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Hanuman Vadamala Count - Story - Significance of Vada Mala for Hanuman

There are no written rules regarding Hanuman Vadamala count. You can offer any number of Vadas depending on your health and financial capacity.

Hanuman is usually offered 1, 8, 16, 51, 108 or 1008 Vadas. You can also offer 10008 or 100008…

Forget the count, offer it with devotion. All that matters is devotion.

Significance of Vada Mala for Hanuman

Vada is a food item, which is part of South Indian cuisine. It is made using Urad Dal or Black Gram. Hundreds of Vada are strewn together to make a garland and it is then offered to Hanuman.

Significance of Vada Mala is that offering it to Hanuman helps in overcoming Rahu Dosha.

The story behind making Vada Mala is associated with Rahu Navgraha. Rahu had given the boon to Hanuman that whoever offers Urad Dal or Black Gram to Hanuman will not have the adverse effect associated with the positioning of Rahu in horoscope.

People therefore prepare Vada Mala and offer to Hanuman.

Hanuman Vadamala Story

Vadamala is an important offering to Hanuman in South India, especially in temples in Tamil Nadu. The story of Vadamala offering to Hanuman is associated with Navgraha Rahu.

Child Hanuman once thought Sun to be reddish fruit in the sky and decided to grab it. Hanuman soon moved towards Sun at an unimaginable speed. At the same time, Rahu Navgraha was also moving towards Sun to cause eclipse.

Hanuman Murti Wearing Vadamala

But Rahu was easily defeated by Hanuman in the race towards sun.

Rahu realized who Hanuman was and gave him the boon that those who worshipped Hanuman with urad dal (black gram) will not face any hardships in his/her horoscope due to the bad position of Rahu.

Rahu also explained to Hanuman how to prepare the Prasad using Urad dal. It should be like a snake – like the part of Rahu’s body.

Thus round Vada is made into a garland and offered to Hanuman.

Vadamala is offered to Hanuman to avoid the adverse effect caused by planet Rahu in horoscope.

Vada or Uzhunnu Vada is served along with breakfast (idli and dosa) and is a popular dish in South Indian breakfast.

The Vada is prepared by mixing salt and black pepper. All these are considered offering to Rahu.