Hanuman Jayanti, a major Hindu holiday, commemorates Lord Hanuman’s birth. The auspicious festival, also known as Hanumath Jayanti, Hanuman Janamotsav, Anjaneya Jayanti, or Bajrangbali Jayanti.
Lord Hanuman, a Rama devotee, is regarded as a symbol of vigour and life. He is seen as a divinity capable of protecting humans from harm and triumphing against evil.
On the festival of Hanuman Jayanti, people worship him to seek his blessings and protection.
According to Hindu mythology, as the son of ‘Pawan,’ the God of Winds, and ‘Anjanee,’ also known as ‘Pawanputra,’ is endowed with tremendous physical and mental strength that is extremely inspirational.
Lord Hanuman is regarded as Lord Shiva’s twelfth Rudra manifestation.
He represents strength and selfless dedication, and his capacity and drive to accomplish impossible deeds is documented in various tales of the Ramayana.
He demonstrated his unwavering love for Lord Ram, who also blessed him and rewarded his devotion by treating him as a brother.
When is Hanuman Jayanti celebrated?
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the 15th day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Chaitra (April-May).
Due to variations in the Hindu calendar followed by different states, Hanuman Jayanti is observed in different months in different parts of India.
Sankat Mochan Temple in Varanasi and Hanuman Garhi in Ayodhya are major festival sites in North India.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the Margazhi month, which falls between December and January.
This day falls during the dark fortnight of the Vaisakha month in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. Hanuman Jayanti is the culmination of a forty-one day period in Andhra Pradesh.
Hanuman Jayanti is observed on the first day of Vishubha Sankranti in Baisakha, according to the Oriya calendar.
Hanuman Jayanti, which is celebrated a day before Diwali, is the forerunner to Diwali for some cultures.
Worshipping Lord Hanuman will provide you with the courage, strength, and intelligence you may require in many life-threatening situations.
How to Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti celebrations began early in the morning with special pooja done by devotees. Devotees do sacred Puja in Sree Hanuman temples or at home.
In India, people organise special prayers for Lord Hanuman to ward off evil spirits. The God is well-known for its magical abilities.
All day long, prayers and hymns are chanted at numerous Hanuman temples dedicated to the Lord.
In Hindu mythology, Hanuman is a sign of enormous power and strength. He is said to have carried a mountain on his shoulder.
People put red Sindur from Lord’s feet to their foreheads on the auspicious day of Hanuman Jayanti. This is thought to be a ritual for good health and luck.
Offering crimson vermillion with ghee to Hanuman’s statue is one of the most significant puja practises.
Red flowers, rui leaves with areca nut, fruits, particularly bananas, ladoos, and diyas are provided.
Devotees do ‘arti’ and recite the Hanuman Chalisa and Bajrang Baan. Because it is believed that Hanuman was born at daybreak, recitations and poring over holy texts are performed at dawn, followed by a ‘prasad’ distribution ceremony.
Fasting a day before Hanuman Jayanti is common in Western India, and fasting on the day of Hanuman Jayanti is common in Northern India.
It is also significantly more popular among males, particularly wrestlers and bodybuilders.
It is thought that singing the Hanuman Chalisa 100 times for 100 days can aid in the attainment of the four tenets of Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.
Hanuman Jayanti commemorates Lord Hanuman’s unwavering devotion to Lord Rama and his daring exploits.
Lord Hanuman led a monkey army and built a bridge to Lanka in their effort to defeat Ravana. He also carried a mountain of magical herbs on his shoulders in order to restore Lakshman’s life.
Thus, the ubiquitous standing statue of Lord Hanuman with his heart wide open is both a metaphor and a literal representation of his boundless devotion to Lord Ram, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshman.
The exceptional role of Lord Hanuman, an exemplary follower of Lord Rama, is very thoroughly spelled out in situations demanding strength, will-power, and courage in the epic narrative of Ramayana.
Tulsidas’ ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ beautifully develops Lord Hanuman’s persona. Lord Hanuman, also known as ‘Sankat Mochan,’ can prevent the nine planets from causing harm to one’s life and protect one from the power of bad spirits.
Tuesdays and Saturdays in India are dedicated to the worship of Lord Hanuman in order to obtain his blessings for growth, wisdom, and fearlessness.
Significance of Hanuman Jayanti
Lord Hanuman represents bravery, self-control, the ultimate stage of devotion, intellect, sense-control, and humility.
Hanuman Jayanti is the most opportune time to adore him and imbue ourselves with all of his amazing characteristics.
Lord Hanuman is also claimed to bestow amazing powers on a’sadhak’ who seeks his blessings on his spiritual quest.
The saffron flag flying near Hanuman temples on roads and in mountainous areas is a sign of protection against any untoward incidence or evil forces.
He has the boon of immortality (thus the name ‘Chiranjeev’), and it is believed he still remains.
When Ravana kidnapped Maa Sita, Hanuman was able to determine her location and use his wits and power to raise an army to reach Lanka and save Sita.
Some of the most notable scenes in the Ramayana include Lanka being burned with his tail and bringing an entire mountain containing’sanjeevani’ or life-saving plants to save Lakshman’s life.
Lord Rama returned his love and devotion by treating him as his brother and bestowing blessings on him.In Mahabharat, there is a narrative of Bheem and Lord Hanuman meeting.