Upon being cursed, apsarā (apsara) Puñjikasthalā (Punjikasthala), daughter of the Water-god Varuṇa (Varuna), was born as the daughter of Kuñjara (Kunjara), the vānara (vanara; monkey) king [here ‘monkey’ must be read in terms of the ethnic group of people who used to wear the totem of monkey] and married off to another vānara king, Keśarī (Kesari). This woman, Añjanā (Anjanaa), was universally famous for her good looks and could take any form as she wished. Once she, taking the shape of a highly beautiful young woman, was promenading on a mountain, when she was noticed by Pavana, the Wind-god. Seeing her bodily curves, which became prominent from under her silken garment, Pavana could not restrain himself anymore. He made her clothes fly away and wanted to mate forcibly with her. At this moment Añjanā, a chaste woman devoted to her husband, grew hysteric with the anxiety of breaking the vow of chastity of a married woman. The Wind-god reassured her by saying, “I shall not harm you in any way. But though I have not mated with you physically, I have done so by merely embracing you” — manasāsmi gato yat tvāṃ pariṣvajya yaśasvinī — “and union with a god will never fail. As a result of this, you will give birth to an exceptionally radiant, powerful and strong son, who will have my power of speed at running, leaping and other athletic abilities.” Later, inside a secluded cave, Añjanā gave birth to an immensely powerful and physically strength son: Hanumān (Hanuman).

According to Skandapurāṇa (Skandapurana), a childless Añjanā immersed herself in severe tapasyā (tapasya) of the Wind-god  on Veṅkaṭagiri (Venkatagiri; Venkata Mountains) in order to have children. As a boon, Pavana himself was born to her as a son.