is a clear reference to Sri Anjaneya Swami using gadha as the preferred weapon. Even during the war, HE fought with fist, trees etc. But it is certainly possible I overlooked some part of The Ramayana.
So my question to my friends here is as follows -
Where in the scriptures (Itihasa or even Puranas) can we find the support for Sri Anjaneya Swami using / holding Gadha? I'd prefer a reference from The Valmiki Ramayana, but I can accept references from any of the 18 Main or Upa Puranas or The Mahabharata (or any research publications no matter how recent it is).
I do not consider Sthala Puranas to be authentic, but for the sake of awareness, please leave a comment if you know of a sthala purana that supports this depiction of Sri Anjaneya. As for answers I like to see in the Itihasas or Puranas or in the corpus of published indological research.
Many thanks in advance for responding.