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Hanuman Jayanti is a celebration that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman on the occasion of his birthday. Each year this day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Chaitra month, and this year, it will fall on 16th April.
Purnima Tithi Begins - 02:25 AM on Apr 16, 2022
Purnima Tithi Ends - 12:24 AM on Apr 17, 2022
Purnima Tithi Begins - 09:19 AM on Apr 05, 2023
Purnima Tithi Ends - 10:04 AM on Apr 06, 2023
The festivities of this day differ all across the nation as it is a day that is celebrated with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Many Hanuman bhakts or disciples even observe fast or vrat as it is called in Hindi to seek the blessings of the Lord on this auspicious day.
Each region of the country celebrates this occasion in its own unique way. It is a perfect example of unity in diversity that is the backbone of our multicultural nation. This day is also popularly known as Hanuman Janamotsav as it marks the birth anniversary of Lord Hanuman, the beloved follower of Lord Rama. Celebrations for this day begin days prior to the actual festival, which falls either in the Vaisakha month or the Chaitra month as per the Hindu Panchang. However, in the southern parts of the country, namely in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, this festival is celebrated in Dhanu, which is locally called Margazhi.
Many scriptures in the Hindu religion hint towards an ancient saying which suggests that if one wishes to seek the blessings of Lord Rama, they have to pray to Lord Hanuman in order to reach the Maryada Purshottam. Lord Rama is said to help assuage one’s sorrows and troubles, but he can only be reached through the Pavan Putra Hanuman. As a consequence of this, the festival of Hanuman Jayanti 2023 is celebrated to seek the blessings of both Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman.
It is said that praying to Lord Hanuman can dispel fear from one’s mind. There is immense power in his protection as he is the sankat mochan and the favorite devotee of Lord Rama. He bestows his blessings upon those who pray to him, filling their lives with joy. It is precisely for these reasons that recitation of the Hanuman Chalisa is said to aid in absolving misery and making one’s mind strong and free of fright.
The celebrations of this pious day begin from the early morning itself. Let us take you through the puja vidhi of this propitious festival:
This festival holds a lot of importance to the people all over the country. As a result, people celebrate this day with unmatched excitement. Here are some of the prominent rituals associated with this day:
The auspicious occasion is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha tithi in the month of Chaitra. The Chaitra Poornima or full moon day marks the festival’s arrival every year. As per scriptures, Lord Hanuman is the possessor of herculean powers, and he symbolizes the qualities of courage, bravery, compassion, and loyalty. The astrological significance behind celebrating his venerated figure is to ward off evil energies and negativity from our lives. By reciting the Hanuman Chalisa, a devotee wishes to embody the same courage and bravery that Lord Hanuman possesses, helping them fight off bad energies. The day is celebrated to seek internal strength from the Lord and live a happy and abundant life.
As per the Ramayana, the greatest epic of the Hindus, Lord Hanuman was an incarnation of Lord Shiva and was born to the Vaanar Raj, Kesari, and his wife, Anjana. His birth’s sole purpose was to serve Lord Rama. He held great devotion towards the Maryada Purshottam in his heart. According to a legend surrounding this deep devotion exhibited by him, he once saw Goddess Sita applying orange sindoor on her head. Watching this, he asked Goddess Sita the reason behind her actions. She then explained to him that she applied the sindoor on her head to ensure the long life of her husband, Shree Ram. Hearing this, Lord Hanuman smeared his entire body with orange sindoor to make sure his idolized Shree Ram lived a long and healthy life. It is for this reason that Lord Hanuman is said to love orange sindoor so much and his idols are usually covered with it to appease him.
The day of happy Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to embody Hanuman-like courage in our beings, to protect ourselves from all our fears, and to banish all evil forces from our lives. It is a day to appease the divine Lord Hanuman and seek his blessings for a life full of strength and vitality.
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