I want to know why Hanumana wanted to the eat sun ? I've heard one story from our Gujrati loksahitya kalakar(Artist) by the name Ishardan Gadhvi in his program that Hanumana's mother got curse that her son would die before sun set on the day he was born. Hanumana wanted to eat sun as he didn't want the sun to set.

Is that true ? Or is there any other reason for Hanumana wanting to eat the sun.

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    I think he just thought it was a fruit. Commented Aug 4, 2015 at 14:09
  • ok... there is no another reason ?
    – Bhavin
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 4:27
  • this leads me to another question, Why Rahu want to eat sun every time. :(
    – Friendy
    Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 12:15
  • @Friendy It's to take revenge on Surya and Chandra; see my answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/491/36 Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 19:16

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As it is said that lord Hanuman was very mischievous during his childhood. One day he saw Sun through the leaves of a tree and thought of it as a fruit, so he flew in order to eat it.
It has nothing to do with any curse. Rather, he was hit by Indra's vajra when he refused to release Surya and later on was given many boons by different Gods.

Source: Hanuman Chalisa by Goswami Tulsidas .

जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥

The Sun is at thousand yojanas (a unit of measurement of distance), and thought of it as a sweet fruit.

Source :Sankatmochan Hanumaashtak

बाल समय रवि भक्षी लियो तब, तीनहुं लोक भयो अंधियारों ।
ताहि सों त्रास भयो जग को, यह संकट काहु सों जात न टारो ।
देवन आनि करी बिनती तब, छाड़ी दियो रवि कष्ट निवारो I

During your childhood, you engulfed the Sun and it caused darkness in three worlds (Swarg, Prithvi, Pataal)
The worlds were in havoc, this panic was not controlled by anyone.
Gods came to you and prayed(requested), then you let Sun go free and eased the problem.

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    Welcome to Hinduism.SE! You should cite sources. Commented Aug 6, 2015 at 19:17
  • @KeshavSrinivasan Ok sure...
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 2:56
  • You shouldn't just say the Hanuman Chalisa, you should give specific citations and/or quotes from it. Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 3:46
  • Ok will update with exact lines...
    – ABcDexter
    Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 3:53
  • One more thing: this is an English language site, so you should provide a translation for anything you quote from another language. Sorry for bombarding you with rules! Commented Aug 7, 2015 at 4:04

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