DAILY PHOTO: Gigantic Orange Hanuman

Taken June 24, 2015 at Jakhu Temple in Shimla

Taken June 24, 2015 at Jakhu Temple in Shimla

I’m standing in the foreground for scale, and even if I were only 10 inches tall (I’m not) that would be a pretty grandiose Hanuman.

Taken from a distance. Surveying all.

Taken at a distance. Surveying all.

DAILY PHOTO: Hanuman

Taken November 2, 2013 at Hampi.

Taken November 2, 2013 at Hampi.

Among the many devotees of this Hindu deity are wrestlers, who admire the monkey-god for his reputed strength. In Rama’s war against Ravana, he was said to have picked up a mountain and carried it a great distance, which is pretty strong.

He’s not whimsical and mischievous like Sun Wukong, the Taoist monkey-king (who also has god-like powers), but some believe that Sun Wukong’s myth was partially influenced by Hanuman’s myth. (Of course, the more irreverent and anti-authoritarian Taoists had a different take than the caste-conscious Hindus. (Whimsicality and mischievousness are considered more virtuous among the former than the latter.)

This Hanuman temple is a small, stone-block affair abutting a giant boulder on the trail from Hampi Bazaar to Achyutaraya temple. As you can see, it still has local devotees.