Significance of Hanuman Jayanthi

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Significance of Hanuman Jayanthi

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Introduction Hanuman Jayanthi is the day of birth of Lord Hanuman on earth and it is celebrated with piety all over the country. Hanuman is a great devotee of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Also known as Maruthi, Hanuman is also a God in his own right and is himself regarded as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is monkey-faced and remains as a rare combination of power, courage, scholarship and humility. Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on Chaitra Pournima, the full Moon day in the month of Chaitra, that is March-April. However in states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is observed on the Amavasya, new Moon day in Margazhi month (December-January), while in Andra, Telangana and Karnataka.

Significance of Hanuman Jayanthi

Legends about Hanuman

There are interesting legends about Hanuman and his birth. He was born as the son of the monkey chieftain Kesari and his spouse Anjana. He is also believed to be an aspect of Shiva, born by the grace of Vayu, the Wind God. As per mythological accounts, Anjana was originally a celestial damsel who incurred the curse of a sage and was born on earth, in the clan of the Vanaras, the monkeys. She married Kapiraj Kesari, a Vanara warrior and Hanuman was born them. It is said that Shiva was a great devotee of Rama and wanted to serve him from close quarters, and hence he himself incarnated as Hanuman and remained as the most ardent Rama Bhaktha. It is a practice to apply Sindoor, the vermilion paste on the image of Hanuman as a form of worship. There is a legend on this too. On seeing divine mother Sita applying Sindoor on her forehead, Hanuman is said to have asked her the reason. Sita replied that it is done for the long life of Lord Rama. Thinking that instead of putting it only in the head, if he applied it all over his body, then his dear Rama may live all the more longer. Hence, Hanuman is believed to have smeared Sindoor everywhere in his body. Devotees too started applying Sindoor all over the idol of Hanuman and worshipping him with the belief that this will please the Lord and get his abundant blessings for the devotees.

Significance of Hanuman Jayanthi

Hanuman is regarded as a mighty God and is very widely worshipped all over the country. Called by innumerable names like Anjaneya, Bajrangabali, Sankat Mochan, Rudra etc. this great devotee of Rama is considered the 11th Rudra Avatar of Lord Shiva. Hanuman is also a Chiranjeevi, that is, the one who lives forever and hence, is believed to be physically present on earth to receive our prayers in person and shower his blessings on us. It is also believed that the prayers made to him on the day of his Jayanthi will be many times more effective and hence people chant the name of Hanuman and sing hymns in his praise, as many times as possible on this auspicious day.

Rituals associated with Hanuman Jayanthi

On this sacred occasion, people offer worship to Lord Hanuman at home and also in temples with fervour. Hanuman idols are well decorated and many offerings are also made to the deity which include the sweet Laddu. Hanuman is believed to have been born around sunrise time and hence Kirtans consisting of religious discourses and devotional songs, are conducted even before sunrise. People also observe fasts, meditate on the Lord, read slokas like Hanuman Chalisa and do charity. Arti is taken at the end and sacred Prasad is distributed to all the devotees. Wrestling and boxing competitions are also held, especially in rural pockets.

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