What happened to Anjana, the mother of Hanuman, after giving birth to him?

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Who is Anjana?

After giving birth to Hanuman, Anjana (also called Anjani or Anjali) and her husband Kesari raised him as his parents. He had a tumultuous childhood. Attacking Surya Deva, being struck down and healed by the Gods, harassing Rishis and getting cursed to forget his powers, etc his mother went through a lot of worries!

After many years, when Hanuman was an adult, Rama came. Both Kesari and Hanuman went off to fight in the war in Lanka. Anjana remained at home in the Kishkindha hills in what is now Vijayanagara district, Karnataka. I am not sure whether Kesari survived the war. Hanuman did of course, and became Rama’s devoted servant. He no longer lived with Anjana after that, though I’m sure he visited regularly.

At some point Anjana left Kishkindha and went far to the north, riding on a scorpion vahana. She went to what is now Himachal Pradesh. She remained for some time at a village called Masrer, near modern Dharamshala. Anjana seems to have come alone, without her husband Kesari. So it’s possible he had died by this time, either in war or otherwise. Indeed I wonder if this was why she wanted to leave Kishkindha, but that’s just my own speculation. She concealed her identity.

Anjana and her real identity:

After some time, one of the locals learned her real identity and revealed it to the other villagers against her wishes. She turned him to stone and then left. But the villagers adopted her worship nonetheless, particularly when anyone is stung by a scorpion, since her vahana is a scorpion. Perhaps she had saved someone from a venomous scorpion sting while there. Her worship spread, and Anjana became a Kuladevi (family deity) for many families in Himachal Pradesh, and still is to this day.

At some point Anjana left off her physical body and became a full-fledged Devi, watching over the families that worship her. Before her birth as Anjana she had been an apsara named Punjikastala, who was born as a vanari princess due to a sage’s curse. However it seems she kept the name Anjana as a Devi, or at least that’s how her worshippers primarily know her. She retains the scorpion as her vahana.

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