Hanuman Entering Surasa's mouth


Academy of Fine Arts and Literature

Academy of Fine Arts and Literature
New Delhi, India

While jumping across the ocean in the course of his search for Sita Hanuman encounters a number of she-demons, Ravana’s sea-guards around Lanka. One of them, Surasa, challenges Hanuman and to devour him expands her mouth. Hanuman doubles the size of his body. Surasa further expands her mouth and Hanuman again doubles his body size. This continues for long. Suddenly Hanuman reduces himself to almost an invisible size, enters Surasa’s mouth, passes through her womb and re-emerges. Now re-born of her he claims to be her son deserving her protection.


  • Title: Hanuman Entering Surasa's mouth
  • Date: 1901/1999
  • Location: Orissa
  • Physical Dimensions: 14x19cm
  • Provenance: Orissa School
  • Subject Keywords: Hanuman
  • Medium: Paper

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