Lord Hanuman’ mother, Anjani, was an apsara celestial nymph in Indra Dev’s palace in her previous birth. Her name was Punjikasthala and she was extremely beautiful and full of life. However, due to a twist in fate, she was soon to face difficult time in her life.
Punjikasthala was used to the ease and comfort of life as a heavenly being, but soon grew bored of her luxurious existence. Searching for amusement, she came across a sage who was in deep meditation under a tree. Looking at his wild form, she started laughing, and throwing pebbles at him.
The sage tried to ignore it for as long as possible, but was ultimately she became the subject of his wrath. The sage cursed Punjikasthala to lead a life like an ape.
Punjikasthala later realized her mistake & begged for forgiveness. When the sage’s anger subsided, he declared that his curse couldn’t be reversed, but even in the unattractive ape form, she would be respected by the mankind.
In the next life, Punjikasthala was born in Kunjar’s family as Anjani. She was married to Vanarraj Kesari, and gave birth to Lord Hanuman on Shukla Purnima of Chaitra month
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