Shri Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Anjaneya Swami popularly known as Hanuman, Maruti, Pavanputra, Mahavira or Bajrang Bali. All over the world, the mighty Hanuman is known as the Hindu Monkey God.
Hanuman Jayanti 2013 Date
Shri Hanuman Jayanti in 2013 will be celebrated on 25 April 2013
When is Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated
Lord Hanuman’s birthday is celebrated in north India every year on Chaitra Purnima (Full Moon day) which corresponds to March-April of Gregorian calendar. Hanuman Jayanti falls just after Ram Navami- the birthday of Lord Rama- whose greatest devotee is none other than Shri Hanuman. However, in many South Indian states, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated on Vaishakha Bahula Dasami in the months of May – June.
Birth of Anjaneya Swami – Hanuman
There are many legends that go to describe the birth of Anjaneya Swami who later came to be known as Shri Hanuman- the one with broken chin. His birth has also been associated with stories that describe how he was sent to the earth by Gods to assist Rama- the avatar of Lord Vishnu- for destroying the evil king of Lanka, Ravana.
Hanuman who is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion lived with only one motto – to serve his Lord Rama. He himself is believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva who took birth from the womb of Anjana (thus named Anjaneya). Too know more about his birth, read Birth Story of Hanuman
Hanuman Jayanti Festival Celebrations
The day of Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated by his devotees by remembering him all the day long through reciting Hanuman stutis, mantras, devotional songs and Hanuman Chalisa -a set of 40 ‘shloka’ or hymns, all praising and invoking Lord Hanuman. The day begins early on Hanuman Jayanti and his devotees, most of whom observe fast, go to Hanuman temples early in the morning to offer special prayers to their beloved deity.
The Hanuman Mandirs (Ttemples) are decorated with flowers, saffron color clothes and flowers as well as lighting. The pictures of Hanuman and ‘Bal Hanuman’ (Baby Hanuman) are also decorated. The idols of Hanuman in many temples are covered with orangish red sindur (vermilion). The devotees offer ‘Prasad’ (fruits, sweets as offering to god) and wear ‘Tilaka’ (mark on the forehead) with the sindur taken from the feet of Hanuman. They chant Hanuman mantras and Hanuman chalisa which is known to keep all troubles at bay because Hanuman is the ‘Sankat Mochan’ – the one who overpowers all troubles.
The fast of Hanuman Jayanti is mostly observed by men because Hanuman was a Brahmachari (celibate). Many ancient Hanuman temples even restrict women from entering into the temple of Hanuman. Those who observe partial fast, eat fruits and have milk in the evening after doing Hanuman Puja (worship). Those who strictly fast on Hanuman jayanti break their fasts only on the next day.
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