Why is Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated?
Hanuman Jayanti, also called Hanuman Janam Utsav, is one of the prominent sacred Hindu events. Hanuman Jayanti is the birth anniversary celebration of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is also fondly called Lord Bajrangbali and is regarded as a superhuman-like monkey deity. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated once every year. Lord Hanuman is also associated with Lord Ram, the 7th avatar of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Sita. Lord Hanuman was a diehard devout devotee and follower of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. Lord Hanuman was among the leading characters in the epic Ramayana.
The date of Hanuman Jayanti can vary every year. The date is determined as per the Hindu calendar. Hanuman Jayanti falls on the full moon in the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra, also called as Chaitra Purnima. Purnima means the full moon. This is the 15th day in the Hindu calendar month, of the Shukla Paksha. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing phase of the moon. In 2019, Hanuman Jayanti is falling on the 19th of April, on Friday.
Hanuman Jayanti is not only celebrated in remembrance and honor to the deity Lord Hanuman but also for astrological purposes, e.g., natives with a weak or malefic Saturn. Natives seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman to bring auspiciousness and favorability into their lives for many aspects, such as for success, prosperity, girl’s marriage, to seek his protection, to keep away from the evil powers, etc.
Natives visit Lord Hanuman temples and chant Mantras, Hanuman Chalisa and Sundar Kand, etc. Mostly, at the end of the prayer, Puja, the Priest puts the holy Tilak or Tika-mark on the forehead of the devotees. Hanuman Jayanti is observed in India and Nepal and in some other parts of the world as well, especially with a concentration of Indian origin people; however, the date and timing of marking Hanuman Jayanti can vary.
Other than Lord Hanuman’s strength and power, people also worship Lord Hanuman as they regard him as a symbol of devotion.
Many physical fitness personnel, wrestlers, bodybuilders, sports persons, etc also in particular worship Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman is said to be called with 108 names. Many parents name their children after some of the Lord Hanuman names. To mention some of the name forms of Lord Hanuman - Bajrangbali, Anjanisut, Balibima, Bal Bheem, Chiranjivi, Hanumate, Kabalikruta, Mahaviraya, Manoj or Manojavaya, Maruti, Pratapavat, Ramadhuta, Rudra, Sankat Mochan, Tatvagyanapradaya and so forth.
The significance of Hanuman Jayanti
Lord Hanuman is regarded as the 11th avatar of Lord Shiva. Lord Hanuman’s parents were mother Anjana and father Shri Kesari Nandan. In a legend, it is believed that his mother consumed a sacred sweet pudding which is believed to have come from a holy prayer ceremony Yajna; this was sent through an eagle and had the blessings of Lord Shiva. Anjana and Shri Kesari were blessed with son Hanuman. The parents of Lord Hanuman were devoted and prayed to Lord Shiva for a son.
On the day of Hanuman Jayanti, many devotees, especially the ones called Hanuman Bhakt visit Hanuman temples across the region. Bhakti means dedicated devotee. As it is believed that Lord Hanuman was born very early in the morning, many Priests in temple and devotees perform prayers before dawn and just up to the sunrise. Natives seek the grace and blessings of Lord Hanuman, also as he is known as the provider of happiness and destroyer of problems, challenges, and difficulties. Lord Hanuman was known for his devotion, bravery, chivalry, strong warrior courage type, strength, power, perseverance, etc.
Hanuman Jayanti Puja Vidhi
By worshiping Lord Hanuman on Hanuman Jayanti, many diseases, fears, and problems are said to get removed. The worship is also said to keep overall auspiciousness and to enable happiness and prosperity to natives throughout the year. As Lord Hanuman liked oil and vermilion, offering jasmine oil and vermilion to Lord Hanuman either in a Hanuman temple or on to his idol on the day of Hanuman Jayanti is considered highly auspicious.
A rose garland should be put on Lord Hanuman in the temple, or on his image or idol in a holy place or Puja corner in the house or place of work. Fresh flowers and coconut can also be offered. Oil lamps with Ghee, clarified butter, are lit. Natives apply sindoor and light fragrant incense sticks.
There are different Puja Vidhi dates and timings for different parts of the region. The date and timing of Hanuman Jayanti Puja Vidhi for the New Delhi area is:
Purnima Tithi begins at 7:26 pm on the 18th of April, Thursday, and the Purnima Tithi ends at 4:41 pm on the 19th of April, Friday. A native may consult and cross-check with a Priest or Astrologer as per the his-her area.
Important rules for Puja Vidhi of Hanuman Jayanti
On the day of Hanuman Jayanti, natives and Lord Hanuman Bhakts wake up very early in the morning, much before dawn. This activity is considered highly auspicious, as also mentioned above, Lord Hanuman is believed to have been born very early in the morning. They bathe and clean their surrounding areas, which is also in preparation for the prayer offering to Lord Hanuman.
Lord Hanuman is associated with the planet Saturn. Special prayers are offered by natives with a weak or malefic Saturn in their birth chart, Janam Kundli. The worship of Lord Hanuman is advised by Priests and Astrologers to reduce the distressing effect of Sade-Sati and Dhaaiya aspect effect of the Saturn. Many unmarried girls are advised to worship Lord Hanuman especially on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Though Lord Hanuman was regarded as a bachelor himself, unmarried girls are advised to worship him as he destroys the negative energies, and Lord Hanuman overcomes obstacles and challenges faced in getting married. Worship to Lord Hanuman also brings favorability in destiny.
Along with the singing of Bhajans, many Priests and natives auspiciously pour the mustard oil on the idol of Lord Hanuman. Priests in temple bathe and clean the idols of Lord Hanuman.
Many men do not shave or cut nails on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, and especially if it is falling on a Saturday. Many natives offer bananas and other food items to monkeys, especially near temples.
All About Hanuman Jayanti Vrat
Many natives and Lord Hanuman Bhakts observe a Vrat, fast, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. The Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is also called Hanuman Jayanti Upvaas. Upvaas relates to concentration on God and fasting on the deities honor. Medically, observing Vrat, fast, is said to have mental and physical benefits. However, in case a native has a medical problem, s/he should consult before observing the fast, i.e., going through the day without eating formal. Eating of fruits and milk is allowed.
Many devotees chant the Hanuman Chalisa, sing Bhajans, recite Mantras and perform Aarti on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti while observing the Hanuman Jayanti Vrat.
The Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is broken only in the evening, after the prayer ceremony to Lord Hanuman; but the timing of breaking the Vrat can vary and should be checked. Many break the fast only after visiting the Lord Hanuman temple in the evening, at dusk. However, some devotees observe the fast until the next day morning.
Lord Hanuman Mantra is—
श्री हनुमंते नम:
Shree Hanumate Namah
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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-04-17 15:17:42 )
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