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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.

Hanuman Jayanti 2023 Date & Puja Muhurat

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All About Hanuman Jayanti Festival

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.

Significance of Hanuman Jayanti Festival

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.

How to Perform Hanuman Jayanti Puja?

The celebrations of this pious day begin from the early morning itself. Let us take you through the puja vidhi of this propitious festival:

  • Devotees should get up early in the morning and take a bath.
  • Follow this with deep meditation or dhyaan.
  • Take a sankalp or pledge to perform the Hanuman puja with utmost devotion.
  • Place a wooden chowki or stool and cover in a clean yellow cloth. Place the idol of Lord Hanuman on the chowki, making the idol face East direction.
  • Ligh a ghee or oil lamp to the right of the chowki.
  • Begin the puja by invoking Lord Ganesha and seeking his blessings to complete the rituals without any hassles.
  • Sprinkle some holy water on the idol of Lord Hanuman. Perform an Abhishek of the idol using holy water, raw milk, honey, ghee, curd, etc. Wipe the idol clean with a clean cloth after performing the Abhishek.
  • Dress the deity in clean clothes and offer a kalava to the idol.
  • Offer akshat and janeu to the deity.
  • Apply Chandan mix and perfume on the idol. Smear orange sindoor on the idol.
  • Offer the deity some fruits and flowers.
  • Light incense sticks and dhoop.
  • Chant mantras to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman and recite the Hanuman Chalisa.
  • Offer the prasad to the deity as bhog. The prasad needs to be made by following a Sattvic recipe.
  • One can even offer tamboolam, which is made out of coconut husk, paan, beetle nuts, fruits, and Dakshina.
  • Perform a parikrama by turning to your right.
  • Perform the aarti.
  • Join your hands together and seek the blessings from the Lord for a prosperous future.

Rituals Associated with Hanuman Jayanti 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:

  • Many devotees around the country observe a fast to commemorate this day. Special pujas and paaths are conducted on the occasion of this auspicious day.
  • In the temples, this day is celebrated with even greater vigor. Spiritual discourses dedicated to Lord Hanuman are conducted in the temples, and delicious bhog is prepared as prashad. This prashad is later distributed among the devotees to shower the blessings of Lord Hanuman upon one and all.
  • Some temples in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, namely the Namakkal temple, Nanganallur temple, Suchindram temple, Alathiyoor temple, and Thrikkaviyoor temple celebrate the day with great pomp and splendor.
  • Devotional hymns dedicated to Lord Hanuman are sung with fervor on this day.
  • People especially recite the Hanuman Chalisa, the Ram Naam mantras, the Vishnu Sahastranama, and other holy scriptures on this day.
  • Holy books like the Shri Ramcharitmanas, the Bhagvat Gita, the Shrimad Vishnu Purana, and the Shrimad Bhagavad Purana are read on this day to increase one’s good deeds in this lifetime. Apart from this, the Sundarkaand is recited on this day to neutralize the effects of negative energies surrounding an individual.
  • The idol of Lord Hanuman is offered with a janeu or the holy thread worn by Hindu males. Other than that, Lord Hanuman is said to love orange sindoor, so offerings of the sindoor mixed with oil are made to the deity.

Astrological Significance of Hanuman Jayanti

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.

Legends Associated with Hanuman Jayanti Festival

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.

If you have any queries about the Hanuman Jayanti 2023 muhurat, feel free to connect with the Astroyogi astrologers.

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