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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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Life Lessons We All Should Learn From Lord Shiva

There are lot's if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

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There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons
There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Lord Shiva is the supreme Hindu Deity
  • He is a symbol of peace and tranquillity
  • There are lot’s if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

Lord Shiva as everyone knows is a Hindu God. He is one of the Trinity and is the principal deity of Hinduism.  God Shiva is considered the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” of the world. The Birth and history of Lord Shiva are topics of great discussions and confusions.

Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of hinduism. Wikimedia Commons
Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of Hinduism. Wikimedia Commons

Lord Shiva is known to have no end and no beginning, yet, the origin of his birth is a much sought-after topic for several generations. Many ‘Puranas’ claims Shiva to be ‘aja’ meaning the one who has no birth. Some other scriptures claim that Lord Shiva was born out of Lod Narayana or Lord Vishnu. However, the authenticity of all the claims remain unclear, and there is still a solid mystery which surrounds the origin and birth of Shiva.

Shiva is also known Mahadev, i.e., the gods of all gods and rightly so. Throughout the Hindu mythology, Shiva has been portrayed as a tranquil and peaceful figure who grants all prayers of his followers and devotees. His another name is ‘Bhole Bhandari’ because of his innocent nature.

Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay
Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay

However, other than his peaceful nature, the other thing Lord Shiva is famous for is his flaring temper. Indian mythology is full of stories about Lord Shiva causing mass destruction due to his anger. The opening of his third eye is said to cause mass destruction.

Also Read: Enigmatic Mount Kailash: The abode of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva’s appearance is a beautiful shade of blue because of him consuming the poison from the sea to save the world. However, just like his body is shades of blue there are many shades to his personality as well. Here are few life lessons of Lord Shiva that we all need to take a note of.

  • Come what may never tolerate the evil. Being destroyer of the evil himself, Shiva teaches us to never tolerate or bow down in front of the evil.
  • Self-control is the key to living a fulfilled life. Excess is of everything is bad and losing control ourselves is worse. One should always have a control over themselves to live a successful and fulfilled life.
  • Materialistic happiness is temporary. To be happy, be adjustable like water. Shiva says that attaching our happiness to earthy, material things won’t give us long-lasting happiness.
  • Keeping calm is very important. Lord Shiva used to meditate for hours and is easily the epitome of calmness and that’s what he advocates too.
  • Desires lead to destruction. Shiva believes that desires lead to obsessions which in turn leads to destruction. Never desire more than what you deserve. Be happy with what you have and work hard for what you want to achieve.
  • Respect your family. Lord Shiva is husband to Goddess Parvati and father to Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. He respected his children and especially wife a lot. Respecting one’s  family is very important for living a successful life.
  • Control your ego and let go of pride. Ego prevents us from achieving greatness. Let go of your pride and control your ego to live a fulfilled life.
  • Everything is temporary. Everything in this world is temporary. Time changes as do we and our choices and desires. It is better to let go of all the ‘moh maya’ and live in the moment happily with what we already have.