Children , do you know why is Hanuman Jayanti celebrated? It is celebrated every year in the Hindi month of Chaitra (Chaitra Pournima) on the15th day of Shukla Paksha to commemorate the birth of Sri Hanuman. Hindus worship Sri Hanuman as a divine creature. This celebration is significant to all, however, Brahmacharis, wrestlers and bodybuilders are specially inclined towards this celebration. Lord Hanuman is known by many names such as Bajrangabali, Pavanasuta, Pavankumar, Mahavira, Balibima, Marutsuta, Anjanisut, Sankat Mochan, Anjaneya, Maruti, Rudra and many more.
Having great devotion, strength, knowledge, power, bravery, intelligence and spirit for selfless service Lord Hanuman devoted his life for Sri Ram and never showed his bravery and intelligence without any purpose. The devotees of Lord Hanuman always seek his blessings for their bright future. He is worshipped in many ways by his devotees; some meditate by chanting his name to get power, fame, success etc whereas some read the Hanuman Chalisa to get the same. In all the mandirs of the Swaminarayan Sampraday, Hanumanji and Ganeshji are consecrated in their own special shrines in front of the mandir. They are offered special puja on Saturdays with oil and white ankada flowers.
Pre-birth story of Hanuman
Once Angira rishi visited Indra in heaven. Indra welcomed him by arranging a dance by a damsel named Punjiksthala. As soon as she commenced dancing, the rishi closed his eyes to meditate on Paramatma. When the dance ended, the rishi remained silent. Indra then asked him, “O rishi! How was the dance?”
How it is celebrated?
According to the legend, once Lord Hanuman saw Goddess Sita applying sindoor (vermillion) on her forehead. On seeing this, Lord Hanuman enquired from her the reason for applying sindoor. Goddess Sita replied that this would ensure a long life for her husband. Hanuman then smeared His entire body with sindoor, in an effort to ensure Sri Ram’s immortality. So on this day, devotees visit temples and apply tilak of sindoor on their foreheads as this is considered to bring good luck.
People read Hanuman Chalisa as it has ability to conquer the evil spirits and provide peace to the mind and offer Prasad of laddoos. As Lord Hanuman was born to the vanar community having reddish orange body, that’s why most Hanuman temples have reddish orange coloured Hanuman idol.
Different dates of Hanuman Jayanti
In the Maharashtra, it is commemorated to the Purnima in the Hindu Lunar month of Chaitra. However, according to other Hindu calendar, it falls on 14th day (Chaturdashi) of Ashvin month in the dark fortnight. After puja, Prasad is distributed among people to have full blessings.
In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is celebrated in Margazhi month (between December and January) in the belief that Lord Hanuman was born on the amavasya in the Margazhi month. In Odisha, it is celebrated on 1st day in the month of Vaisakha (in April). In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it is celebrated on 10th day of Vaishaka month in the Krishna Paksha. It is a 41 days long celebration in Andhra Pradesh which starts from the Chaitra Purnima and ends at 10th day of the Krishna Paksha of Vaishakha month.
Some renowned Temples of Sri Hanuman