In the epic tale of Ramayana, the prodigious role of Lord Hanuman, an exemplary devotee of Lord Rama, is very well detailed out in state requiring strength, will-power and bravery.
Lord Hanuman’s character is lyrically extended in Tulsidas’s ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. Also invoked as ‘Sankat Mochan’, Lord Hanuman can avoid any ill-effects posed by the nine planets to one’s life as well as save one from the impact of evil spirits.
In India, Tuesdays and Saturdays are dedicated to the worship of Lord Hanuman to get his blessings for progress, sagacity and fearlessness.
SIGNIFICANCE OF HANUMAN JAYANTI
Lord Hanuman is the personification of courage, self-control, highest state of devotion, intellect, sense-control and humility. Hanuman Jayanti is the most favourable time to worship him, to imbibe all his great qualities in our human capacity.
It is also said that Lord Hanuman can grant personification powers to a ‘sadhak’ earnestly seeking his blessings on his spiritual journey. The saffron flag close the Hanuman temples in the highways and the hilly regions are a sign of safeguard against the possibility of any untoward incident or evil energies.
WHAT TO DO
You can visit the Hanuman shrine and offer Prasad laddoo, boondi and red tilak. You can still offer vastra to the lord preferably orange or red colored.
You can also visit any shrine of Lord Rama, as lord Hanuman will also be there, accompanying the ‘Maryada Purshottam’ king and his whole family Sita and Laxmana.
HOW AND WHEN TO CELEBRATE HANUMAN JAYANTI
Lord Hanuman, a devoted disciple of the Hindu Lord Rama, is worshipped all over the India by the Hindu people for his deep devotion to the god Rama. On the day of Hanuman Jayanti festivity, the entire Hanuman shrine becomes full of crowd as people begun puja from the prior morning after a holy bath.
Hanuman Jayanti is commemorated with great enthusiasm by the people of Hindu religion as a significant fete of the Hindus. It is a great Hindu ritual commemorated in cultural and traditional way.
The devotees of Lord Hanuman visit Hanuman shrine on this day later a holy in the early morning, apply red tilak to the foreheads of Hanuman idol, read Hanuman Chalisa, offer Prasad of laddoo, do Aarti by chanting mantras and Aarti songs, and create round of the shrine and so several rituals.
Within the Maharashtra, it is celebrated to the Purnima in the Hindu Lunar month of Chaitra. However, following to the other Hindu calendar, it falls on 14th day of the Ashvin month in the dark fortnight. After the puja, Prasad is spread among people to have full blessings.
SIGNIFICANCE OF HANUMAN JAYANTI CELEBRATION
This festivity has lots of significance to all; however Brahmacharis, wrestlers and body builders are especially inclined towards this festivity.
There are several names through which Lord Hanuman is popular among his devotees like Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and several more.
Hanuman personification is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of the Lord Siva with great devotion, strength, knowledge, divine power, bravery, intelligence, the spirit for selfless service and etc.
HISTORY BEHIND CELEBRATION OF HANUMAN JAYANTI
Once, a great saint named Angira went to visit the heavenly king, Indra and welcomed there during the dance presented by a damsel named, Punjiksthala. However, the saint was not used on that type dance and begun meditating on his God.
Later 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 since I have no interest in such dance.
It was very ashamed to the Indra and damsel; she has begun to disappoint the saint and then cursed by the Angira that “See! You shall degrade to earth from Swarg. You will be born as a female monkey in the pinnacle forests”.
She then felt sorry and regretted to the saint then a merciful saint supported her during blessings like, “An extraordinarily devotee of the Paramatma will be born to you. He will perpetually serve Paramatma”. She became the daughter of Kunjar and got married to the Kapiraj Kesari of the Mount Sumeru.
She gave birth to the Hanuman with the aid of five divine factors such as a curse and blessings of the saint Angira, her prayers, blessings of Lord Shiva, blessings of Vayu deva and Putreshti Yagna’s fruit.
LORD HANUMAN IS THE SIGN OF IMMENSE MIGHT AND UNALLOYED DEVOTION
An historical saying from Indian culture says that if you want Lord Rama to terminate all your sorrows, you can reach Him only through Hanuman. Well, Hanuman is immensely strong and an absolute devotee of Lord Rama.
He is the granter of happiness and destroyer of issues. It is further trust that continuous reciting of the popular Hanuman Chalisa can aid one overcome all sorrows and acquire supernatural powers. As Hanuman is very strong, so his worship has become very powerful.
HANUMAN AS A CHILD LOVED TO PLAY PRANKS
On Hanuman Jayanti, people also memorize him as a mischievous character in his childhood days. In one legend, he crossed mountains, scaled higher to the skies to eat the sun, thinking it to be a mango.
A malefic planet, Rahu which was on its way to form an eclipse with the sun, came in his way and causes him midway. Hanuman vanquish Rahu who later approached Indra, the king of devas, for assistance. To this, Indra replied and threw Vajra that hit the young child and created him unconscious.
Later, finding his son lying in an unconscious state on the earth, an angry Vayu created life hard on the planet to survive. Later, devas realized they created a big mistake and revived the young Hanuman who was blessed with a number of boons.
HOW TO PERFORM PUJA ON HANUMAN JAYANTI
On this favourable day, devotees go to a Hanuman Mandir or shrine and read the sholakas and mantras such as Hanuman Chalisa or Sundar Kaand etc.
It is trusted that these are ways of appeasing the Lord. People also hold a day-long fast to express their trust and show their devotion towards the mighty lord.