BENGALURU: While Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have claimed that the birthplace of Lord Hanuman is on their land, a religious head from Shivamogga made yet another claim, saying the trusted companion of Lord Ram was born in the pilgrim centre Gokarna in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district. The earlier claim of Karnataka is that Hanuman was born on the Anjanadri hillock in Kishkinda, near Anegundi, Koppal district.
Andhra Pradesh, too, has a claim – that Hanuman janmabhoomi is on one of the seven hills of Tirupati – also called Anjanadri.
Raghaveshwara Bharathi, head of Ramachandrapura Mutt in Shivamogga, quotes the Ramayana, where Hanuman tells Sita he was born in seaside Gokarna. “Based on the evidence in Ramayana, we can say Gokarna is Hanuman’s janmabhoomi and Anjanadri in Kishkinda was his karmabhoomi,” he said.
An expert panel formed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is expected to submit its study report on the matter on April 21. The panel comprises vedic scholars, archaeologists, and an Isro scientist.
“We’ve mythological and archaeological evidence to prove Anjanadri in Tirupati is where Hanuman was born,” K S Jawahar Reddy, executive officer of TTD Trust Board, said.
Karnataka has embarked on a project to declare Kishkinda’s Anjanadri as Hanuman’s birthplace. The hills of Kishkinda adjoining Hampi have a reference in Ramayana where it is described as the place where Lord Ram and Lakshman met Hanuman. “Now, we will develop the place as a pilgrimage centre with redemption of the tag of Hanuman Janmasthala,” Koppal district minister BC Patil said.