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We know that Hanuman is a great devotee and follower of Lord Rama in Treta Yuga.

But my doubt is, did he meet Krishna?

Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere in Vyasa's Mahabharat or some other Hindu text that Hanuman and Krishna met each other? If true, then what exactly happened during their meeting?

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    He does meet Krishna and stays inside the flag of Arjuna during war but i am not sure i context of Vyasa Mahabaratha. – Ankit Sharma Nov 16 '15 at 14:19
  • @AnkitSharma Yeah, as I discuss here, the Bengali version of the Mahabharata tells the story of Hanuman meeting Krishna and Arjuna: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/2100/36 But I'm not sure whether that story has any scriptural basis. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 16 '15 at 15:08
  • @KeshavSrinivasan as suspected – Ankit Sharma Nov 16 '15 at 15:10
  • @AnkitSharma You may be interested in the fact that according to the Adi Parva chapter quoted in my question here, the ape flag was already on Arjuna's chariot when he got it: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/3101/36 Perhaps the ape was the emblem of one of the gods who previously used the chariot. – Keshav Srinivasan Nov 16 '15 at 23:06
  • Arjuna challenges Hanuman to see who's bridge is stronger, then Krishna shatters arrogance of both, and later krishnanjaneya yuddha, hanuman chases garuda, wrecks Dwaraka, then krishna shows his Rama form. – Aoi. T_015 Aug 21 at 10:21
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It is doubtful if Sri Krishna and Sri Hanuman had ever met, as per Mahabharata.

Varuna gave Arjuna the great bow Gaandiva and a Chariot, whose banner is a large ape, before commencement of Khandava vana dahana.

Varuna replied unto Pavaka, saying, 'Well, I am giving them.'

He then gave that wonderful jewel of a bow that was endued with great energy. That bow was the enhancer of fame and achievements, and was incapable of being injured by any weapon. It was the chief of all weapons, and the grinder of them all. And it was the smiter of hostile armies and was alone equal to a hundred thousand bows. It was the multiplier of kingdoms, and was variegated with excellent colours. It was well-adorned, and beautiful to behold, and without a mark of weakness or injury anywhere. And it was always worshipped both by the celestials and the Gandharvas.

Varuna also gave two inexhaustible quivers, and he also gave a car furnished with celestial weapons and whose banner bore a large ape.

Arjuna might have used the same chariot with a large ape on the Flag, during Mahabharata war also. Arjuna might be using those Gandiva and that Chariot ever since, till Agni asked him to return to Varuna, after the departure of Sri Krishna.

  • I don't think this is answering the question. What is the significance of the blockquote and the connection between 'whose banner bore a large ape' and Hanuman? – sv. Aug 19 at 19:48
  • @sv.: The prevalent story of Bhima meeting Sri Hanuman and thereafter the latter consenting to be on the flat of Arjuna's chariot during the ensuing Mahabharata war might be an interpolated story. The ape on the flag of Arjuna's chariot must be of chariot given by Varuna. Thus , Sri Krishna and Sri Hanuman, had never met, as per Mahabharata . – srimannarayana k v Aug 20 at 1:51
  • If the ape on Arjuna's chariot has no connection to Hanuman, what's the point of quoting how Arjuna acquired the chariot it in your answer? – sv. Aug 20 at 1:56
  • Many were under the impression that it was because of Bhima meeting Sri Hanuman, and latter met Sri Krishna. @sv. – srimannarayana k v Aug 20 at 2:14
  • can't it be like ape banner was already there but Bhima requested Hanuman to live in that banner in some form during war? – YDS Aug 20 at 2:21

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