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Hanuman, without which Dakshineshwar is incomplete
Location : Panchabati, Dakshineshwar

Before going to Dakshineshwar this time, I track back one memory of the Temple. It is of Hanuman, without which Dakshineshwar is incomplete. At Panchabati, the zone where Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa did his Sadhana, you will find a lot of Hanumans. These will come to you. Knock you for some food and if you give a banana or any other thing, they eat that. While walking through Panchabati, I found this sleepy Hanuman which had ate so many that it was refusing banana, that is a most favourite of these creatures.

Entellus is a type of langur of southern Asia and is regarded as sacred in India by the name of Hanuman. In Hinduism, Hanuman is the monkey god and helper of Rama. He is the god of devotion and courage. According to the Ramayana it the monkey king an a faithful ally of Rama. Mythologically Hanuman is the son of air and was a half-brother to Bhima.

The Panchabati is a cluster of five trees. These are Aswatha(Ficus religiosa), Bat(Ficus bengalensis), Bilva(Aegle marmelos), Dhatri(Emblica officinalis) and Asoke(Saraca indica or Jonesia ashok).

The Panchamundi Asana is a seating arrangement on five skuls of Human, Fox, Snake, Dog and Ox. This is a necessity for "Tantra Sadhana'.

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