The election campaign in Karnataka has become increasingly contentious, with the Congress announcing in its manifesto that it plans to ban the Bajrang Dal, a right-wing group known for its controversial actions. In response, the BJP has picked up on a narrative that the devotees of Bajrang Bali, another name for the Hindu deity Hanuman, are under attack.
But have you ever wondered why Hanuman is called Bajrang Bali? The story behind this name is both fascinating and inspiring.
According to Hindu mythology, Hanuman once tried to grab the sun, mistaking it for a fruit. When Lord Indra, the king of the gods, realized what was happening, he attacked Hanuman with his
Vajrayudha, a powerful weapon that no one had ever survived. However, Hanuman's body was so strong that he only suffered a blow to his jaw and fell back to earth.
Impressed by Hanuman's resilience, Lord Indra named him "Vajra Anga Bali," which means "the one with limbs as strong as a diamond." Over time, this name was shortened to "Bajra Anga Bali" and eventually became "Bajrang Bali."
Now that you know the story behind the name, it's clear that Hanuman is a symbol of strength, resilience, and courage.
But in Indian electoral politics, anything can happen. So, let's wait and see what unfolds in Karnataka.