What is Hanuman Jayanti?
The Hindu festival that commemorates the birth of the Vanara God, Hanuman is
known as Hanuman Jayanti. This festival is grandly celebrated during the month
of the Chaitra Pournimaa that is on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha. On this
day, devotees in large number flock the nearest Hanuman temples to worship him.
Hanuman is a committed devotee of Lord Rama. He is worshipped by everybody
because of his unflinched devotion towards Lord Rama.
History of Hanuman Jayanti
Among the festival of Hindus, Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival. Hanuman
is marked as the symbol of energy and strength. According to the folk tradition,
he is worshipped as a deity with the ability and magical powers to control any
kind of evil spirit. Hanuman was part and parcel of Lord Rama endure his 14
years life in jungle and help him in the battle against Ravana. It is said that
Hanuman has the ability to assume any kind of form at will.
How Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated?
On the day of Hanuman Jayanti, all the devotees visits nearest Hanuman temples
and usually apply tilak of sindhur on their foreheads from the idol of Hanuman.
There is a traditional belief that Hanuman largely loves sindhur. In Orissa, on
the first day of Baisakha month, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated according to the
Oriya calendar. This day is also celebrated as Maha Vishuva Sankranti (New Year)
by all Oriyas. In Andhra Pradesh, Hanuman Jayanthi is grandly celebrated on the
10th day of Bahula. In the month of Margazhi, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in
Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There is a common belief that Hanuman was born on the new
moon day. In the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated in
Maharashtra, on the full moon day. It is to be noted that on this day, spiritual
discourses in Hanuman temples are started at dawn. The idol of Hanuman is
decorated with sindhur and flowers. The devotees flock the Hanuman temples with
lot of offerings mainly fruits. The youth pray to Lord Hanuman in order to build
and maintain muscular body structure like him. Special prayer and puja is done
in the local gymnasiums too.