People say that Tulasidas got the opportunity of seeing Anjaneya
because of the help of a Brahmarakshasa (a spirit under curse).
Kashi (Banares) is a holy place on the banks of the sacred river
Ganga. The famous temple of Lord Vishweshwara is in Kashi. And
it is also the home of Hindu culture. In one part of Kashi there
was a temple of Anjaneya. Tulasidas made it his home. He used
to bathe in the Ganga every day and then go to theVishweshwara
temple to offer prayers; thereafter for hours he would be immerse
in meditation. In the evening he gave discourses. In this way
a few years passed.
One day as
usual Tulasidas poured water out of his vessel at the foot of
was returning with his head bowed, suddenly a brahmarakshasa appeared
before him, and saluted him.
was sanctified by the touch of Tulasidas; it fell on the rakshasa
and he was freed from a curse. Full of gratitude the liberated
spirit said to Tulasidas, "Please tell me, sir, what I can
do for you."
but one wish that haunted Tulasidas day and night and that was
to see Sri Rama by winning the grace of Anjaneya.
So he said to the brahmarakshasa "Please help me to meet
said: "An ugly old man comes to listen to your discourses
in the temple every day. Probably you have not noticed him. He
is the first to come and the last to go. His looks are disgusting.
But he is none other than Anjaneya. Look for him."
So Anjaneya himself had been attending his discourses! Tulasidas
jumped with joy.