My lifelong search for the supreme power has led me to a way of life different from "idol worship". But I respect all those who practice it.
This post is for those people who believe in "a particular" Hindu God and and are devout worshipers. Some adore "Ganpati" (symbol of wisdom and trouble remover), some "Laxmi" (the symbol of prosperity), some adore "Saraswati" (the symbol of knowledge and education) and some others pray to Lord "Hanuman" - the western world knows him as the "monkey God" and he is the symbol of strength, power, wisdom, friendship. This post is for Devout Hanuman worshipers.
Now the thing is that Hanuman is said to have been "Bal Brahmchaari" (a celibate, since birth) some people who believe in Hanuman and worship him, also believe that it is only for men to worship him and women "MUST" keep away from his thoughts or his worship.
MY QUESTION :
Why should women keep away from worshipping Hanuman just because he was a Brahmchaari OR celibate ? Is there only one kind of relationship between men and women ??
Logically, if a woman is being raped and she urges Hanuman for help, what kind of reply do you think he would give :
" I will not help you because you are a woman"
"yes my dear sister/daughter even before you tell me, I will fight all the evil to protect all the innocent"
Which reply seems more likely to you ??
My conclusion, there is nothing wrong with the concept of women worshiping hanuman.
Why I made this conclusion, the points are listed below for further thought :
1. A "brahmchaari" is a person who keeps away from sexual relationships. But this does not mean that brahmchaari's do not have sisters, mothers, adopted daughters and so on...
So a Bramhchaari or a Baal-Brahmchaari can very well have women in his life with all the other relationships but not sex. Hanuman, was no different.
2. Hanuman had a very good relationship with "Sita" who was a woman and Ram's wife. He called her "sister- in law" with respect. (Literature says so) . Infact he even offered her to take her with him from Raavan's palace back to where her husband was waiting for her. This point supports my point number one.
3. Hanuman is the protector of "good" and he fights evil. he will do it without any kind of discrimination because discrimination itself promotes evil.
If you think I have missed something, please make a comment and add your suggestions.