Hanuman and camels? How did camels become Hanuman's mount?I know that this isn't norm in all India but I know that in south atleast people consider a camel as a mount of Lord Hanuman. Last Dusshera by a local Bengali family also sported a Hanuman riding a camel, carrying Sita. This was unusual. I've read different translations of Ramayana and none of them mention a camel. Maybe few modern regional versions do but the one by Valmiki didn't.
Ram was a guy from modern day UP. He must be acquainted with camels. Even today camel tongas roam freely in UP, Haryana and Rajastan. But Kishkinta, where Hanuman lived, was to the south of Vindhyas, probably modern Karnataka. These parts should have been untouched by camels. How could a Kannada Hanuman get hold of a Rajastani camel to call it his mount?