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Why Hanuman is known as Balaji? – Reason and Story of the Name Balaji Hanuman

In some regions of India, Hanuman is referred to as Balaji Hanuman. Today, the term Balaji is more popularly used to refer to Lord Venkateswara worshipped in the Tirumala Tirupati Temple. But why is Hanuman known as Balaji. The reason and story of the name Balaji Hanuman is associated with the childhood of Anjaneya.

Hanuman is known as Balaji because of the miracles he performed during his childhood. Devotees are addressing child Hanuman through the name – Bala ji.

Balaji Hanuman is worshiped at Mehndipur in Rajasthan. It is believed that Vayu Bhagavan carried Hanuman to the lap of his mother at Mehndipur. This incident happened after child Hanuman attempted to swallow the sun and Indra hit him with his Vajra or lightning sword.

The childhood of Hanuman is worshipped and celebrated in these regions as Balaji – especially in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and many other regions in North India.

Balaji is also worshiped for a unique reason – for exorcising people from evil spirits. It is believed that Hanuman had appointed Pretraj Sarkar as the king of ghosts. They together relieves people who are possessed by evil spirits and ghosts.