Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu festival celebrated to honor the birth of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. Hanuman Jayanti is usually celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu lunar calendar. According to the Hindu mythology, Sri Hanuman symbolizes power, strength and knowledge. He is the incarnation of Lord Shiva and was born of the wind God ‘Vayu’ and Anjani Devi. He is referred to by several other names like Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Pavankumar, Bajrangabali and Mahavira.
There are significant mythological legends associated with the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti. He was born as a monkey to serve Lord Rama, and it is his fierce devotion to the Lord that establishes the significance of this festival. One day he happened to see Goddess Sita applying sindoor on her forehead. When asked the significance of applying sindoor, Sita replied that it would ensure long and healthy life for her husband. On learning this he smeared his entire body with sindoor to ensure the immortality of his Lord. Such was his love for the Lord. Today, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Hanuman is his utmost devotion to lord Rama.
On the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, kirtan are held in the temple of Sree Hanuman before sunrise. It continues till the sun rises, as it is then that Sree Hanuman was supposed to have taken his birth. On this occasion the idols of Sree Hanuman are bathed. They are then smeared with sindoor and offered ritualistic prayers. Devotees visit the temples and apply sindoor on their foreheads from the Hanumans body as it is considered a good sign. The idol of Sree Hanuman is worshipped religiously and sweets made from dry ginger are distributed. There is also the repeated chanting of ‘Sri Hanumate Namaha’ People pray to the Lord for the establishment of peace, prosperity and happiness.
In various places wrestling shows are organized and wrestlers from all over participate in the show. They display their strength and bravery to compete with each other. Wrestling shows are the manifestation of the real power and strength of Lord Hanuman.
Last Updated On: 2011/06/28