The Dravidian System of Hindu Mythology believes that Vayuputra Hanuman was born in the Dhanu month on Amavasya at the time of the Mool Nakshatra star. However the Aryans believe he was born at 4 o’clock in the morning on the 8th of Chaitra month on a Tuesday(making this weekday an auspicious day). Mata Anjana, mother of Hanuman ji, was one of the sixteen matrikas. The matrikas are adored and worshipped women of the celestial, astral and material planes of the Universe.
Once Anjana visited planet svah, few million miles beyond pole star, in female form. She arrived in the assembly of Indra, the King of Svah. The King was attracted to her and requested her to procreate with him, that she make love with him. She denounced him and said, “Who would like to procreate with you, a fallen one with the signs of a thousand eyes?”
This infuriated King Indra. He cursed her saying, “You are very vain because of your beauty. You will be born in the monkey-faced Vanara race.”
While Indra was cursing Anjana, her dearest friend Adrika tried insulting Indra. She meowed like a cat. Indra then cursed her too!! He said, “You will become cat-faced in your next life!”
In course of time, both friends were born as the twin daughters of Kunja, a high-ranking Vanara soldier. When they grew up, they both married Keshari, a famous knight of the Vanara race. One day while Keshari was in meditation at the southern seashore, Maharishi Agastya visited him. Both his wives welcomed the unexpected guest and served him wholeheartedly. Agastya was delighted with their hospitality and asked the two wives to ask for a boon they wished.
Anjana requested “I want the mightiest son, who will be very bold and strong in the world, totally devoted to universal welfare”.
“So be it,” Maharishi Agastya approved the wish for both of them. Soon after he granted this boon, Maharishi Agastya realized that Lord Shiva Himself was going to be born as the son of Anjana. He ordered her to go to meditate on Venkatadri Hill in Vrishabhachal on the bank of the Akashaganga. This was the most appropriate place to materialize her desire.
One day, when she was absorbed in a long meditation, Vayu the Wind God, appeared and said, “Adorable devi, I am very pleased with you. Soon a mighty son will be born to you. He will not be affected by any weapons whatsoever. I shall become your son myself. He will be equal to me in power and speed.” Thus saying, Vayu infused his celestial light into Anjana. In due course of time, Anjana gave birth to Vayuputra Hanuman who became all powerful; and Adrika gave birth to a son, Adri by name, who became governor of all the goblins.
Lord Shiva and Hanuman Ji Connection
Lord Brahma(the creator), Vishnu(the protector) and Mahesh(the destroyer) are called the “Holy Trinity”. Lord Rama was seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. When Lord Rama was about to take the Human Avatar, Lord Mahesh/Shiva wanted to be part of the whole jeevan leela of Lord Rama. He decided to take Vanar Avatar in the form of Vayuputra Hanuman and decided to serve Lord Rama in his Leela. Lord Hanuman is the 11th Avatar to act as a catalyst in Lord Rama’s fight with Evil king Ravan. He was also one of the disciples of Lord Shiva. He satisfied Lord Shiva with ten thousand years of austerity and by sacrificing his ten heads one by one in the fire.