Lord Shiva – the God of the God’s is said to be reincarnated as Hanuman. According to Mythology, Lord Shiva is said to have taken his 11th Rudra Avatar as Lord Hanuman in order to assist Lord Rama, an Avatar of Lord Vishnu, in fighting the evil Ravana.
Lord Hanuman was born to Kesari and Anjani on the Chaitra Shukla Purnima – the Full Moon Day on the Hindu Calendar Month of Chaitra, that is why he is known as ‘KESERI NANDAN’ and ‘ANJANEYA’. He is regarded to be the son of Hindu deity ‘VAYU’ (the wind). Lord Hanuman is believed to be invincible and immortal as well. People believe that worshiping him with all your heart can never go vague as he is the only God who is still alive and lives somewhere on the Earth.
Auspicious Date and Time Of Hanuman Jayanti on 2018
Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on the full moon day during Chaitra month.
31st March 2018 – Saturday
Purnima Tithi Begins = 19:35 on 30/Mar/2018
Purnima Tithi Ends = 18:06 on 31/Mar/2018
On the eve of Hanuman Jayanti, the spiritual activities are started at dawn. Shastras say that Hanuman was born during Sunrise hence, the activities and chants are stopped at that time by offering Prasad to people.
Lord Hanuman is followed by many people and is worshiped with a lot of devotion. People chant Hanuman Chalisa 108 times together in a gathering and remember his contributions.
Why is Hanuman Jayanti Celebrated?
The great sage Angira had once visited the abode of Lord Indra. The overjoyed Indra arranged a dance performance by a beautiful apsara named Punjiksthala. But, the sage was least interested and went into deep meditation. At the end when he was asked about the performance, he replied honestly that he was not interested in watching it. This offended the dancer and she showed unwanted resentment which in turn angered the Sage. He cursed the dancer saying she shall be born on the earth from the heaven in the form of a female monkey, around a mountainous region.
Punjiksthala then felt sorry and expressed her apologies to the sage. She then went to another sage and he blessed her that a great worshipper of Lord Vishnu would be born to her and will serve the Almighty forever. Thus Punjiksthala was born in this world as Anjana, daughter of Kunjar, the monkey king. She was married off to Kapiraj Kesari of Mount Sumeru and later gave birth to the mighty Hanuman. She gave birth to Hanuman after consuming the Putreshti Yagna’s fruit.
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The significance of Hanuman Jayanti
It is believed that no negative energy can ever harm Lord Hanuman and thus his devotees worship him on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti so as to remove all kinds of problems and difficulties from their lives. He is said to be the epitome of great knowledge, devotion, strength, divine power, intelligence, and bravery. Worshiping him will inculcate these behavioral traits within us as well. As he is known to be an avatar of Lord Shiva and the only God existing in the Earth, his powers are incomparable. He listens to every devotee’s need and does fulfill it as well.
Hanuman Jayanti Puja Vidhi
It is believed that Lord Hanuman does not accept prayers if you do not pray his Lord Rama first. His dedication and honesty to his Lord will always remain a lesson for us. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show among people. He is the most famous God among all. Know the famous Hanuman Temples In India.
- It is believed that Lord Hanuman was born at the time of sunrise and therefore all the puja vidhi are started at dawn on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti.
- After the completion of all the rituals, Prasad and food are distributed amongst the worshipers of Lord Hanuman.
- People gather in Hanuman temples early in the morning to worship him.
- Practices like charity and mediation are performed in order to please Lord Hanuman and his Lord Rama.
- This day is considered to be very auspicious for starting any new job. If something is started with the name of Lord Hanuman, then is assured to provide best results.
- On this day, Chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and Sankat Mochan Ashtakare is done along with other mantras to please the Lord.
- Sankalpam is done by the devotees to take the blessings of Lord Hanuman.
- Fire ritual and Havan are also performed on this auspicious occasion.
- On Hanuman Jayanti people also observe fast and perform meditation.
- Hanuman Jayanti is considered very auspicious for wrestlers and bodybuilders. On this day, they fast from morning till night. Bodybuilding and wrestling competitions are organized in Indian villages. They assemble at the wrestling field after paying obeisance to Lord Hanuman.
Certain major rules of Puja Vidhi
Applying Sindoor – Sindoor should be applied with the ring finger.
Offering Flowers – Flowers and leaves of calotropis (ruee) in a number of Five or multiples of five and the stems of flowers should be turned towards the Deity.
Lighting incense sticks – Kewda, Chameli (Jasmine) and Ambar incense in a number of two are to be lighted. Holding them between the index finger and thumb of the right hand, the incense sticks should be waved thrice, in a clockwise direction, in a full circle.
Circumambulation – Minimum five rotations are required but if a worshipper wants to perform more, then they should be in multiples of five.
All About Hanuman Jayanti Vrat
Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is observed on the Chaitra Purnima day, while in Maharashtra and other western parts of India, Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is observed on the day prior to Hanuman Jayanti.
- Unlike most Hindu fasts and vrats that are practiced by women, Hanuman Jayanti Vrat is observed mostly by men, particularly the wrestlers and bodybuilders.
- Preparations for the festival and fast begin early in the morning.
- Homes are thoroughly cleaned and idols, body or pictures of Lord Hanuman are purified.
- These are then smeared with Sindoor and a lamp is lit next.
- Prayers are chanted and sweets and bananas are offered. Devotees recite the Hanuman Chalisa.
- The Vrat is kept from sunrise to sunset. However, people who observe a partial fast consume fruits and milk, with some exceptions of eating Sabudan Khichdi.
- The fast is broken by offering puja in the evening or visiting a Hanuman Temple in the neighborhood.
Lord Hanuman Mantra
Chant this Hanuman Mantra to receive his blessings on this auspicious day.
Jitendrium Buddhimatam Varishtham
Shri Ramdutam Sharanam Prapdye.
जितेंदरियुम बौद्धमूर्ति वरिष्थम
श्री रामदत्तम शारानम पारदेय
7 Most Famous Hanuman Temple in India
Lord Hanuman is said to be everywhere and is immortal. A person who prays him with all his heart and devotion can acquire his blessings easily. But, temples always give a more sacred feeling and create a sort of spiritual awakening within us. The atmosphere in temples is quite different and makes us deliver a purer form of worship. Below mentioned are some of the holiest temples of Bajrang Bali.
Here, a very large rock in the shape of Hanuman that had recovered itself is worshiped. There is a small water pond in the idol’s feet whose water never gets over.
Here, there is an old idol of Lord Hanuman standing against a mountain for years. And a small water flow that meets the river touches this idol.
The Hanuman idol here was established by Saint Tulsidas.
This temple in Ayodhya is built on a hill that stands on the right side of River Saray. To reach this temple, people need to climb 76 stairs. The idol of Lord Hanuman here is always covered with flowers.
Hanuman Temple, Allahabad
Located near the Allahabad fort, the Hanuman temple is famous among devotees. It is the only temple where the Hanuman idol is in reclining position. Another fascinating thing about the temple is that every year the temple gets immersed when the water level of River Ganga rises during monsoon.
Saalasar Hanuman Temple, Rajasthan
This idol of Lord Hanuman has a beard and a mustache. This idol is said to be found by a farmer.
Shri Panchmukh Aanjanayar Swami Temple, Kumbakonam
Shri Panchmukh Aanjanayar Swami Temple is located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. The Hanuman idol in this temple is in the form of Panchmukh (five faces). It is believed that each of the five faces of Hanuman has a different significance.
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