Last Updated: 4/12/2013 1:09:55 PM
Hanuman Jayanti in 2016 is on April 22. This auspicious occasion marks the birth of Hanuman ji which is celebrated in Shukla pratipada (Full Moon day) of Chaitra month. Hanuman is one of the important deities of Hindu people. Hindu mythologists believe that Hanuman ji is only God who is tangible in kalayug (Iron age). And that is why crores of devotees of Hanuman ji are present in today’s time. Tuesday and Saturday are blessed days to rememberHanuman ji but Hanuman Jayanti shows a great mark that endows a fortunate opportunity for truly seeking the blessing of this deity. All devotees or adorers of Hanuman Ji devotionally celebrate Hanuman Jayanti. And huge crowd of followers of Hanuman can be seen in temples and shrines during Hanuman Jayanti. As per Hindu mythologies, great Hanuman has enormous power to conquer evil spirits or fearful occurrence and has magical strengths to destruct devils which venerate him with name ‘Sankat Mochan Hanuman’. For Hindu people Hanuman Jayanti is one of the prosperous occasions. Hanuman is true reflection of strength, energy and supreme power. Hanuman is regarded to be able to take any form of size from tiny to gigantic large and can move anywhere swiftly. Hanuman has monkey face and a tail like monkey and thus is also said to be Kapeeshwar or Lord of monkey.
We admire Hanuman from depthof our soul. Hanuman is said to be the ‘Param Bhakt (great devotee) of Lord Rama. Hanuman showers his mercy on those who deeply worship Lord Rama. Hanuman ji is known as God of strength and power. We may destroyany kind of fear by just memorizing the name of Hanuman ji. The great deeds of Hanuman ji can be beautifully understood by reciting the epic of Ramayan. Hanuman ji was born to Kesari and Anjani, and thus we regard him ‘Kesari Nandan’ and ‘Anjani Putra’. Shri Hanuman is also embodiment of Lord Shiva. In Hindu Mythology, He is also believed to be the son of Vayu (one of the Hindu deities) and is honored as ‘Pawan Putra’. Mahaveer Hanuman has supreme power, and he is immortal. Shri Hanuman has various names. We honor him with names Bajarngbali, Anjaneya, Akshahantrey, Bhakthavatsala (protector of devotees),Cheeranjeevi (Eternal Being), Dashabahu (Ten Armed), Lookapujya (worshiped by the Universe) and much more.
During Hanuman Jayanti, temples or shrines of Hanuman ji are wonderfully embellished using vivid lights and flowers. Glorious idols or pictures of Hanuman ji are beautifully decorated in temples. Many devotees bring pictures or images of Bal Hanuman (child Hanuman) and establish it inhome shrines. During such propitious occasion, adores get early in morning, take bath and religiously worship Hanuman ji to remove their impurities. Reciting Sundar Kand, the fifth book in the Ramayan, is also one of the important ritual attached to Hanuman Jayanti. In Hanuman temples, pundits and devotes sing devotional songs, bhajan, kirtan and arti of Hanuman ji. Most people visit Hanuman temples and offer their adoration spiritually. They also apply tilak or Lal Sindur to Hanuman during this occasion, as Lal Sindur is favorite of Hanuman ji. In all temples of Lord Ram and Seeta, murti of Hanuman is necessarily installed. Without attaching image of Hanuman, Ram temples are seemed incomplete, as Hanuman is param and priya Bhakt of Lord Rama and Seeta.
Hindu people chant Hanuman Chalisa, Hanuman Stuti, and other Hanuman invocation during on this auspicious time to please deity Hanuman. In Hanuman Jayanti, religious people and Hanuman devotees offer verities of Prasad (blessed food), various types of sweets, and colorful flowers, especially lal jasud (red shoe flower) to delight deity Hanuman. One Hanuman Mantra in Sanskrit you can chant by seeing here:
Hanuman Jayanti 2016, like every year, will be celebrated on April 15 with immense spirit and joy. May this Hanuman Jayanti 2016 bring happiness and help you accomplish your true wishes! Jai Bajarangbali.
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