Hanuman Jayanti 2018 Date : March 31, 2018 (Saturday)
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A brief about Hanuman Jayanti
The birth of Lord Hanuman is known as Hanuman Jayanti. On this auspicious day our favourite God Hanuman is commemorated and his birthday is celebrated throughout India. It falls on the fifteenth day of Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra.
According to Hindu Mythology, once there was a damsel who danced in front of Lord Indra, but he was not interested much and rather meditated. At the end of dance, damsel’s saint asked Lord Indra about the dance and got the response that Lord Indra did not like those types of dances and as a result saint cursed the damsel that she would be degraded to earth. On earth, a merciful saint blessed her by saying that a great devotee of parmatma would be born to her. Hence, she gave birth to Lord 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 believed that Lord Shiva took birth as avatar.
How Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated
Lord Hanuman, ardent devotee and dedicated disciple of Lord Rama is worshipped all over India. On the day of Hanuman Jayanti, all temples of Lord Hanuman, especially that are ‘Shakti Peeth’ are full of devotees of Hanumanji and they start their pooja right after holy bath. Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival for all the people who belong to Hindu religion and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Hanuman Chalisa and Aarti of Lord Hanuman are the essence of pooja. It is a great Hindu ritual by culture and by tradition. Other ceremonies on this auspicious day include applying red tilak to the forehead of the God, reading Chalisa of Hanuman, “offering prashad of laddoo” to all devotees followed by aarti and “parikrama” of the temple. Prasad is the most important part of any pooja, unless it is eaten by the devotee pooja is incomplete. Prasad indicates the blessing from Lord Hanuman. The occasion is celebrated on different days in different parts of India. Like, in Maharashtra it falls on fourteenth day of Ashvin month in the dark fortnight. In Southern part of India, it is celebrated in the month of December as it is believed that Lord Hanuman was born then. On the other hand, in Odisha the occasion is celebrated on the first day of Vaishaka.
Lord Hanuman is a symbol of power, strength and energy. Thus, the occasion indicates the balanced coexistence of the entire human fraternity with the nature’s incredible creature, Lord Hanuman. It is believed that Lord Hanuman is the only God that is present on Earth even today. He is a divine creature. This occasion carries a lot of significance for all brahmacharis, bodybuilders and wrestlers present all over India. There are several names of God say for example Pavansut, Mangal Murti Maarut Nandan, Anjani Ke Laal, Bajrangbali, Mahavira, Balibima, Rudra, Sankatmochan, Maruti etc. Lord Hanuman is the eleventh avatar of Lord Shiva and denotes all his attributes like knowledge, bravery, power, fearlessness, spirit of selfless service and strength. Devotion towards Lord Hanuman is displayed by his devotees in many ways. Some enchant his name several times, some read Hanuman Chalisa several times a day or some do meditation commemorating him.