Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hindu Lord, Hanuman. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra (Chaitra Pournima) on 15th day of the Shukla Paksha. In 2016, Hanuman Jayanti falls on 22nd April.
How and When is Hanuman Jayanti celebrated
Lord Hanuman, a dedicated disciple of the Lord Ram, is worshipped all over for his deep devotion to the Lord Ram. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Hindu religion as an important festival of the Hindus. People worship Lord Hanuman as a symbol of devotion, magical powers, strength and energy. Hanuman Chalisa is believed to be read as it has ability to conquer the evil spirits and provide peace to the mind. Lord Hanuman is worshipped on this day. They apply red tilak (vermillion) to the forehead of Hanuman idol, read Hanuman Chalisa, offer Prasad of laddoo, perform Aarti by chanting mantras and Aarti songs and make round of the temple. After puja, people apply red Sindur to their own foreheads as a Prasad
Hanuman Jayanti celebration indicates the balanced coexistence of the whole human fraternity with the nature’s incredible creature, Lord Hanuman from Vanara community. People from the Hindu religion worship Lord Hanuman as a divine creature. This celebration has lots of importance to all however Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders are specially inclined towards this celebration. There are many names through which Lord Hanuman is famous among his devotees like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more.
Hanuman avatar is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Siva, who has the qualities like great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, and a spirit for selfless service. He has devoted his life only for his Lord Ram and Mata Sita and never shows his bravery and intelligence without any purpose. The devotees of the Lord Hanuman always pray him for getting blessed with the same for their bright future. He is worshipped in many ways by his devotees; some meditates by repeating his name many times to get power, fame and success in the life whereas some read the Hanuman Chalisa to get the same.
Brief History behind Celebration of Hanuman Jayanti
Once, a great saint named Angira went to visit the heaven king, Indra and he was welcomed there by 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. He was silent and said that he was in deep meditation to my Almighty since he had no interest in such dance. It was very shameful for Indra. The damsel was also deeply ashamed and she started disappointing the saint. On this, the saint cursed her that “Behold! You shall degrade to earth from Swarg. You will be born as a female monkey in the mountain forests”.
Punjiksthala then felt sorry and regretted to the saint who mercifully blessed her by saying, “A great devotee of Paramatma will be born to you. He will forever serve Paramatma”. In the later birth 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 Ram 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 on , the day is celebrated as a Hanuman Jayanti by his devotees to get strength and wisdom like him.
~~~~ Jai Shree Ram ~~~