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Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman, who is an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Rama. The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa), in 2017, which is on 11 April. Lord Hanuman helped Sri Rama in rescuing Sita from Ravana’s empire. One can read full his story in Indian epic Ramayana.
Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations
Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, wield the gada including many celestial weapons, move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and equally rival Garuda in swiftness of flight. He is worshipped as a deity with the ability to conquer evil spirits and provide protection.
On Hanuman Jayanti it is customary for devotees to recite and chant the Hanuman Chalisa which is said to keep the evil away. From dawn, devotee’s visit Hanuman temples to worship him and get his blessings. On the auspicious day, prasad is also offered to the devotees who visit temples and other religious shrines of Lord Hanuman. In southern part of India devotees observe 41 days of Deeksha before and conclude it on Hanuman Jayanthi day.
Significance Of Hanuman Jayanti Celebration
Hanuman Jayanti celebration indicates the balanced coexistence of the whole human fraternity with the nature’s incredible and divine creature, Lord Hanuman from Vanara community. This celebration has lots of importance to all however Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders are specially inclined towards this celebration. Lord Hanumaan is famous among devotees by many names. Like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more.
Hanuman avatar is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Siva with great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence and spirit for selfless service. The devotees pray him for getting blessed with all these for their bright future. He has devoted his life only for his Lord Rama and Mata Sita and never shows his bravery and intelligence without any purpose.
Legend Behind Celebration Of Hanuman Jayanti
Once, a great saint named Angira went to visit the heaven king, Indra and welcomed there through the dance presented by a damsel named, Punjiksthala. However, saint was not used of that type dance and started meditating on his God. After the end of dance, he was asked by the Indra about the performance of dance. He was silent and said that I was in deep meditation to my Almighty because I have no interest in such dance. It was very ashamed to the Indra and damsel; she started disappointing the saint and then cursed by the Angira that “Behold! You shall degrade to earth from Swarg. You will be born as a female monkey in the mountain forests”.
She then felt sorry and regretted to the saint then a merciful saint supported her through blessings like, “A great devotee of Paramatma will be born to you. He will forever serve Paramatma”. She became the daughter of Kunjar (king of the monkeys on earth) and got married to the Kapiraj Kesari of the Mount Sumeru. She gave birth to the Hanuman with the help of five divine factors such as curse and blessings of the saint Angira, her prayers, blessings of Lord Shiva, blessings of Vayu deva and Putreshti Yagna’s fruit. It is considered that Lord Shiva had to rebirth as a human being on the earth in his 11th Rudra avatar in the form of Hanuman as He could not serve to the Lord Rama by being in His real form.
The whole Vanara community including all the human fraternity was happy and celebrated his birthday with great enthusiasm and joy by dancing, singing and lots of activities. From then, it was started celebrating as a Hanuman Jayanti by his devotees to get strength and wisdom like him.
Jitendrium Buddhimatam Varishtham
Shri Ramdutam Sharanam Prapdye.