Hanuman Jayanti

Festivals of India, April 23rd, 2024

Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu festival celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanuman, who is one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. Hanuman is known for his unwavering devotion to Lord Rama and is considered a symbol of strength, courage, and devotion.

The festival usually falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, which typically occurs in March or April according to the Gregorian calendar. However, the date may vary based on different regional calendars and traditions.

On Hanuman Jayanti, devotees observe various rituals and ceremonies to honor Lord Hanuman. These may include:

1. Fasting: Many devotees observe fasts on this day as a mark of reverence and devotion to Lord Hanuman.

2. Visiting temples: Devotees visit Hanuman temples to offer prayers, flowers, and sweets to the deity. Temples are often decorated with flowers and lights, and special bhajans (devotional songs) are sung in praise of Hanuman.

3. Reading of Hanuman Chalisa: Hanuman Chalisa, a hymn dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is recited by devotees with great devotion. It consists of 40 verses composed by the saint Tulsidas in the Awadhi language.

4. Community gatherings: In many places, community gatherings, satsangs, and processions are organized to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti. These events often include religious discourses, dramas depicting the life of Hanuman, and other cultural activities.

5. Charity and seva: Devotees also engage in acts of charity and seva (selfless service) on this day, following the example of Hanuman’s selfless devotion and service to Lord Rama.

The significance of Hanuman Jayanti extends beyond religious boundaries, as Hanuman is revered by people of various spiritual beliefs for his virtues of devotion, courage, and loyalty. The festival serves as a reminder of the importance of these virtues in one’s life and the power of unwavering faith in overcoming obstacles.

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