Whenever the word 'devotion' is uttered or talked about, the world reckons one name that is so worthy of adoration and reverence. And that name is of Hanuman. His staunch affection, unflinching love and willingness to lay down life for Lord Ram has touched the hearts of gods as well as his followers. He is the god of monkey who is known worldwide with numerable names. People very affectionately call him Bajrangali, Sankat Mochan, Pavanputra, Anjani Putra, Kesari Nandan, etc. His birthday is celebrated as Hanuman Jayanti by Hindus in India and the world.
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Hanuman. This day appears in the month of Chaitra, which is the full moon day and is called Chaitra Poornima. It falls on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha. People enjoy this festival to honour Hannuman's devotion, strength, power, and intelligence. He was born to Lord Pavan (Wind God) and Maa Anjani. For this reason, Hanuman is also called as "Anjaneya.'
Significance of Hanuman Jayanti
The story concerning with Hanuman Jayanti starts at Lord Indra's durbaar. As Indra ruled the heaven, he used to entertain his guests by offering them exotic drinks, and organizing dance of apsaras. Once, he welcomes sage, Angira and offers him the same treatment. However, since the sage, who is an ascetic does not fancy it, and gets himself busy in medication.
This makes the dancer lose her cool and she comments on the austerity and the lifestyle making Angira angry. To teach her a lesson, he curses her that she will be deprived of the heavenly adobe and will take a birth on earth as a a female monkey in the mountain forests.
Realizing her mistake, the dancer begs for his forgiveness. This calms downs Angira Rishi and he finally gives her a boon that she will give birth to a child who will serve his Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, for his life and would serve a fitting example of devotion and veneration in the world, and the child will be called by her name - Anjani Putra. Hence, the curse and the blessing of the Angira to the dancer proves divine. And the prophecy of the sage comes true when Hanuman first meets Lord Ram. Since, then Hanuman becomes a staunch devotee of Ram and helps him in saving Laxman, and rescuing goddess Sita from the clutches of Ravana.
Seeing his undying love, simplicity, and faith, Lord Ram blesses Hanuman that he will be worshipped along with him. People will either create a temple separately for him, or they will have his idol in the same temple along with him.
Hanuman Jayanti Celebration
Lord Hanuman is the famous and most venerated Hindu God. This day is remembered for his birthday. Devotees visit temples to offer prayer and seek his blessings. Everywhere there are Bhajans, and the recital of Hanuman Chalisa. This day is observed on the full moon day in the month of Chaitra. Along with Hanuman, Shri Ram is also worshiped on this day. Every temple where there is an idol of Ram, there is an idol of Hunaman as well. For the lord and his devotee are inseparable and incomplete without each other.
Since Hanuman leads a life of celibacy, this day is special for all those who practice wrestling. Not that all the wrestlers remain unmarried for their lives, it is the strength that they derive by praying to the lord of power and energy. Lamps are lighted in front of the idol and sindhur (vermilion) is applied on it.
Besides the day of Hanuman Jayanti, people offer prayers to him on every Saturday. As Lord Shani has the power to bring good and bad fortune in peoples' lives, devotees worship Hanuman so that they can come out from any cause or difficult period of their lives. Even if somebody is possessed by an evil spirit, regular prayer and aarti to lord Hanuman eliminates all the ill effects since bad spirits fear him. It is also believed that no outside or supernatural power could cause harm to any person who reads Hanuman Chalisa regularly.
Devotees throng to the Hanuman temples with flowers, coconut and the offering of sweetmeat. In some places in the north of India, a big fair is organized in an open ground to mark the sacred day. Fasting is also a routine part of this day. Many feel immense satisfaction by offering prasad and sweetmeats to their lovable deity. Every Indian home that follows Hindu religion has an idol or a photo frame of Hanuman. People keep it in their homes for protecting themselves from any evil spirits.
Hanuman Jayanti reminds people about the unflinching love, devotion and faith of Hanuman for Lord Ram. People pour in all their devotion and feelings for this god of loyalty and strength on this day. For his devotees, receiving his blessings is a rejuvenating experience.
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