Date: 11th April, 2017
Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman in the Hindu month of Chaitra. Hanuman, a dedicated devotee of Lord Rama, is venerated for his unflinching and undaunted devotion to the God. Hanuman ji is also known as ‘Pavanputra’, ‘Bajrang Bali’ and ‘Anjani Putra’. He is a true epitome of dedication and devotion and has the ability to triumph over evil spirits. He is an ideal specimen of how humans can evolve to life free from suffering, pain and ignorance. A good number of worshippers gather to Hanuman temples and pay their tribute to Lord Hanuman.About Lord Hanuman
Hanuman Ji is an embodiment of Lord Shiva and an ardent follower of Lord Rama. He is generally known for his unconditional devotion towards Lord Rama. Lord Rama gave him the boon of immortality. Hanuman ji is the sign of power of celibacy, devotion, energy, and strength. He was the son of queen Anjani and King Kesari and belonged to the clan of Vanara (monkeys). The monkey face divine being helps to protect you from dangers.Legend behind the Birth of Lord Hanumana
As mentioned in Hindu mythological sagas, Punjikasthala was the assistant of planet Vrihaspati and he was cursed to take the shape of a female monkey. She had to give birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva to get the emancipation from this curse. She took birth as Anjana and contented Lord Shiva. One day, the God of Fire or Agni Dev gave a bowl of sacred dessert to King of Ajodhya, Dashrath and told the king to share it with his family. While distributing the dessert, all of a sudden an eagle came and snatched a part of this dessert. The eagle then dropped the holy dessert bowl at the place where the Anjana was observing rigorous penance. She had the dessert and gave birth. Later on, this child came to be known as Pavanputra.Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations
The devotees of Lord Hanuman celebrate Hanuman Jayanti every year with high spirits. It is mentioned in religious texts that Hanuman Ji took birth at sunrise and devotees begin the spiritual discourses early in the morning and stop it after sundown. They go to nearby shrines to worship Hanuman Ji. At the shrine, they apply vermillion on the deity’s idol. As per a legend, sindoor is a way of expressing his unconditional and unwavering devotion towards Lord Rama. Devotees also observe fast and read Hanuman Chalisa to seek his blessings.