It is said that Anjana who was a beautiful Apsara (angel) once in the Heaven, being cursed by Brihaspati the king of Planets, took birth as a monkey in the earth.
On repentance, she was told by Brihaspati that by the kind grace of Lord Shiva she shall be free from the curse and come back to her original place in Heaven.
Anjana taking the shape of a monkey moved round the jungle. One day the monkey king Keshari while wandering in the forest met Anjana and being enchanted by her beauty proposed her. Anjana made a condition that she shall go back once Lord Shiva relieved her from the curse of Planet King Brihaspati.
Anjana prayed Lord Shiva and one night Lord appeared in her dreams and assured her that she will give birth to an amazing boy who shall inherit His powers. Once the boy is able enough, she can leave this life and go back to her original shape.
After few days Anjana received the divine ‘charu’ of the yagnya, King Dasaratha had organized for having his clan. Soon she conceived and gave birth to a baby who was surprisingly strong and beautiful.
The baby was named Hanuman. The glory and activities of Lord Hanuman has been depicted vividly in Ramayana. In this part we shall see how Hanuman has a great presence in the Sree Mandira at Puri.
The temple where Lord Jagannath is worshipped in the sea shore town of PURI is known as SREE MANDIRA.
In the temple Lord lives with HIS elder brother Balabhadra, sister Subhadra and wife Maha Laxmi. Thirty three crores of deities are engrossed in HIS service. HE sits on his throne known as RATNA BEDI (Golden Throne) and leads a royal life.
Right from the early morning till late night HE is busy in the rich adventures of a King. It is obvious as HE is the emperor of the whole universe- the whole Jagat fulfilling the meaning of HIS name JAGANNATH.
Sree Mandira has four gates. And in each Gate there stays Hanuman in a different image performing a different service for his Master. Hanuman protects the temple staying at the four gates.
In the east- where there is Lions Gate, Hanuman is worshipped there as ‘FATE HANUMAN’.
In the north gate Hanuman sits in padmasana, holding chakra in four hands, and is worshipped as ‘ASTABHUJA HANUMAN’.
In the south gate Hanuman is seven feet tall and worshipped as ‘BARA BHAI HANUMAN’.
In the western gate Lord Hanuman is around Four feet height and known as ‘KAN PATA HANUMAN’
There is a beautiful story behind this western gate deity. This gate is near the temple of Maa Mahalaxmi.
It is said that Lord Jagannath remaining busy in HIS royal activities and listening to the lakhs of devotees come to him daily, does not find a moment to spend with HIS beloved wife Maa MAHALAXMI.
Apart from that maintaining the customs MAHALAXMI never comes to her husband’s place as because HIS elder brother is always present there.
When everything calms down following the traditions, during middle of the night, Lord Jagannath gets out to meet HIS wife.
Mahalaxmi is the daughter of the Ocean GOD. Shree Mandira is situated at the sea shore. The sound of the sea always creates a deep vibration. And again during night when everything is calm the sound of the sea is most vibrant and disturbing. That disturbed Lords romantic mood.But since Ocean God is HIS father in law HE never complained about it.
But toleration too, has a limit. One night Lord was very much disturbed by the sound of the sea and sarcastically commented on the ocean God’s lack of commonsense. Mahalaxmi did not utter a word but was hurt deep inside.
All romance starts and ends with Lord. He realized immediately that his dear wife was hurt by his words. He cajoled Mahalaxmi and next day ordered his dear one Hanuman, near the western gate to ensure that the sound of the sea never enters the meghanada pachery- the boundary wall of Sree Mandira.
Being ordered by his Master, Hanuman made the entire boundary wall sound proof and being explicitly loyal always put his ears on the wall to ensure that the sound of the sea has been seized.
As he has put his ears all the time to ensure the temple soundless- he is known as KANPATA HANUMAN.
It is an astonishing fact that during night when one stands before the temple listens the sound of the Sea. But most surprisingly the sound is never heard inside the temple.
That is the wonderful manifestation of GOD’s power.
Source : Sree Mandira, Jagannath Temple, Puri