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Hanuman Statues as Signal Men - Traffic Police Hanuman

Don’t worry this is no new controversy. According to the Archaeological Survey India (ASI), the Hanuman statues in Hampi, Karnataka served as signal men. A precursor to modern day Traffic police. Incidentally, Hanuman is believed to have been born in Hampi.

Numerous statues of Lord Hanuman are found in Hampi. Some studies have estimated the number of statues to be more than thousand.

The newindipress reports:

Over a thousand statues of ‘Hanuman’ are found in the temples of Hampi and surrounding areas. A large number of statues of Hanuman are placed in such a fashion that its hand and facial direction in one statue leads to the next monument in Hampi. Similar statues are also placed at road diversions, towards other places and river beds of Tungabadhra.

Anjanadri Parvat in Hampi is believed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. This place finds reference in the kishkinda of the epic Ramayana. 575 steps lead to the top of the hill from where one gets a full view of Hampi. Atop the Hill there is a murti of Hanuman and his mother Anjana.