Hanuman is a Hindu deity, who was an ardent devotee of Rama according to the Hindu legends.
Hanuman is a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana and its various versions.
Hanuman also finds mentions in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts.
A vanara (ape-like humanoid), Hanuman participated in Rama's war against the demon king Ravana.
Several texts also present hanuman as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is also considered the son of Vayu, who according to several mythological stories, played a role in his birth.