Barack Obama’s lucky charm: Carries a miniature god Hanuman in his pocket

Time magazine’s photo blog has a very interesting picture where Barack Obama is displaying the things he carries in his pocket to bring him luck. One of them is a tiny metal statue of the Hindu god Hanuman.

What caught my eye that tiny icon (or Murti) did not look like one of god Hanuman as it has 4 hands, one holding a chakra, the other a trishul or a gada, the other two hands have a lotus and a conch, presumably. These 4 things are associated with Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). However, the tiny statue has a tail (it also looks like that while showing this to the reporters, the face of the statue was touching the palm). Sending this image to a professor at Delhi University for further analysis.

Here is the slightly annotated version of the original picture.

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  • jayant joshi

    I too think its not hanumaan, but thats what written everywhere. But one thing is sure. It an hindu god idol.

  • http://khaitan.org/mt indus

    Yup. Interesting!

  • amar irani

    Narasimha with HiranyaKashyap!

  • http://narasimhaye.wordpress.com/ narasimhaye

    Lord Hanuman like any other Hindu deity, comes in many poses. This may just be one of them. Hanuman is loyal and faithful to Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Rama is the model uprighteous man, citizen, colleague, leader, husband and father. May just be coincidental that Obama favors the icon without knowing its background. This is really one of the most perfect lucky charms to have for a President! The lotus and conch are connected to Vishnu. The trishul is associated with Shiva who in some myths, is said to be Hanuman’s father.

  • Milan

    What did the Delhi University professor say?

  • http://www.arthritistreatmentlab.com Hayley

    i admire Barack Obama because he is very charismatic and he is liberal minded.

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