New Delhi, May 7, 2017: Hanuman Jayanti, also known as Hanumath Jayanti is celebrated with zest and fervour. Lord Hanuman as mentioned in the epics like Ramayana has been exhibiting valour, strength and Energy but the reason behind it is interesting. This day marks the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman. On this auspicious day, devotees of Lord Hanuman celebrate him and seek his protection and blessings. They visit temples to worship him and give religious offerings with reverence. In return, the temple priests give prasad in the form of sweets, flowers, coconuts, tilak, sacred ash (udi) and ganga jal (holy water). People also celebrate him on this day by chanting and reciting various devotional hymns and prayers like the Hanuman Chalisa and reading holy scriptures like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
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Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of the Hindus. Lord Hanuman is an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Rama and is widely known for his unwavering devotion to Sri Rama. Hanuman is the epitome of strength and energy. There are some interesting facts about lord Hanuman, He is able to assume any form at will, he possesses the gada (including many celestial weapons), move mountains, dart through the air, seize the clouds and he rivals Garuda in swiftness of flight.
The celebration of this festival is marked by smearing a long tilak or paste of vermillion on their foreheads. To commemorate the day, many devotees also observe a day long fast. It is said the god was known to be of the colour of vermillion, which is why people smeared the tilak on their foreheads on this day. It is believed that’s how the orange-red coloured ‘vanara’ race came into being prior to the Hindu epic of Ramayana.
Lord Hanuman is worshipped as a deity with the ability to attain victory against evil and provide protection to its worshippers and devotees.
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In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated by Diksha of 41 days commencing on Chaitra Purnima (April 11, 2017) and concluding it on the tenth day during Krishna Paksha in the month of Vaishaka (May 21, 2017). Hanumanth Jayanti is observed in a distinct way by Telugu devotees by going to temples dedicated Lord Hanuman.
Aku Pooja and other special rituals are performed by devotees on the occasion at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy hill shrine in Yadagirigutta. Special prayers are offered to Lord Hanuman by those who embraced Hanuman deeksha, who is the ‘Kshetra Palaka’ of the hill shrine. ‘Laksha pathra pooja’ and other devotional programs are held on the day.
Hanuman Chalisa and Hanuman Ashtak are chanted or listened by devotees on the day. Some people read the Sundara Kandam.
– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse