Do you remember the stories you heard your childhood that captured your imagination and fascinated you to no end? Stories of the blue-eyed Krishna stealing butter in ingenious ways, or young princes going about their everyday pranks were the source of entertainment in the non-digital era. Obviously, some of the things that they did were flamboyant, often bordering on the incredulous.
One such story that rather perplexed me as a child was that of the monkey-god Hanuman lifting up an entire mountain to save his friend, Laxmana. To the uninitiated, this story begins when, during the battle of Lanka (in Ramayana), Ravana’s powerful son, Indrajit, injured Laxman, with one of his deadly weapons. Badly wounded and on the verge of death, only one magical Sanjeevini booti (herb) was deemed to have the potential to save his life.
Hanuman flew thousands of miles to find this magical herb, which was however, native to just one mountain in the far off Himalayas.
Having identified the mountain, Hanuman set about searching for the herb. The exercise turned out to be futile and he failed to identify the herb. Realising the urgency of the situation, Hanuman, in a moment of genius, uprooted, lifted and brought the mountain to Lanka where the herb was identified, a medicine prepared and administered to Laxman, who survived the ordeal.