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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

 

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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.